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Bishop's Adviser in Pastoral Care
Our Diocesan Wellbeing Booklet ‘Flourishing in Ordained Ministry: Clergy and their Households’ has lots of helpful information for ordained as well as lay ministers.
The flourishing in ministry section covers the following with lots of sources of support for each:
- Good practice
- Times of rest
- Personal relationships
- Ministerial flourishing
- Physical and mental wellbeing
- Financial and material wellbeing
Pastoral Supervision Scheme
There is the opportunity for any clergy who wish to do so, to join a Pastoral Supervision Group.
Pastoral Supervision provides a regular and confidential space in which (usually in groups of 3 or 4) clergy are able to reflect with others on the pastoral demands of our ministry and on the toll those demands are placing on us as (to echo the language of the Ordinal) we delight in the beauty of the Church and rejoice in its wellbeing.
Contact Patricia Hunt (see above) to join a group, or to undertake training to become a Pastoral Supervisor.
The Covenant for Clergy Care and Wellbeing
This was made an Act of Synod in February 2020..
The accompanying resources are designed to help initiate and guide discussions around clergy care and to engage all parts of the church including Bishops, Parish level stakeholders as well as clergy themselves.
There are three documents available:
- A document for Reflection and Action for Clergy
- A document for Reflection and Action for Local Congregations
- A document for Reflection and Action for Bishops and the Wider Church
Covenant for Clergy Care and Wellbeing
Other useful support
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
Every Mind Matters
Tragedy and congregations Guidance for ministers
Mind & Soul
Zero Suicide Alliance