Glossary

This Glossary provides a reference for acronyms that may be common currency for you but mean nothing to fellow members of the Hub in another denomination.

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Acronym Stands for
AD/RD Area/Rural Dean (CofE) more...
ALM Authorised Lay Minister (CofE) more...
APCM Annual Parochial Church Meeting (CofE) more...
ASB Alternative Service Book (CofE) more...
ASA Average Sunday Attendance (CofE) more...
BAME Black Asian and Minority Ethnic more...
BAP Bishops' Advisory Panel (CofE) more...
BCP Book of Common Prayer more...
BHA British Humanist Association (Humanists UK) more...
BMF Baptist Ministers' Fellowship more...
BMJ Baptist Ministers' Journal more...
BMS Baptist Missionary Society more...
BSG Baptist Steering Group more...
BU/BUGB Baptist Union of Great Britain more...
BURG Baptist Union Retreat Group more...
BUS Baptist Union of Scotland more...
BUW Baptist Union of Wales more...
CDC Clergy Discipline Commission (CofE) more...
CDM Clergy Discipline Measure (CofE) more...
CFO/C Civil Funeral Officiant/Celebrant more...
CHARM Church’s Housing Assistance for the Retired Ministry (CofE) more...
CMD/CME Continuing Ministerial Development/Education (CofE) more...
CofE Church of England key terms more...
CRCW Church Related Community Worker (URC) more...
CRR Church Representation Rules (CofE) more...
CW Common Worship (CofE) more...
DDO/DDV Diocesan Director of Ordinands/Vocations (CofE) more...
DMPC Diocesan (or Deanery) Mission and Pastoral Committee (CofE) more...
EBF European Baptist Federation more...
FAQs Frequently Asked Questions
FCFC/FCG Free Church Federal Council/Free Churches Group more...
FD Funeral Director
FODMAP Healthy diet advice more...
GDPR General Data Protection Regulation more...
HfD House for Duty (CofE) more...
HLC heating, lighting, cleaning (CofE) more...
IMHO in my humble opinion
LEP Local Ecumenical Partnership more...
LGBTQI+ Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex more...
LLM Licensed Lay Minister/Reader (CofE) more...
LPA/M Lay Pastoral Assistant/Minister: see also ALM (CofE) more...
LWL Lay Worship Leader: see also ALM (CofE) more...
MAP Mission Action Plan
MiT Minister in Training (Baptist) more...
MP Morning Prayer (CofE) more...
MPB Multiparish Benefice (CofE)
MRC Ministerial Recognition Committee (Baptist) more...
MRDF Methodist Relief and Development Fund (now All We Can) more...
MSE Minister in Secular Employment (CofE) more...
MU Mothers' Union more...
NAM Newly Accredited Minister (Baptist) more...
NCIs National Church Institutions (CofE) more...
NDV National Domestic Violence helpline more...
NOK Next of kin
NSM Non Stipendiary Minister/Self-Supporting Minister (CofE) more...
NST National Settlement Team (Baptist) more...
OCD Obsessive Compulsive Disorder more...
OH Other Half (spouse/partner)
OOP Out of Pastorate (Baptist) more...
OP original poster (in the Hub Forums)
PCC Parochial Church Council (CofE) more...
PM private message (between Hub members) more...
POT Post Ordination Training
PTO Permission to Officiate (CofE) more...
PVL Pastoral Vacancy List (Baptist) more...
RA Regional Association (Baptist) more...
RBMHS Retired Baptist Ministers Housing Society more...
RC Roman Catholic
RCACoE Retired Clergy Association of the Church of England more...
RD/AD Rural Dean/Area Dean, see AD/RD (CofE)
RFS Reserved For Self (++Michael Ramsey time off diary slot)
RM Regional Minister (Baptist) more...
RMTL Regional Minister Team Leader (Baptist) more...
SD Spiritual Direction
SMM Society of Mary & Martha (Sheldon) more...
SSM Same-sex Marriage
SSM Self-Supporting Minister/Non Stipendiary Minister (CofE) more...
TA Transactional Analysis more...
TEI Theological Education Institution (Theological College) more...
TI Training Incumbent (CofE) more...
TOR Terms of Reference
TR Team Rector (CofE) more...
TV Team Vicar (CofE) more...
TLS Training for Learning and Serving (URC) more...
URC United Reformed Church more...
WCR World Church Relationships (Methodist) more...
YOI Young Offenders Institution more...
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