Ordained Ministry

Ordained ministry, whether as stipendiary priest, self supporting or with the Bishop’s Permission to Officiate, as deacon, priest or bishop, is a key part of the mission of the church. The role is public, is representative and enables others to engage in their own ministry.

These pages are designed to support those already in ordained ministry.

If you are considering a possible vocation to ordained ministry please see the vocations page.

Sabbatical: Guidelines and Policy

The documents below set out the Diocese of Exeter policy regarding sabbaticals & and explains the Diocese’s recommended principles for making effective use of such time.

Diocesan Sabbaticals Policy

Diocesan Sabbaticals Proposal Form

Clergy spouses

Support is available for clergy spouses. Clergy Spouses play an important role within the home, parish and wider community. We meet on a number of occasions during the year for friendship, fellowship & support. Known as Clergy Spice, there is a small committee which organises a number of events during the year. Please see the Clergy Spouses page for more details.

Permission to Officiate (PtO)

Some retired clergy hold Permission to Officiate (PtO), others do not. These guidelines aim to clarify the ministry which clergy with PtO and clergy without PtO are permitted to undertake in the Diocese.