New flexible model will enable curacies to become more centred on the individual reflecting their personal journey and experience
The Diocese of Liverpool is pioneering an exciting approach to curacy training which will see a shift in the way training occurs. The move, supported by our bishops and senior clergy will see us move towards a model which allows for a shorter curacy period and wider experience and training in the core aspects of mission and ministry. This will see us move away from the traditional training incumbent model to one where a co-ordinator in a local area oversees the curate’s training needs working alongside different ministers to give a fuller experience to the curate.
This model is going to be pioneered in Wigan during 2017 before being expanded into 2018 and beyond. It will offer a great deal more flexibility than the standard model giving varied learning experiences to our curates. Curates will be able to experience a richer variety of ministries which will give them greater ability to meet potential challenges in their future ministry. We will also be building a great deal of reflection, coaching and learning that can be done as a group.
Suzanne Matthews, our Learning Manager responsible for curacy development said “we have listened carefully to our curates and training incumbents and reflected on the experience of the national church. We know existing models don’t’ match current needs and will not support the church into the future. So we are looking to grow and develop models and ideas that will help our curates become fully fit for mission.”
Bishop Richard has welcomed this model saying “Over the years I have seen the training needs of our curates change dramatically and the demands and skills needed for modern ministry have evolved. I am delighted that we will develop a flexible model and varied training experience that will produce more rounded curates”