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 Head of Mission Support and Ministry Development.

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

Charlie Peer, Head of Mission Support & Ministry Development

Sophie Moore, Ministry Development Administrator


EMDL policy

EMDL application form

List of external grant makers (PDF)

List of external grant makers (Word)