Extended Ministerial Development Leave

Extended Ministerial Development Leave (EMDL) or sabbatical is an opportunity once a decade to step back from ministry and have up to three months away in a time combining elements of refreshment, study, retreat, relaxation and family.

Enquiries about EMDL should, in the first instance, be made to the Ministry Training Team Leader.

Visit the Clergy Training section for more development opportunities.

Kenneth Cross, vicar for Alcombe benefice, shared this video of his sabbatical in 2021.

Who to contact

Ronnie Crossman, Ministry Training Team Leader

Sophie Moore, Resources and Programme Support


EMDL policy

EMDL application form

List of external grant makers (PDF)

List of external grant makers (Word)

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