What is available?

A period of sabbatical of up to three months for rest, retreat, recreation and renewal. Some sabbaticals include time for study, pilgrimage, or travel – often with a particular focus; but amidst any other plans, adequate time should be set aside for rest. Those going on sabbatical are expected to make arrangements for cover in their ministerial contexts so they are able to withdraw from them completely. A grant of up to £600 may be available to assist with costs associated with the sabbatical.

Who is eligible?

Sabbaticals are a gift. Clergy may apply who:

  • have been ordained deacon at least 7 years;
  • have been in their current post at least 3 years;
  • have not taken a sabbatical in the previous 7 years;
  • if the clergy person is a Training Minister, the curate will have been in post for at least 18 months.
How do I access it?

The first step is to fill in a sabbatical application form which you can find here. A member of the DTP staff will arrange to meet with you to discuss your ideas. The application will then be sent to the Bishop’s Core Staff Team to consider, and in due course, you will hear via the DTP whether your application has been approved. If it is, you may wish to apply for a sabbatical grant.

Whom do I contact for more information?

Please contact the Diocesan Training Partnership via Sarah Palmer – sarah.palmer@covcofe.org.