Ministry Bursary Awards

10 July 2018

Ecclesiastical’s Ministry Bursary Awards for sabbaticals taking place in 2019 are now open for applications until 30 September 2018.

What are the Ecclesiastical Ministry Bursary Awards?

Since being established in 1987, the Ecclesiastical Ministry Bursary Awards have helped hundreds of ministers to finance their extended study leave.

Over 1,000 members of the clergy have now received awards for a wide range of extended leave projects and plans supporting their ministerial development.

Sabbaticals taking place in 2019 are now open for applications until 30 September 2018. Judging of the applications will take place in November and awards will be made during December 2018.

Entry criteria

Entries for an award must fulfil the following criteria:
  • Awards are open to individual clergy in the Anglican Church in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland
  • All clergy applying for the awards must be in stipendiary ministry
  • All clergy must have been ordained for at least 10 years and not taken a sabbatical in the previous seven years of applying
  • Applications are also open to Archdeacons, Bishops, Deans and Assistants1
  • Awards are provided for extended study leave only (fees for a course during the extended study leave may be considered)
  • Entries must be made using the forms provided.

Judging criteria

Judging of the 2019 entries will take place during November and awards will be made in December 2018.
The amount of the individual awards will be judged on the following criteria:
  • Value to the individual applicant.
  • Benefit to the wider church.
  • Financial support already committed from other sources.
  • The strength of the endorsement from a Bishop or Archdeacon supporting your plans.
"Time for sabbatical or study leave can be essential for clergy in the midst of long-term and demanding ministry. It offers the opportunity for reflection and for being re-energised."
Ecclesiastical plays a vital role with their Ministry Bursary Award in supporting clergy financially when they are undertaking extended periods of study.

The Venerable Jackie Searle, Archdeacon of Gloucester

"Many people have benefited personally from Ecclesiastical's help and many more have benefited from the ministry of those who have been helped".
1Assistants are classified as Assistant Curates, Deacons and Licensed Lay Workers including Church Army Evangelists engaged in the parochial ministry. Source: GS Misc 1148 published by the Archbishops’ Council 2016. 
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