Wellbeing is a complex area and sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start. Here you can find resources emerging from the Living Ministry research to use for personal reflection and in discussion with others. Designed specifically for ordinands, clergy, senior clergy and diocesan officers, they will help you think about your own wellbeing and how you support the wellbeing of others, and point you in the direction of further sources of support.
How Clergy Thrive: Insights from Living Ministry
Based on the Living Ministry research, Dr. Liz Graveling has written this booklet as a tool both for clergy reflecting on their own wellbeing and for those with responsibility for supporting the wellbeing of others. It is published by Church House Publishing.
These question pages, drawn from How Clergy Thrive, are a helpful, downloadable tool to assist in working through the different areas of clergy wellbeing:
Our research has found six key principles that help clergy to thrive, which are summarised here
During the Covid-19 pandemic, many people will see most or all of these six areas disrupted, it is hardly surprising that our physical, mental, spiritual, vocational, relational and material wellbeing will be threatened. The challenge is to find ways to recreate these elements as we adapt to the current circumstances.
Download this How Clergy Thrive resource that specifically addresses how clergy can thrive during the pandemic.
Find additional resources and listings of support organisations inside and outside the church by downloading this document: Wellbeing - Sources of support for clergy and ordinands.
Drawing on learning from our research, these briefing papers are designed for those experiencing and supporting others in ordained ministry:
During the covid-19 pandemic, churches’ use of digital technology was transformed overnight. A team from Royal Holloway, Birkbeck and Southampton universities explored the implications of this for mission, ministry and wellbeing among clergy in the Diocese of Oxford. You can read the full report here or view summaries in video, slide or PDF format.