Well I’ve just started my second day of a three day residential course on “How to be nice to your shiny new curate”.
Well of course that isn’t the title. It is a course for Training Incumbents. It’s not only curates who need training but its also the trainers who need training.
It’s easy to forget that a new colleague (aka a new curate) is there primarily to be trained. A curate will normally be in a parish (or in our case church) for about 3 years. Now that is the time that both Sue and Becca have been in post as members of staff at Springfield! It therefore means that we plan for Donna, as our new curate, to grow into her role rather than appear fully-fledged.
Anyway, we have been wading through piles of stuff (hopefully I have been able to display a picture of some of our pile of paperwork). This has included supervision and the amount of paperwork that needs to be collected each year (Oxford diocese we have been told has a 5kg weight limit!). There is a good side in this in that the aim is to ensure Donna a good curacy where she is supported and has a wide range of experiences.
The highlights have included a session with the new bishop of Southwark who led a good discussion about ministry. There have also been good sessions talking about conflict and how to give feedback (everyone will be pleased to know that I haven’t been direct enough!).
The heaviest session was the legalities of the church of england – a huge discussion on the marriage measures. Only the clergy of the church of england can spend hours on the minutae of how to sign the forms and other interesting facts.