Ministers well-being and support


Picture by Keith Mindham.

The flourishing and well-being of ordained and authorised ministers is fundamental to the life and mission of our Diocese, and the Bishops place high value on it. 

To sustain well-being, many find it helpful to have someone with whom to talk to or share thoughts about their ministry, before any crisis or 'problem' arises. All ministers are encouraged to develop networks of mutual support in their parishes and benefices, work contexts and deaneries.  Below are some of the sources of support which are available within the Diocese and beyond.

Church Mutual Credit Union (CMCU) is a collaboration with the Church of England offering loans (including car loans!) and savings to clergy.

Church Mutual Credit Union (CMCU) | Weblink

Counselling

Whether it’s a crisis or simply something that is an ongoing worry or causing concern, you may find counselling useful. Counselling is available to all licensed clergy, lay ministers and their spouses and is offered by Susannah Burn is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist registered with the UKCP (UK Council of Psychotherapy) and has been a member of the Bury Practice for Counselling and Psychotherapy for 20 years. It is her role to act as the initial contact via phone or email for those who are experiencing difficulties and wondering whether counselling may help. She will discuss their needs with them and then make a referral either to herself or to another experienced counsellor on the Diocesan Counselling Team if appropriate.

Please email Susannah Burn or telepone on 07742 908947.

Leaflet | PDF

Help against bullying

Diocesan Policy: Preventing Bullying and Harassment – Encouraging Positive Relationships | PDF

'Dignity at work' is a national policy from the Ministry Division of the Archbishops' Council addressing issues of bullying and harassment and is available here.

'Challenging Bullying in the Churches' offers further ideas and can be ordered directly from Grove Books (P145).

Courses are provided by Bridge Builders offering insights and training in dealing with aspects of bullying.

Contact Susannah Burn for support and advice on: 07742 908947 

New Incumbents' Groups

Groups run by the Bishops for those in their first incumbency.  This is offered by invitation, but please contact Jeanette Gosney (Bishops' Ministry Officer) or call 07710 479497 with any enquiries.

Support for Chaplains

There are developing networks for chaplains in different workplaces and contexts.    Contact Jeanette Gosney for more details.

Women's Ministry Support

Some women find it helpful to have a specific network for women as well as someone with whom they can raise any concerns relating to women's ministry.   Jeanette Gosney is the Diocesan Advisor for Women’s Ministry (DAWM).

Further resources for restoring mental, physical and spiritual health and wholeness

St Luke’s healthcare, providing physical and psychological support for clergy.

Sheldon, providing space, a wide variety of retreats, and refreshment for those in ministry.

Anglican pastoral care, providing care and counselling for those in ministry.

The Retreat Association, providing information about retreat options.