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Your CMD Portfolio

Being the best ministers we can be for God demands Continuing Ministerial Development (CMD), growing in our understanding and practice of Christian ministry. There are at least nine strands of activity which can sustain us and help us to keep on growing in ministry.

Accountability – regularly opening our lives to the supportive scrutiny of one or two others.

Applied Practice – gaining new insights through reflecting on our experience of ministry and church life, learning through failure as well as success, pioneering new ways of doing mission and ministry, creating courses that help our people grow in their faith, becoming more effective as a preacher, developing new skills in managing change, resolving conflict, building team, and in leading God’s people forward.

Appraisal – on an annual basis allowing others to help us review our ministries, affirming all that has been positive in the past year, and agreeing the shape of ministry for the coming year.

Collegiality – meeting together with other ministers to strengthen, encourage and support one another.

Learning – through attending courses, reading books, working for a formal qualification, or simply going on a broadening sabbatical.

Ministries - here is a space to record experiences of ministry beyond your "usual" context, and especially for retired ministers to record their ministry activities.

Practical competencies - relating to some of the more practical competencies of ministry identified by the Baptist Union of Great Britain, in such areas as IT skills and Safeguarding policies

Spirituality – sustaining and deepening our walk with God.

Other – the catch-all category for other experiences which enrich our ministry, not least involvement with churches and missionaries outside UK

We invite all members to record briefly their CMD experiences using the template below. You will want to keep that for your own records but members are encouraged to send a copy to the College by email to

By Peter Thomas
10th October 2014

Start your Online CMD Portfolio today!

Members are invited to record their CMD experiences using the template below and then send a copy by email to

You can find a Portfolio Template as ...