Ministerial Training (In-Service)

In-service training for Ministers or Word and Sacraments and Church-Related Community Workers: Education for Ministry 2 (“EM2”) and Education for Ministry 3 (“EM3”)

The purpose of EM2 and EM3 is to develop ministry through work-related practical training, educational, spiritual, and professional development. Grants are given only for these purposes.

EM2 refers to the first few (usually three) years of service as an ordained minister or CRCW. EM3 refers to the subsequent period of service. Special training week-ends are organised for those in EM2 (EM2 ministers/CRCWs should receive details direct from Rev. Elizabeth Gray-King (the national URC’s Education for Ministry Phase 2 Officer), but contact the Development Officer in case of difficulty. (EM2 ministers need to ensure that Elizabeth Gray-King has their current contact details and any changes.)

During EM2/3, ministers/CRCWs are entitled to attend the following in-service training events (at no cost to themselves):

  • Synod Spring Schools
  • ONET (Ongoing Education and Training) Days
  • Two weeks’ other training, selected by the minister/CRCW (subject to approval by the Development Officer) (grant (2015): £175 during EM2, £350 during EM3.) [see Ministers’ EM2/3 Grants and Funding Guidance]

After 10 years’ service (and every 10th year thereafter), ministers are entitled to a three month sabbatical (grant £1,200 – the existing figure will remain unchanged in 2013 and 2014.) Sabbaticals need to be planned with the Development Officer at least one year ahead. [see Ministers’ Sabbaticals]

For travel abroad, a “Belonging to the World Church” grant may be available. “Belonging to the World Church” grants are also potentially available to lay people.

Other grants are sometimes available for certain specific forms of in-service training, from the URC’s Continuing Studies Fund or Norman Goodall Fund or from the Coward Trust.