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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AcronymStands for
AD/RDArea/Rural Dean (CofE) more...
ALMAuthorised Lay Minister (CofE) more...
APCMAnnual Parochial Church Meeting (CofE) more...
ASBAlternative Service Book (CofE) more...
ASAAverage Sunday Attendance (CofE) more...
BAMEBlack Asian and Minority Ethnic more...
BAPBishops' Advisory Panel (CofE) more...
BCPBook of Common Prayer more...
BHABritish Humanist Association (Humanists UK) more...
BMFBaptist Ministers' Fellowship more...
BMJBaptist Ministers' Journal more...
BMSBaptist Missionary Society more...
BSGBaptist Steering Group more...
BU/BUGBBaptist Union of Great Britain more...
BURGBaptist Union Retreat Group more...
BUSBaptist Union of Scotland more...
BUWBaptist Union of Wales more...
CDMClergy Disciplinary Measure (CofE) more...
CFO/CCivil Funeral Officiant/Celebrant more...
CHARMChurch’s Housing Assistance for the Retired Ministry (CofE) more...
CMD/CMEContinuing Ministerial Development/Education (CofE) more...
CofEChurch of England key terms more...
CRCWChurch Related Community Worker (URC) more...
CRRChurch Representation Rules (CofE) more...
CWCommon Worship (CofE) more...
DDO/DDVDiocesan Director of Ordinands/Vocations (CofE) more...
EBFEuropean Baptist Federation more...
FAQsFrequently Asked Questions
FCFC/FCGFree Church Federal Council/Free Churches Group more...
FDFuneral Director
FODMAPHealthy diet advice more...
GDPRGeneral Data Protection Regulation more...
HfDHouse for Duty (CofE) more...
IMOin my opinion
LEPLocal Ecumenical Partnership more...
LGBTQI+Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex more...
LLMLicensed Lay Minister/Reader (CofE) more...
LPA/MLay Pastoral Assistant/Minister: see also ALM (CofE) more...
LWLLay Worship Leader: see also ALM (CofE) more...
MiTMinister in Training (Baptist) more...
MPMorning Prayer (CofE) more...
MPBMultiparish Benefice (CofE)
MRCMinisterial Recognition Committee (Baptist) more...
MRDFMethodist Relief and Development Fund (now All We Can) more...
MSEMinister in Secular Employment (CofE) more...
NAMNewly Accredited Minister (Baptist) more...
NCIsNational Church Institutions (CofE) more...
NDVNational Domestic Violence helpline more...
NSMNon Stipendiary Minister/Self-Supporting Minister (CofE) more...
NSTNational Settlement Team (Baptist) more...
OCDObsessive Compulsive Disorder more...
OHother half
OOPOut of Pastorate (Baptist) more...
OPoriginal poster (in the Hub Forums)
PCCParochial Church Council (CofE) more...
POTPost Ordination Training
PTOPermission to Officiate (CofE) more...
PVLPastoral Vacancy List (Baptist) more...
RARegional Association (Baptist) more...
RBMHSRetired Baptist Ministers Housing Society more...
RCRoman Catholic
RD/ADRural Dean/Area Dean, see AD/RD (CofE)
RFSReserved For Self (++Michael Ramsey time off diary slot)
RMRegional Minister (Baptist) more...
RMTLRegional Minister Team Leader (Baptist) more...
SDSpiritual Direction
SMMSociety of Mary & Martha (Sheldon) more...
SSMSame-sex Marriage
SSMSelf-Supporting Minister/Non Stipendiary Minister (CofE) more...
TATransactional Analysis more...
TEITheological Education Institution (Theological College) more...
TITraining Incumbent (CofE) more...
TRTeam Rector (CofE) more...
TVTeam Vicar (CofE) more...
TLSTraining for Learning and Serving (URC) more...
URCUnited Reformed Church more...
WCRWorld Church Relationships (Methodist) more...
YOIYoung Offenders Institution more...
Project CDM