The Diocese of Montreal has established a process to assist the clerical and lay members of the plan to develop their professional skills. This assistance is in the form of financial grants and leaves of absence.
Clergy are entitled to three weeks paid leave of absence annually to enable them to undertake professional development. Such leaves of absence are in addition to the annual vacation. Those who are awarded a major study grant may be granted a longer leave of absence by the Bishop.
Key to a vibrant Anglican organisation is the ability to effectively equip ordained and lay leaders to meet the demands for ministry in ways that effectively respond to the rapid changes taking place in society and the world and their impact on ministry. Our goal as a Diocese is to create a culture in which professional lay and ordained leaders together build a commitment to lifelong learning and renewal in ministry.
There are many sources to draw from:
The National Individual Account (CEP) The National Individual Account is administered through the Pension Office, who can be contacted for more information about the plan or details on a personal account.
a. Each participant in the Professional Development Plan may accumulate funds in his/her individual account to a maximum amount (set by the Plan). Funds not used after this amount has been reached are directed to the general assistance account.
b. Participants in the plan may use money from their individual accounts for a wide variety of programs, courses, events, retreats, degrees, career assessment, conferences, conventions, tapes, software, books, magazine subscriptions, and resources that will contribute to their effectiveness in ministry.
c. Participants who go on leave, transfer from the diocese or retire from the active ministry may continue to draw from their personal account for a period determined by the National Church, at the approval of the Bishop or Executive Archdeacon.
For more information on the Continuing Education Plan, click here
Anglican Foundation Clergy may apply to the Anglican Foundation for a grant to assist them in their continuing education
For more information on the Anglican Foundation, click here
Enabling Clergy Grants — Diocese of Montreal Clergy may apply to the Enabling Clergy Grants Committee for financial assistance for continuing education; forms available from the Diocesan website.
For more information on the Enabling of Clergy Grants, click here