National Transitions Service for Clergy
The Transitions Service
The aim of the Service (launching in Summer 2018) will be to provide resources to individual clergy, primarily to support a lifelong, fulfilling service to the Church of England. Clergy looking for a new challenge or who find themselves at a vocational crossroads will be given a confidential safe space to reflect on where their calling may take them. As well as providing support in developing a profile, writing applications and interview techniques the Service can employ a range of methods and tools to deepen an individual’s understanding of their strengths and talents.
“We all have vocations which can change over time. We also have different gifts and accumulated experience through our different types of work. Sometimes we are not even aware of what we have and how it can be used in different ways. This service will help clergy reflect on their work and think about the next stage of their ministry.”Roger Preece, Archdeacon of St Helens and Warrington
The Service is intended to cater for the whole range of theological traditions in the Church of England. It welcomes clergy currently in posts within parochial settings, sector ministry, and mission agencies, as well as ordained people currently engaged outside of formal Church structures.
Anyone can contact the Service for an informal conversation to find out if the Service could benefit them. They may be:
- Clergy currently serving in parochial ministry
- Clergy currently on any kind of formal leave (sabbatical, sickness, maternity, paternity, parental, special)
- Clergy undergoing the informal or formal stages of a capability procedure
- Curates seeking positions of first responsibility
- Clergy at the end of their first incumbency
- Anglican Chaplains and Missionaries working in the UK or abroad
- Ordained people not currently engaged in active ministry
- Clergy with needs for a specific location or adaptations owing to disability or personal or family circumstances
- Return to ministry following long term illness
- Clergy repeatedly failing to progress through application and interview recruitment stages
- Clergy currently undergoing proceedings under the Clergy Disciplinary Procedure beyond the informal stage. In such cases source of support and guidance should be obtained by the diocese
- Clergy currently undergoing proceedings under the Church of England Safeguarding Procedure
- Retired clergy who may wish to access the CoE recruitment site and also ‘Do something your believe in’ for opportunities to continue their ministry within the Church and the wider family
- Whilst the Service can signpost to support should mental health needs arise, it is not equipped to provide treatment. should not be used in the first assistance as an EAP (Employee Assistance Programme). Parochial clergy in need of such support should speak to a member of diocesan staff.
This is a person-centred Service which is intended to be self-driven and empowering of the Participant. It is expected that most Participants will contact the Service following a conversation with an Archdeacon or Bishop and an informal conversation with the Adviser. Such Participants will be understood to be ‘sponsored’ by their dioceses. The sponsor should obtain the consent of the Participant and then provide records of MDR and CMD and a letter from Bishop and Archdeacon.
It is also recognised that some parochial clergy, sector ministers and those employed by mission agencies will self-refer. This will provide them access to elements of the Service. Diocesan officers are invited to contact the Service for general information and in order to ascertain how the Service
We recognise that a one-size-fits-all approach will not meet the needs of Participants are developing a network of practitioners (clergy and lay) and service providers in order to signpost and refer Participants where there is a need.
We are actively seeking to build connections in the areas of:
- Spiritual coaches
- Careers counsellors
- Mental health support
- Peer to peer support