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.
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:
- introductory Fresh Start video
- the Entrances and Exits presentation and handouts
- a reading list with suggested resources for transitioning successfully
- a Liturgy of Leaving to consider using as you prepare to say goodbye to your current congregation
- Leaving your Current Appointment information and resources for clergy transition
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.