It has been drafted by a working party following a debate in the Church of England’s General Synod in July 2017.
The draft document sets out some ways of changing the culture of the Church to enable the care and wellbeing of its clergy to more fully addressed. Individual situations – while important – can’t really be addressed as part of this consultation, but we hope what is proposed should contribute to a preventative, shared, coordinated and pragmatic culture change across the Church of England.
You are invited to comment on the document focussing in particular on the Report’s proposals in respect of:
- The text of the Covenant;
- The Shared Commitments of the minister, local church and the office of the bishop as laid out in Section B and the Big Conversation that arises;
- The focus on pastoral supervision and reflective practice;
- Ways of embedding good practice and holy habits through training in IME 1-7;
- Liturgical recognition of clergy wellbeing in licensing services;
- More effective use of Ministerial Development Reviews;
- Other ways of sharing best practice.
The Clergy Wellbeing Working Group is very keen to engage in discussion around the Draft Covenant for Clergy Care and Wellbeing. The Sheldon Hub is an independent interdenominational online community for doing healthy ministry together. The Hub team are kindly hosting space for discussions of the Draft Covenant in the Associate (Research & Development Lab) area of the Sheldon Hub. Clergy and their spouses are eligible for Ministry membership, and people who train, support and work alongside them are eligible for Associate membership. This is a secure site to enable appropriate privacy for these discussions. Hub membership is free, and you may be asked to provide evidence of your role as part of the application process. Find out more on their website.
Background papers on various topics from members of the working party can be accessed below: