Ministerial Development Review

Ministerial Development Review (MDR) is a process that supports ministers both to grow in their ministry and to contribute to circuits and districts in their mission. 

A key feature of MDR is the annual review meeting. This provides an important opportunity for ministers to share their reflections, insights and hopes with others who have a responsibility for their well-being and for their growth in ministry. 

At its core, MDR is not just an annual event but an ongoing process of reflection and learning, of reshaping ministry in the light of experience and feedback, of identifying and addressing blockages to progress and growth, and of celebrating successes and affirming gifts and graces. This ongoing process feeds into and is shaped by the connexional supervision programme, which ministers are required to undertake, with its bi-monthly supervision sessions.

MDR applies to all ministers (deacons and presbyters) in a circuit appointment or district appointment, and to all district chairs. It also applies to every minister who has entered into an agreement with a circuit to undertake pastoral responsibility in one or more local church.

The Ministerial Development Review Guide (Pdf) offers an overview of MDR, as well as providing supporting guidance and background material that will help all participants to get the most out of the process.

Chapter One provides a quick overview of the principles that form the backdrop to MDR and of the key elements of the annual review meeting. It also explains the rationale behind MDR; describes  who is covered; and unpacks how it relates to the connexional supervision programme.

Chapter Two considers the aspects of ministry that may provide a focus for ongoing reflection as part of MDR, with specific suggestions for deacons, presbyters, superintendents and district chairs respectively.  

Chapter Three provides practical guidance about the annual review meeting. It sets out the roles and responsibilities of the participants and outlines the preparation required for the review meeting, including the gathering and sharing of feedback. There are some suggestions about how to conduct the review meeting, and how to identify hopes, goals and areas for learning and development. This chapter also offers guidance about recording the key outcomes of the review meeting, and includes report templates. 

Paper copies of the Guide can be obtained by contacting the Ministry Development Team at Methodist Church House -

Further background material is available online, exploring some of the skills and best practice that can support MDR and help to enable positive experiences for all participants: Skills and Good  Practice in MDR (Pdf)


Within the Guide are various templates for use in reflecting on and reviewing ministry and for recording the outcomes of the Ministerial Development Review meeting. These can be downloaded in MS Word format below:

Areas for your reflection prior to the MDR meeting

Questions and topics for those providing feedback

Hopes and goals 

Areas for learning and development

Points for action regarding the wider context 

Report from the supervisor to the MDR Team

Report from the MDR Team to the supervisor


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