With the support of Clergy Support Trust, the Church of England has today published How Clergy Thrive: Insights from Living Ministry, a 64-page booklet based on research led by Dr Liz Graveling of the Church's National Ministry Team.
The booklet highlights findings from the decade-long Living Ministry study which has been exploring the wellbeing of clergy ordained in 2006, 2011 and 2015, and those who entered training for ordination in 2016.
The purpose of the booklet is to help encourage conversations with clergy and ordinands on the subject of wellbeing. The areas of wellbeing explored are: spiritual and vocational, physical and mental, relationships, financial and material wellbeing, and participation.
Each of the six principles explored includes questions for discussion and reflection. The booklet is part of the 'Big Conversation' being promoted within dioceses and parishes following the Covenant for Clergy Care and Wellbeing, approved by Act of Synod at the February 2020 Group of Sessions of the General Synod.
Clergy Support Trust has funded the printing of the booklet and the circulation of free copies to curates and training incumbents, rural and area deans, Synod members, senior clergy, theological education institution principals and diocesan officers with direct responsibility for clergy wellbeing. Additionally, our Senior Treasurer, the Revd Canon Simon Butler, has written the foreword.
If you would like a copy of the booklet:
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