Join more than 1,100 members of the clergy who’ve received an Ecclesiastical Ministry Bursary Award grant

21 April 2021

Did you know that since we launched in 1987, our Ministry Bursary Awards (MBA) have provided £1.35 million to fund Anglican clergy to undertake extended leave projects in support of their ministerial development?

Ecclesiastical’s MBA grants are awarded to individual clergy in stipendiary ministry in the Anglican Church in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. The grants are open to Ministers, Archdeacons, Bishops, Deans and Assistants1.

Our MBAs can help you breathe life into your ministerial development in ways that enrich both you and the wider church. The experience of a sabbatical can be life-changing for individual clergy and have a long-lasting impact on your congregation and community.

“It was like opening a window and allowing the fresh air and light in”

James Radcliffe is an Associate Vicar from Lincoln Diocese. He’s loved sport from a young age and became a Christian at 17. Eligible for extended leave after 10 years’ service, an MBA grant enabled him to take a 10-week sabbatical in South Africa.

The sabbatical involved researching and engaging with churches, chaplaincies and ministers working in sports-based ministry in Cape Town. It allowed James to explore a question from his teenage years: “Why are millions of young, fit and sports-mad teenagers not in church?”

James’ experiences were profound: “I organised much of the sabbatical beforehand, but I also wanted it to develop of its own accord once I arrived in Cape Town. Basing myself at an Anglican theological college gave me a network of people who provided my family and myself with friendship, support and connections. I sat in on a mission course at the college and interviewed many amazing people involved in sports-based ministry. My children attended a township school, where my wife also taught. And I scheduled in a week’s retreat to reflect on how I could share what I had learned once I returned to the UK.”

“I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to go to Cape Town and undertake this sabbatical – I would absolutely encourage anybody thinking of re-energising their calling to apply for an MBA grant as part of making that possible.”

Apply for a Ministry Bursary Award and re-energise your calling

Applications for 2022 Sabbaticals are now closed. Find out more information about our Ministry Bursary Awards.

1 Assistants are classified as Assistant Curates, Deacons and Licensed Lay Workers including Church Army Evangelists engaged in the parochial ministry. Source: GS Misc 1243 published by the Archbishops’ Council 2019.