Ministry development

The National Ministry team provides research, consultancy and expertise to support dioceses and theological education institutions in fostering a culture of wellbeing and lifelong learning for their ministers.
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Covenant for Clergy Care and Wellbeing

The Covenant for Clergy Care and Wellbeing was made an Act of Synod at the February 2020 Group of Sessions of the General Synod. The Covenant is the expressed view of the mind of the Church of England on issues relating to clergy care and wellbeing.

The following resources are designed to help initiate and guide discussions around clergy care and to engage all parts of the church including Bishops, Parish level stakeholders as well as clergy themselves

A Document for Reflection and Action for the Clergy
A Document for Reflection and Action for Local Congregations
A Document for Reflection and Action for Bishops and the Wider Church

“Our vision is that the work of supporting clergy in their ministry will become an integral part of the life of the Church and part of the DNA of every aspect of our mission and ministry.”

Revd Canon Simon Butler, Head of the Clergy Covenant Working Group

Vocation is a lifelong journey, not one which ends when we find a job we fancy.

Our robust qualitative and quantitative studies investigate key aspects of ministry in the Church of England, enabling evidence based policy decisions for flourishing ministry.


Our Living Ministry research project

What enables ministers to flourish? How do people develop throughout their ministry? And what does it mean to live out our vocations? These are some of the questions being asked by our ten year Living Ministry research project.

If you you've been involved in this project yourself, take a look at our information for participants.



THRIVE Wellness Resources

The THRIVE model provides six strategies encapsulating some of the key findings from the first wave of this study. Although they have emerged from the specific experiences of clergy, we are also concerned for the wellbeing of lay ministers and hope they too will find these helpful.

Tune your life to healthy rhythms
Handle expectations
Recognise times of vulnerability
Identify safe spaces to be heard
Value and affirm
Establish healthy boundaries

Among the many benefits of doing this research is the good practice which can be learnt from. Examples of effective wellbeing strategies used by participants can be read below. Note that this is a summary of what participants found helpful, so not all of these points will work for everyone.


1. Healthy patterns
2. Life-giving relationships
3. Extra support
4. Supportive structures


More research


Women in Ministry
Clergy Experiences of Ministry project
Initial ministerial education


Formal Guidance


Continuing ministerial development
Appointment and training of training incumbents
Interim ministry