Role Specific Development

This report examines Role-Specific Development (RSD). In particular, the aim of the present report is to consider how effective RSD has been over the past four years.

Ratings of RSD effectiveness vary widely and from ‘not very effective’ to ‘largely effective’ across different clergy groups and have changed little overall from 2011 to 2013. There are some suggestions that participation in RSD has decreased between 2011 and 2013.

Participation in RSD for both SM and SSMs has a very limited and inconsistent effect (although where significant effects are found they are generally positive).

The quality of RSD was found to have a greater effect on outcomes that participation. This reinforces the idea that the quality of RSD varies and that ‘effective RSD’ has a particularly good chance of influencing key outcomes. If RSD is found effective then the following are likely to result:

  • More positive perceptions of diocesan support and justice
  • Less burnt out clergy
  • More engaged SMs

RSD that is seen as ineffective is likely to result in the opposite outcomes.

The quality of RSD has a limited effect on spiritual and numerical growth.

Many of these effects are likely to be achieved both in the short term but also over a longer-term period.

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