Research questions


One of the key areas of work of the Ministry Division is to assist dioceses and theological education institutions in providing high quality training, support and continuing development for clergy. Our Vocational Pathways Research explored how the two phases of initial ministerial education (college and curacy) are currently experienced and understood from a range of perspectives. The Living Ministry research aims to provide a better understanding of what this education leads to, asking what clergy trained in various ways go on to do and what enables them to flourish in their ministry.

What enables ordained ministers to flourish in ministry?

Flourishing in ministry has two interrelated aspects:

  • Wellbeing (personal and professional flourishing), and

  • Ministerial outcomes (effectiveness).

The Living Ministry research will explore both of these dimensions as it seeks to identify patterns, processes and dynamics involved in ministerial flourishing.

Bishop Mark Tanner

Living Ministry promises to be a high quality of research vital to the ongoing health of the church, as we seek to invest ourselves in healthy and sustainable ministry across our nation.

     Rt Revd Mark Tanner - Bishop of Berwick

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