Who is the SLDP for?

With a limited number of places available, the discernment process is designed to help us ensure that those joining the programme will be those who are able to get the most benefit at this point in their ministry. With that in mind, those being put forward need to:

  • have completed IME and been ‘signed off’ as successfully completing their curacy
  • already built up some experience of leading beyond a single organisational boundary (either prior to or since ordination). 

Our hope is that everyone who participates in the discernment process will use the process as an opportunity for development, whether or not they are subsequently invited to take part in the SLDP. It is important that the discernment process is not seen as "pass/fail" or "successful/unsuccessful". 

Discernment framework

The discernment process is underpinned by a series of factors to help all those involved consider potential for wider strategic leadership and current suitability for the SLDP. These factors are broken down into three clusters:

  •  ‘Spiritual depth and theological curiosity’, clearly is at the heart of all Christian ministry and will be explored throughout the discernment process.
  • The next cluster explores the transformation seen in others and their communities through their leadership experience (prior to and since ordination). For Cohort 4, we are particularly focussing on how those nominated have navigated and led change.
  • The four ‘growth factors’ help to identify potential for wider leadership responsibilities as illustrated in the graphic below. 

Our experience from previous cohorts is that the participants who get the most benefit from the programme are those who are willing to commit to and invest in their own learning, and fully contribute to the learning community. “Eagerness to Learn” is therefore a weighted factor in the national discernment process.

The discernment framework gives more details underpinning the factors outlined above.