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Clergy Formation

Professional development

All active clergy in the Diocese, as well as some diocesan lay staff, are members of the Continuing Education Plan of the National Church. There are also professional development grants available from the Diocese for special training needs through the General Assistance Funds.

Learn more about professional development.

Fresh Start for clergy

Clergy in new incumbencies and associates (with the approval of their area bishop) meet for a one-day gathering each month for learning and support. This gathering is hosted by trained Fresh Start facilitators and offers a collegial environment in which to explore transition in ministry together.

If you’ve recently been appointed to a new position, one of the facilitators in your area will be in touch with you soon to welcome you to the program and answer any questions you might have.

We invite you to fully review these materials before your first meeting:

For more information, contact the Bishop’s Office at 416-363-6021, ext. 212 (1-800-668-8932).


Momentum was created to provide professional development for the newly ordained in the context of a supportive peer environment. It’s a two-year program in total, generally coinciding with an assistant curacy. New clergy meet eight times a year on day-long and overnight retreats.

The curriculum covers a variety of topics determined by the College of Bishops. Sessions are usually facilitated by experienced clergy, fostering a collegial, adult-learning style method of post-ordination training.

The current Momentum Curriculum covers June 2020 to June 2021. You can also see a two-year Momentum Curriculum Overview.

For more information, contact the Rev. Andrea Christensen , coordinator of Momentum, or the Rev. Andrew MacDonald, coordinator of Momentum.