Initial Ministerial Education 4-7 / IME Phase Two


In the Diocese of Newcastle we are continuing to develop the training of clergy in the four years following ordination.

This period is known as Initial Ministerial Education (IME) Phase 2 (IME Phase 1 takes place prior to ordination, either at a residential college, or through a non-residential course such as Lindisfarne). The delivery of IME Phase 2 is also part of the work of the Lindisfarne College of Theology.

In IME Phase 2 we are seeking steadily to put into practice the recommendations flowing from the significant national reports, Formation for Ministry Within a Learning Church (2003, known as the Hind Report), and Shaping the Future (2005). The growing collaboration between the Dioceses of Newcastle and Durham in IME Phase 2 has now been formalised through the formation of the Lindisfarne Partnership, and the incorporation of IME Phase 2 in this.

Recent years have seen some significant changes to the training programme:

  • a larger number of events taking place;
  • most events are now run in mixed Newcastle and Durham year groups (so each of years 4, 5, 6 and 7 have a clear programme);
  • there is a much fuller Year 7 programme for those reaching the end of their curacy, and in the process of transition to positions of responsibility or to new roles as assistant clergy.


All the details of our approach to IME Phase 2 and of the events for curates and training incumbents are found in the Diocesan IME Phase 2 Handbooks. Every curate and training incumbent should have received both an electronic copy by e-mail and a hard copy of the relevant Handbook.

Alternatively, download a copy of the relevant Handbook: Year 4-5, Years 6-7.

Download a Curate Expense Claim Form. Claim forms should be completed electronically and must be submitted by 31 August 2016 for all claims between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016.

If you cant find the information you need, please contact the Director of Initial Ministerial Education for Newcastle and Durham Dioceses: j.cooper@newcastle.anglican.org.

Revd Jennifer Cooper
Director of Initial Ministerial Education
Church House
St John's Terrace
North Shields
Ne29 6HS


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