IME2 Lead - Curate Training and Development

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London Bridge, London

The Bishop of Southwark wishes to appoint an ordained priest to this exciting new post to develop the ministry of curates in the richly diverse Diocese of Southwark where we celebrate our differences, speak well of each other  and have a passion for social justice.

Southwark is committed to maintaining the strength of stipendiary ministry and to our parishes, taking forward the expansion of both lay and pioneering ministry. The formation and training of our curates is central to this. We seek to appoint an IME2 Lead who will be inspirational in accompanying our stipendiary and self-supporting curates through their initial years in ministry.



This new post has been developed to give a specific focus on the ministerial development and training of curates, in the light of Southwark Vision and the Diocesan Strategic deploymemt strategy. It is an inspirational and rewarding area of ministry. The IME2 Lead will work in collaboration especially with the DDO and with the Director of Discipleship, Lay Ministry and CMD to deliver the vision of the diocese for further enhancing ministerial provision.

The role will provide the oversight, development and ongoing ministerial formation of curates, their pastoral care and support as they prepare for their first post curacy appointment. The IME2 Lead will report to the Diocesan Bishop and liaise with the Area Bishops, Archdeacons, Area Directors of IME and training incumbents  in the development of each curate, both stipendiary and non stipendiary including pioneer curates. The IME2 Lead will review and develop IME2 to reflect both national guidelines and Southwark Vision including the preparation of curates to celebrate and affirm lay leadership and lay ministry in parishes of the diocese.

  • Oversight of IME Phase 2 and post ordination training for curates, with provision of monthly training – including the development of online learning- to meet the needs of assessment of curacy, assessing portfolio work and the collation of final reports to the Bishop of Southwark.


  • Development and pastoral care of curates with a focus on well being and resilience.


  • Offering support and coaching to curates seeking their next post.


  • Ensuring that the commitment to the development of diverse leadership in the diocese, including BAME curates, is evident in the pastoral care and coaching and support available to curates.


  • Liaison with TRIOs, Deaneries and parishes regarding curates on placement including sector ministry.


  • A review of IME2 in the light of IME1, Diocese of Southwark Strategic Deployment policies and Southwark Vision. Review of IME2 to ensure it is fit for purpose as the church develops a ‘new normal’ in the light of COVID19. The review will take up to 18 months reporting to the Bishop of Southwark with a group comprising a nominated Archdeacon, a nominated Area Dean, the DDO, the Director of Discipleship, Lay Ministry and CMD and the Diocesan Secretary.


  • Encouraging and enabling the formation of curates for ministry in Urban Estates and the celebration of lay ministry and lay leadership, together with other priorities for the national church and the diocese of Southwark.


  • Ongoing development of learning communities for curates working with the Director of Pioneering Ministry in respect of Pioneer Curates.


  • Budget and executive delivery of operational plans  reporting to the Diocesan Secretary.


  • Ordained priest of the Church of England, or a Church in communion with it.


  • A passion for the development of colleagues in ordained ministry, evidenced through knowledge and/or experience
  • A sound base of theological and ideally educational/adult learning knowledge with a willingness to develop further.
  • Evidence of working successfully with a wide range of church traditions and styles of ministry.
  • A demonstrable interest in, and experience of training and supporting clergy
  • Experience of parish based ministry


  • Effective communication with a diverse range of individuals and groups
    • Able to facilitate, listen and influence at different levels of meetings e.g. one to one, small groups and large gatherings
    • Able to speak and present articulately to large and small groups
    • Able to produce clear, informative written material.
  • Able to think and plan strategically
  • Highly organized, able to work to tight deadlines and handle conflicting priorities.
  • Able to relate to and consult with people at all levels.
  • Relates well across a diverse spectrum of people
  • IT skills for effective writing, research and presentation, including email, Word and Power Point.
  • Able to handle confidential and personal information with sensitivity and discretion

Personal attributes

  • Commitment to Southwark Vision which includes equippingclergy forcollaborative working and encouragement ofpioneer and lay ministry, including urban estates
  • Commitment to grow leadership and representation that reflects the rich diversity of our diocese
  • A confident and experienced priest who is enthusiastic and positive about the training and development of curates
  • Working successfully with a wide range of church traditions and styles of ministry.
  • Open to new approaches, and to new models of training and curacies
  • Willingness to work on own initiative and be accountable.
  • Able to work flexible hours, including regular evening and weekend commitments.
  • Willingness to travel around the Diocese.

The Diocese of Southwark serves the people, parishes, schools and chaplaincies of South London and East Surrey. It is a large diocese with a population of nearly 3 million; over 40,000 people on electoral rolls, 500 clergy (stipendiary, non-stipendiary and chaplains) and some 400 lay ministers.

The Diocese of Southwark, founded in 1905, forms part of the Province of Canterbury in England and is part of the wider Church of England, in turn part of the worldwide Anglican Communion.  The Diocese covers primarily the area of Greater London which is South of the Thames, together with the Eastern part of the county of Surrey.  It is one of the largest dioceses in terms of population and parishes as well as one of the most diverse.