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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 Ministry. And additional information about the Clergy Terms of Service is available here.

Wellbeing is more than just ‘feeling good’. A positive wellbeing 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 wellbeing. And with the self-direction of the office, clergy must make time for their own self-care and ensure a healthy work/life balance.

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.

This guidance aims to answer questions that clery and those working with them may have when considering taking family-friendly leave. It covers family-friendly leave for clergy and clergy office holders employed by the Diocese of London.

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 is an independent charity that works closely with the Diocese 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.

There is a wide range of support available for clergy at every stage in their career. For a general overview of the variety of financial support that is available, please read through the Clergy Terms of Service and click through for more details.

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.

There are different ways to address conflict or disputes. Mediation is a structured process in which disagreements are addressed with the support of an independent third party. Restorative Practice (RP) is used when harm has been done between two or more people. Peacemaking is crucial to God’s work of reconciliation in the world, and this service adheres to well-recognised principles of mediation and restorative practices at all times.

The Diocese of London has a variety of resources available to help you plan for your future retirement, transition into retirement and support you when you have retired.

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Your Area Director of Ministry (ADM) 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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