MDR in the diocese of Leeds
The Diocesan Ministerial Development Review Scheme (MDR) is designed for all licensed clergy (stipendiary and SSM) beyond initial ministerial training (IME). The aim is to encourage, support and challenge in the exercise of both personal discipleship and ministry under God.
An MDR Scheme is integral to the care and support of clergy in the diocese. It is a tool to encourage reflection on practice as well as future improvement and development. The scheme is intended to be gift-enabling, gift-releasing and challenging in the best sense.
The MDR scheme operates on a three year cycle as follows:
A. An MDR meeting with your Area Bishop
with a focus on mission and your own personal well-being and that of your family (where appropriate)
B. An MDR meeting with your Archdeacon
with a focus on leadership, organisation and administration,
and on any changes which might need to be reflected in your role description;
with a focus on church growth and ministry in schools.
C. An informal meeting with your area dean
Unlike the other two years there is no paperwork this year and no summary will be sent to
the bishop or archdeacon
Early in the calendar year you will be contacted by the PA for your area bishop or archdeacon to arrange a date to meet and sending you the appropriate paperwork for your review. In years A and B you will be expected to answer some preparatory questions and send the form back in advance of the review meeting. These preparatory questions include the goals/objectives you set at your MDR in the previous year - or for clergy new to the diocese this might mean any goals you set in your induction meetings with the archdeacon and bishop. You will be asked to summarise your progress towards achieving these.
After the MDR meeting the reviewer will write a summary of your meeting which will include the goals you have agreed for the coming year.
The paperwork is also available on the diocesan website in the ‘Resources’ section. If you scroll down you will find ‘Resources for Clergy’ and then ‘Ministerial Development Review’ a little below that. The preparation sheets are: ‘MDR Bishop’s Review Preparation’ or ‘MDR Archdeacon’s Review Preparation’.