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Ministerial self-care expectations

The Bishops encourage and indeed expect clergy to take time for renewal, refreshment and re-creation for their own well-being and for the sake of their families and ministry.

The following summarises the current expectations and entitlements:

  1. Rest days – this is usually also specified in the Statement of Particulars:

    1. One day (continuous period of 24 hours)/week

    2. An additional day/month

  1. Holidays – this is usually also specified in the Statement of Particulars:

    1. 36 days’ annual leave – including not more than 6 Sundays, nor any of the Principal feasts, Ash Wednesday, Good Friday or Ascension Day

    2. Bank holidays (with TOIL – time off in lieu - where a bank holiday is worked)

  1. Retreats - Up to 5 days’ retreat/year, plus regular time for prayer and periods of reflection/reading.

  1. Sabbaticals – Clergy are encouraged to apply for a period of extended study leave (sabbatical) or short study leave. 

  1. CMD – The Bishop expects that clergy, licensed lay ministers and lay elders will set aside regular time for study, retreat and professional development in ministry, and undertake at least one significant piece of CMD each year. More information can be found here

Please contact Jeanette Gosney , Bishops’ Ministry Officer, for any enquiries or for further information.