Suggested Structure of Review Meeting

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Ministerial Development Review is a development review process that supports ministers both to grow in their ministry and to contribute to circuits and districts in their mission.It does so by providing a framework for ministers to engage in reflective practice in the context of their current appointment and by enabling and encouraging discussion, development and growth.

  1.  Opening prayer
  2. Identification of the values and beliefs which will achieve a positive meeting and positive outcomes  (Green Book page 30 refers)
    • A sense that the meeting has importance and value
    • An atmosphere of trust and openness
    • A sense that all are being listened to
    • A concerted effort to create shared meanings and understandings
    • A commitment to making any necessary changes happen
    • An unthreatening and supportive approach
  3. Establishment of the importance of confidentiality
  4. Establishment of a procedure for note-taking and report writing
  5. An invitation to the minister to talk about the high points of the previous year
  6. A consideration of the feedback received from others-the ministers to reflect on their reactions, perceptions and reflections on this feedback-the minister should be given an opportunity to give their perspective on the situations described
  7. The ordained and lay contributors to offer their own observations in conversation with the minister. The approach should be one in which there are regular questions and invitations to the minister to offer their point of view, focus on drawing out learning or useful pointers for the future
  8. Affirmation of the minister’s commitment and dedication-and its impact-and a celebration of the past year’s joys
  9. An opportunity for the minister to raise difficulties, concerns and challenges and to highlight what they perceive as obstacles to their ministry. Minister should be able to express frustration or disappointment. Ultimate objective is that participants should begin to find ways of overcoming some of the difficulties. This may mean ways of working by the ordained contributor, or it may mean accepting too, that some aspects of the minister’s work may now be undertaken in a different way or done by others or not done at all
  10. A consideration of the minister’s particular gifts and graces, in conjunction with a discussion about their vision and aspirations for their future ministry
  11. A discussion about the Church’s priorities and of the circuit’s particular mission should help inform some suggested hopes and goals for the minister (Green Book page 35 refers)
  12. A charting of some of the areas for learning and development which arise from some consideration of hopes, goals, gifts and graces (Green Book page 37 refers)
  13. Confirmation of procedure for note taking and report writing
    • Hopes & Goals for the coming year
    • Areas for learning and development
    • Points for action regarding the wider context.
  14. Reaffirmation of the importance of confidentiality; confirmation regarding the destruction of notes
  15. Closing prayer

Suggested Structure of Review Meeting (PDF format)