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Last updated 9th August 2017

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:    Sue.Penfold@Blackburn.Anglican.Org   01254 503082
  • Discipleship & Lay Ministry Development Officer and Warden of Pastoral Assistants:     Mandy.Stanton@Blackburn.Anglican.Org  01254 503084
  • Department Administrator: Rosie.Strachan@Blackburn.Anglican.Org  01254 503078


Contacts: Vocations

  • Diocesan Director of Ordinands and IME2:  John Darch   01254 813544
  • Assistant Diocesan Director of Ordinands: David Arnold    01257 474025
  • Assistant Diocesan Director of Ordinands: Stef Dnistrianskyj   01253 823978
  • Assistant Diocesan Director of Ordinands: Cindy Rigny      01524 793125
  • Vocations Coordinator:  Catherine Hale  vocation@Blackburn.Anglican.Org   01282 814237


Other Contacts:

  • Self-Supporting Ordained Ministry Officer:  Peter Shepherd  01200 425053
  • Warden of Spiritual Directors:  Nick Mansfield  01772 742367
  • Warden of Readers:   Andrew Holliday  01257 421396
  • Director of Studies for the Diocese All Saints Centre for Mission and Ministry:  01254 235089