Developing Ministry


Developing Ministry

Leading in a Changing Church

A project-based course for clergy and ministers of the West Midlands who want to develop their leadership in changing situations.

This is a course which has been running each year since 2003 in the West Midlands. Over 180 clergy from Birmingham, Coventry, Worcester, Gloucester, Hereford and Lichfield dioceses have taken part.

The course does not offer a ‘one size fits all’ model of leadership. Instead it invites participants to reflect on their preferred style of leadership while also considering what the appropriate style might be for their own context. This is done through a mixture of high quality input and membership of a small group which works together for a year. As a preliminary exercise participants are asked to take part in a confidential questionnaire about their leadership style and performance.

The input includes sustained opportunities for biblical study, alongside insights from both church and secular contexts. Time for keeping a journal and to relax is an important part of the residential conferences and a regular pattern of worship also plays a key part.

This course is hosted by the Revd Canon Dr Mark Pryce of Birmingham Diocese and the Revd Naomi Nixon of Coventry Diocese, and includes input from a range of speakers drawn from across the West Midlands.

Who is it for?

Although the course is open to any ordained person, it works best for those who are relatively new to enhanced responsibilities. It is especially suitable for those who are incumbents for the first time and have been in post for about eighteen months, or those who have become team rectors, or those who have recently been given responsibility for a multi-parish benefice. Sector ministers have also participated in the course and found it very helpful.   


By the end of this course, we hope you…

…will have received:

  • some genuine feedback from others on how you are doing
  • some high quality, thought-provoking input on the theology and practice of leadership

…will have gained:

  • greater awareness of how you lead, and how you might do it differently
  • fresh confidence in your vocation and God’s call to you as a minister

Upcoming dates:

This course runs annually. The next opportunity to participate is 2019-20:
Induction Day: 3rd or 17th June 2019
Residential 1: 19th - 21st November 2019
Interim Day: 10th March 2020
Residential 2: 2nd - 4th June 2020


Walton Hall Hotel, Wellesbourne. Warwickshire. CV35 9HU


This course costs £1070 per person. Your contribution would be travel only. The rest of the cost will be borne by your diocese.

What do I do now?

If you wish to find out more about this course, please contact your diocesan CMD officer or administrator who will send you further details. You can find their details under the Contact tab.