Ongoing Ministerial Development (OMD)


OMD is Ongoing Ministerial Development mainly for clergy and licensed lay ministers who have completed their first post after ordination or licensing. However, the events in the diocese are open to any who wish to come.

OMD is offered in the following ways:

Leading Well Course

This is required part of the OMD for all those beginning new incumbencies in the Diocese of Sheffield under Common Tenure.

There are a number of components to the programme

  1. Initial 36 hour Residential – this includes themes of listening for mission, a theology of church leadership, managing time, setting priorities, growing new vision and finding support.
  2. Study Days – these cover four areas of study: Watching over yourself; Working with individuals and teams; Leading the Christian community; Leadership in wider society.
  3. The retreat focusses around prayer, study and listening to God.

Full course information

OMD Day Conferences

These are operated on a range of themes configured under the three headings of:

  • 'Wider Wisdom': Conferences involving external speakers on major theological or other themes and includes the Bishop of Sheffield's Shrove Tuesday Lecture.
  • 'Ministry Matters': Conferences exploring the character and challenges of ministry today.
  • 'Sharpening Skills': Conferences offering skill development in ministerial practices.

Other OMD Events

These focus on theological understanding, the nature of ministry today and the skills needed for ministerial practice. They are held at different locations around the diocese. 

Induction Days

  • at Church House for those ministers who have recently arrived in the Diocese.

Yorkshire Regional Training Partnership

  • OMD Group: Conferences for Supervising Incumbents, Area Deans and those changing posts after a first responsibility post.


OMD Grants of £225 per annum for clergy and stipendiary lay ministers towards the cost of an annual retreat and a OMD event provided beyond the Diocese.

Sabbatical grants of £825 for three months OR £400 for a shorter period of between a month and three months which include the annual OMD grant. The maximum number of grants is relative to the equivalent of 6 x £825 grants.

Four postgraduate study grants of £750 per year subject to Episcopal approval.

OMD Application Form 

Other Grants Information

BA in Theology and Ministry

The programme is suitable for:

  • People who have completed the York St John Foundation Degree in Theology and Ministry (FDTM) and would like to top-up to an Honours Degree.
  • Ordained or lay ministers looking for an Ongoing Ministerial Development opportunity that will help them update their theological learning and apply it to their ministry.
  • Anglican clergy in the first three / four years after ordination who have attained a Level 2 award at the point of ordination and opt to study to gain Level 3.
  • Anyone who is interested in contemporary issues in Christian theology and ministry from both an academic and a practical point of view.

 Visit York St John University for more information

Sarum College

Sarum College (Salisbury) offer a range of flexible study programmes in theology, ministry and related subjects which fit alongside professional and personal commitments. They run four postgraduate study programmes as well as flexible training for ministry (ordained or lay).

Try a free Taster Day to visit the College and sample one of four MA pathways:

To schedule an appointment to discuss your study interests and options, contact MA administrator Rosemary Nicklen, or 01722 424827 (Mondays – Thursdays).

They also offer flexible training for ministry (ordained or lay) to suit busy lifestyles, with online modules, residential weekends, smaller groups and your home context to create an integrated approach to your training. 

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Leading Well

Developing Excellence in Church Leadership (for incumbents only)

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