About MDC

MDC is a confidential discussion with a trained facilitator that supports and enables the minister to reflect on their practice of ministry in their context. This conversation provides an opportunity to:

  • Reflect on you as a minister: My Role
  • Take stock of your current appointment: My Ministry
  • Create clarity, supporting you to think through what your next steps may be: My Future
  • Take action and be empowered to do so.

The conversation is a space set aside for you to explore what you need for the challenges of ministry today. Download the MDC Brochure.

Our Facilitators

Alisa McDonald

I am excited by the support and connection the MDC gives to the minister on his or her journey of discernment and faith. There is true power in putting voice to the stirrings of one’s heart. I look forward to being that listening and compassionate presence for those stirrings to manifest, giving direction in your calling and walk with God.

Barbara Ann Sweetin

Every person is unique, every situation is distinctive and we all react differently in situations that may appear similar and this understanding makes me feel stronger in my role as a MDC facilitator. I not only hear what is being said but also listen.

Christine Murdoch

Having taken part in MDC, I know the value of a safe, confidential place to ask myself big questions. Having someone sharing in those questions helps to hear the answers which in turn help to develop my ministry.

David McNeish

I think MDC really matters. Having a chance to reflect on ministry, to speak in confidence about the challenges and delights, and be given the opportunity to look ahead is essential to our own wellbeing, let alone the wellbeing of those we minister to.

David Plews

I believe MDC makes space for genuine and authentic conversation about the individual. MDC was designed by ministers therefore it provides a meaningful place to explore calling, vocation and future plans.

Eileen Miller

On a personal level, I know the importance and value of having a safe space to speak aloud about my sense of call, my role as a minister, including my hopes and frustrations. It is often when we hear ourselves talk out the issues that we can find our own solutions.

MDC Pilot

The MDC pilot project involved the start to finish process including preparation paperwork, the facilitator training and the conversation itself with a small number of facilitators and participants.

This pilot gave comprehensive feedback from each participant and facilitator; this has allowed us to further shape and improve the MDC. Everyone said they had benefitted from the MDC experience and it had made a real difference.

The pilot project feedback has been consistently and overwhelmingly positive from both participants and facilitators. Creating a process from consultation into practice has enabled ministers to define and design support that makes a real difference.

Read the Report

Book your one to one

As MDC is a new launch, slots are limited at this point. We have a rolling programme of training for Facilitators and availability will be regularly updated.

Who would you like to see for your one to one?

MDC Guide

For more information on MDC, please download the resource booklet.


Interested in Becoming a Facilitator?

The role of the facilitator is crucial to the success of a Ministerial Development Conversation (MDC). The facilitator training will be conducted by the Edinburgh Coaching Academy and will cover of key topics.