"It is hugely important that we take care of our own wellbeing, and that of our colleagues. It is not selfish to take proper time off and retreat time, or to challenge unreasonable and unrealistic expectations, and it will better equip us for the ministry to which we are called." [Bishop Stephen's Letter to Clergy, Epiphany 2018]
One of the levers of change in the Diocese of Ely's strategy is to 'develop healthy churches and leaders'. It includes the aim to refresh leadership, so that both clergy and laity feel energised, empowered and liberated to grow in their ministry. The flourishing of the clergy is key to the flourishing of the church.
Clergy wellbeing encompasses all that promotes the health and wholeness of the clergy of the Diocese. Clergy wellbeing is of concern for the whole church and the responsibility for the promotion of wellbeing lies with:
- the diocese, in offering personal support and development of skills necessary for the changing role of those who are ordained and in defining manageable roles for clergy
- the clergy, as they take responsibility for their own wellbeing and are mindful of the wellbeing of their colleagues
- congregations, as they are encouraged to recognise their impact on the wellbeing of their clergy.
Recent developments in Diocesan provision to encourage clergy wellbeing include:
- the development of the Ministerial Development Review process
- the availability of coaching
- training in Resilience in Conflict
- an introduction to Mindfulness
- a series on ' How to Survive and Thrive as a Minister'
- the provision and training of mentors for new incumbents.
Please email the Mission and Minsitry team here to find out more.