Caring for our clergy
Ordained ministry can be a most rewarding calling and role. It can also contain many difficulties and demands. Following the Christmas season, many of our clergy can feel wiped out.
The Revd Keith James says: “The Church of England recently committed itself to a Covenant for Clergy Care and Wellbeing and as a Diocese we are seeking to make clergy wellbeing an integral part of our life together.
“How we do that is as varied as our clergy but here are some questions for reflection:
- How do our clergy know that we care for them and value them?
- What are the demands they experience?
- What ‘boundaries’ do clergy need to help them work and rest?
- What support might their partner/family need?
“Such questions need handling with great care, kindness and sensitivity – just as St Paul suggests, ‘As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.’ (Col 3.12)”
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