Ministerial Training (In-Service)

In-service training for Ministers of 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 Training and Development Officer.  There is a grant of £350 during EM2, £700 during EM3. (2022) [see Ministers’ training grants and funding guidance ]

After 10 years’ service (and every 10th year thereafter), ministers are entitled to a three month sabbatical (grant £1,200) Sabbaticals need to be planned with the Development Officer at least one year ahead. [see Ministers’ training grants and funding guidance]

There is training for ordained and lay church leaders through the Church Leadership Programme – details on the main URC website with new dates for 2022

Other grants are sometimes available for certain specific forms of in-service training, such as the Coward Trust.  Please discuss with Andy. 


Page last updated 2/2/22