Ministry Bursary Awards (MBAs)
Good luck to anyone taking a sabbatical in 2021. Ecclesiastical’s Ministry Bursary Awards for sabbaticals taking place in 2022 will open in spring 2021.
Did you know that since we launched in 1987, our Ministry Bursary Awards (MBA) have provided £1.35 million to fund Anglican clergy to undertake extended leave projects in support of their ministerial development?
Ecclesiastical’s MBA grants are awarded to individual clergy in stipendiary ministry in the Anglican Church in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. The grants are open to Ministers, Archdeacons, Bishops, Deans and Assistants.
Our MBAs can help you breathe life into your ministerial development in ways that enrich both you and the wider church. The experience of a sabbatical can be life-changing for individual clergy and have a long-lasting impact on your congregation and community.
James Radcliffe is an Associate Vicar from Lincoln Diocese. He’s loved sport from a young age and became a Christian at 17. Eligible for extended leave after 10 years’ service, an MBA grant enabled him to take a 10-week sabbatical in South Africa.
The sabbatical involved researching and engaging with churches, chaplaincies and ministers working in sports-based ministry in Cape Town. It allowed James to explore a question from his teenage years: “Why are millions of young, fit and sports-mad teenagers not in church?”
James’ experiences were profound: “I organised much of the sabbatical beforehand, but I also wanted it to develop of its own accord once I arrived in Cape Town. Basing myself at an Anglican theological college gave me a network of people who provided my family and myself with friendship, support and connections. I sat in on a mission course at the college and interviewed many amazing people involved in sports-based ministry. My children attended a township school, where my wife also taught. And I scheduled in a week’s retreat to reflect on how I could share what I had learned once I returned to the UK.”
“I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to go to Cape Town and undertake this sabbatical – I would absolutely encourage anybody thinking of re-energising their calling to apply for an MBA grant as part of making that possible.”
Applications for 2021 Sabbaticals have now closed. Details for 2022 sabbaticals will be launched in spring 2021.