Mutual Study of Ministry for Congregations
For many years, the Bishop’s Office has encouraged congregations to conduct a Mutual Study of Ministry every few years. An agreement to do an MSM about 18 months into the new priest's tenure is part of all new Letters of Agreement between congregations and their Rectors or Priests in Charge.
The Canon to the Ordinary (or, if necessary, a consultant provided by the Canon) facilitates all "first time" MSMs. It's helpful to have a couple of months lead time, so if a priest and congregation are nearing the 18 month mark, the priest should get in touch with Canon Ambler to talk about the process and reserve a date for the first meeting with the Vestry (see the attached letter for details of this meeting and the rest of the process).
After that, it's a good idea to conduct an MSM every two or three years; Canon Ambler generally does not facilitate those subsequent MSMs, but is happy to help you find a trained facilitator.
For more information, a letter describing the purposes and procedures of the MSM is below:
Contact The Rev. Cn. Michael Ambler, Canon to the Ordinary, at .