Clergy and families' well-being
The well-being of our clergy and their families is important to the Diocese of Bristol. Flourishing clergy and flourishing clergy family life is vital to the flourishing of the Church.
We realise that for clergy and their families, serving the Church can be difficult and demanding at times, and we are committed to help our clergy find ways to effectively resource their own lives and ministries, so that that they are energised and empowered, knowing for themselves ‘Life in all it’s fullness’.
Clergy well-being encourages the promotion of health and wholeness of the clergy. Diocese, clergy and congregations all share in this responsibility:
The Diocese – in offering the appropriate personal and ministerial support and professional development for clergy in their contexts.
Clergy – in taking personal responsibility for their own well-being and being aware of the well-being needs of their families and colleagues.
Congregations – in being aware of the well-being needs of clergy and their families and in understanding the impact of well-being on them.
We have a number of resources to help you and your family to cope and are only too happy to hear from you should you need to contact us.
We encourage our clergy to set up and regularly review their own portfolio of support and care, to help them build godly resilience to sustain them through the challenges and changes of ministry life. We recommend that particular care and thought is given to ways in which clergy maintain their own spiritual well-being and growth.
There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution to clergy care and resilience, and we encourage you to think about your own personality, context and needs.
If you would like help to begin this process, please contact a member of the Ministerial Support Team.
Revd Ian Tomkins
Adviser for Ministerial Support
Phone: 0117 9060100
Revd Judy Ashby
Associate Adviser for Ministerial Support and
Phone: 01793 978528
Revd Canon Ray Brazier
Ministerial Support Assistant
Pastoral management team
The Pastoral Management Team was created to ensure clergy are fully resourced for the effective delivery of their ministry. You may also want to consider contacting them. The Pastoral Management Team is chaired by the Archdeacon of Malmesbury, The Ven Christine Froude. You can contact her on the details below:
The Ven Christine Froude
Archdeacon of Malmesbury and acting Archdeacon of Bristol
Phone: 0117 9060100