Flourishing in Ministry
GUIDANCE AND SUPPORT FOR THE WELLBEING
OF LAY AND ORDAINED MINISTERS
It is a great joy and privilege to be called by God to serve in ministry but at times this calling can be costly.
God calls us to maintain healthy rhythms of prayer, work and rest and we need to find the right balance between labour and Sabbath rest.
In February 2020 the Church of England’s General Synod adopted the Covenant for Clergy Care and Wellbeing. The Covenant recognised that:
“The care and wellbeing of the clergy is crucial to the health of the Church at worship, in mission, and in pastoral care. Healthy, fulfilled, maturing, joyful clergy who feel valued and supported are an enormous gift to the Church of God. A sense of being cared for and loved will give energy and vigour when they face ministerial or pastoral challenges.”
In this diocese we have a range of ways in which clergy and laity can be assisted in their flourishing:
- Support In Your Ministry (SIM)
- Clergy Counselling Service
- Spiritual Direction
- Dispute Advisory Service and more.
A Question and Answer page will be added here shortly
The Flourishing in Ministry booklet also has valuable advice, guidance, support and challenge. It is intended as a practical resource for all those exercising authorised lay and ordained ministry in the Diocese of St Albans, employees of the diocese and local churches, and their families.
We hope that this booklet will help to support every minister so that they may thrive and flourish in their lives and ministry.