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Below are important sources of information and assistance, all of which you may find useful to discuss with your Area Director of Training and Development. And additional information about the Clergy Terms of Service is available here.

Well-being is more than just ‘feeling good’. A positive well-being involves the interplay of a number of factors. Physical, emotional, physical and spiritual health, together with the availability and quality of personal and professional relationships, within the wider context of vocation, all contribute to an overall sense of well-being. And with the self-direction of the office, clergy must make time for their own self-care and ensure a healthy work/life balance.

This broad heading encompasses a number of important initiatives which aim to address issues for conflict resilience and change management amongst individuals and within parishes and institutions. These include Conflict Resilience; Transition Ministry; and Mediation and is supported by a group of clergy and lay professionals working in and around the church in London.

Crosses in a giving basket

Mentoring is an integral part of the Diocese’s induction programme, and is a confidential relationship that will normally last for between 12 – 18 months. Coaching is a specialist field of support and development offered free to clergy by those who have been trained in this field and who often have links to the diocese. Work and Ministry Consultancy is a natural progression from (though separate to) Ministerial Development Review and is clear and distinct from both Mentoring and Spiritual Direction.

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Ever since Jesus, Christians who want to explore and grow in their faith have instinctively sought out others whom they trusted to listen to them and to be alongside them. These “soul friends” don’t do the directing. Together with the person seeking direction they listen and try to discern God’s voice in the directee’s life. The London Centre for Spiritual Direction (LCSD) is open to all and is the Diocese’s one-stop-shop for anything you might like to know about spiritual direction. To find out more, visit the website www.lcsd.org.uk, phone 020 7621 1391 or email info@nulllcsd.org.uk.

Health Assured is a free, 24 hour confidential support service for employees accessed by calling 0800 030 5182. Each call is answered by a qualified and experienced counsellor who you can speak with more than once. A range of other support is available, including structured telephone counselling, online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), fitness advice, health checks and personal coaching. Online access is through www.healthassuredeap.com. Please contact the Diocese’s HR team to get your log-in details.

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All licensed clergy can apply for discretionary CMD grants. Requests in the region of £100-£200 will be considered by the ADTD/CMD officer. Grants are given for approved courses, conferences and other training and development. Enhanced grants are available for longer courses of study, training and personal and ministerial development, including further degrees. Normally, this will be up to £750, in consultation with the ADTD/CMD officer. Additionally, all licensed clergy may apply for a three month period of study leave after ten years in ministry. Normally, up to £1500 is available for this, and more information, including additional funding resources, is available here. For clergy moving to a new appointment, there are removal, resettlement and first appointment grants available. More information on all three types of support is available here, and the application is downloadable here. The Clergy Terms of Service also provide more detail about the variety of financial support that is available.

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Your Area Director of Training and Development (ADTD) is always an excellent person to contact if you have questions and would like more information and resources. Please also spend time exploring the Ministry web pages as much of the information that you may need should be contained within.

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