What is a sabbatical?

The concept grows out of the Sabbath tradition of rest, renewal and re-creation and sabbatical leave is a period of time away from the normal place of work. It is not the same as a holiday, a ministerial exchange or study leave, though these may be elements within it. Sabbaticals are for those in active and healthy ministry, rather than recovering from illness or a crisis.Their duration is a maximum of three months.

Who can apply?

Stipendiary Clergy who have been ordained for ten years or more, of which at least the last three years are in this diocese.The CMD officer will not accept applications from clergy who are within five years of retirement.

What is the process?

Please contact CMD officer, Revd Catherine Pickford,
Tel:01670 785606 to arrange to meet to discuss your proposal. You then need to complete a form, which is submitted to the CMD officer who will discuss it with you, and take it to the Ministry Council for a decision as to whether the sabbatical will be granted.There will usually be up to four sabbaticals granted a year. The initial request for the sabbatical must be made at least 12 months before the proposed sabbatical is due to start. 

Is there a grant for sabbaticals?

Yes. The CMD officer can grant up to 1,100 from the CMD budget.

Do I need to give any feedback after the sabbatical?

Yes. You are asked to submit a report of about 1,500 words about your sabbatical to the CMD officer. If appropriate, you should be willing to deliver some training/development based on the subject of your sabbatical so that others can benefit from your experience.

Sabbatical Reports

Sabbatical Report 2019 - Pat Craighead

Sabbatical Report 2018 - Rob Kelsey

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