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Last updated 15th March 2018

Discipleship and Ministry

The Discipleship and Ministry Department exists to support our clergy and parishes. 

The team is responsible for:

  • Clergy Continuing Ministerial Education (CME) for those beyond IME 2, Ministry Development Review (MDR) and training grants (including clergy sabaticals)
  • Developing Discipleship and Lay ministry, including training for Occasional Preachers and other practical issues, and support for the network of Pastoral Assistants
  • Recruitment, training or support for Readers 
  • Vocations Advisors who can help people exploring any form of licensed ministry, lay and ordained. 
  • Guiding candidates for Ordained Ministry through the diocesan and national discernment processes
  • Training for curates in their first years of Ordained Ministry
  • Self-Supporting Ordained Ministry (SSM) clergy
  • Spiritual direction, including training in this area
  • Ordinands and Readers training on our local All Saints course


Contacts: Department

  • Director of Ministry: Vacant     
  • Discipleship & Lay Ministry Development Officer and Warden of Pastoral Assistants: Mandy Stanton - Mandy.Stanton@Blackburn.Anglican.Org 01254 503084
  • Department Administrator: Rosie Strachan - Rosie.Strachan@Blackburn.Anglican.Org  01254 503078


Contacts: Vocations

  • Diocesan Director of Ordinands and IME2: Rev John Darch (retiring 23/3/18)- 01254 813544
  • Assistant Diocesan Director of Ordinands: Rev David Arnold - 01257 474025
  • Assistant Diocesan Director of Ordinands: Rev Stef Dnistrianskyj - 01253 823978
  • Assistant Diocesan Director of Ordinands: Rev Carolyn Leitch - 01253 973864
  • Vocations Coordinator: Rev Catherine Hale - vocation@Blackburn.Anglican.Org 01282 814237


Other Contacts:

  • Self-Supporting Ordained Ministry Officer: Rev Canon Peter Shepherd - 01200 425053
  • Warden of Spiritual Directors: Rev Nick Mansfield - 01772 742367
  • Warden of Readers: Rev Canon Andrew Holliday - 01257 421396
  • Director of Studies for the Diocese All Saints Centre for Mission and Ministry: Rev Matt Allen -