Last updated 21st June 2017
In the Church of England, Initial Ministerial Education (IME) takes place over a period of up to seven years and is divided into two parts:
- IME Phase 1 is the period of up to three years when ordinands are trained at their theological college or course (context-based or part-time). There is a mixture of academic learning and practical placements.
- IME Phase 2 is the period of curacy. Newly-ordained ministers (both deacons and priests) serve a ‘title’ as a curate for a period of up to four years. A curacy is a training post and there are several strands to this training.
Blackburn Diocese IME Phase 2 review (2017)
Following feedback from existing and recent curates, training incumbents and group tutors in early 2017, the format and content of the Blackburn Diocese IME Phase 2 has been revised. The updated structure will commence in September 2017.
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Expectations of a Training Incumbent
Undergirding all the criteria set out below is the necessity for the training incumbent, as an experienced parish priest, to be committed to a life of prayer as the basis of all ministry, both personally and in the ministry that is shared with the curate who is being trained.
A training incumbent:
- Is settled in his/her parish, will make a commitment to stay for the curate’s diaconate, and expects to be there for the majority of the four year training period.
- Is actively engaged with Vision 2026 with an up to date parish/benefice Mission/Vision Action Plan
- Has a genuine willingness to train a curate, as distinct from merely wanting an assistant, and is already engaged in his/her own in-service training and development.
- Has a mature degree of self-awareness and understanding of his/her own:
- strengths and weaknesses in ministry and personality
- ability to work closely and collaboratively with a colleague
- Has a theological and spiritual stance which is clear but open and so is:
- able to articulate his/her own theological position
- willing to work with a colleague of a different theological and spiritual stance
- Is prepared for a curate to develop in ways different from his/her own with regard to:
- the deployment of special gifts of ministry
- specific delegated responsibilities
- preferred styles of worship, mission and pastoral ministry
- Can work in a collegial rather than hierarchical style, maintaining a healthy professional, spiritual and social relationship with the curate, sharing both the joys and sorrows of ministry while at the same time establishing and respecting clear boundaries.
- Has an understanding of learning styles and cycles in adult learning.
- Is willing and able to embrace a degree of creativity and flexibility in training.
- Can hold on to the traditional ministerial role of servant and shepherd while responding to a developing training culture in a changing church.
The financial position of the parish/benefice in respect of parish share payments will also be considered.