What are St Luke’s Reflective Practice Groups?
- Our Reflective Practice Groups (RPGs) are small groups of clergy who commit to meet monthly for two years.
- RPG sessions are entirely confidential to the group and are run by a professional facilitator, who is independent of the diocese.
- Clergy develop skills which improve their emotional wellbeing and reduce stress, enabling them to minister more effectively.
As a new incumbent, having help to think about boundaries and my own wellbeing, as well as tackling my job efficiently and effectively, was brilliant.Group member
- The groups consist of 5-7 clergy, drawn where possible from different deaneries.
- Prior to joining, clergy are invited to attend a half-day ‘taster’ session to ensure that they are clear about the commitment they will make.
- Members agree to a statement of commitment concerning attendance, confidentiality and active participation.
- Members meet for ten monthly 2.5-hour sessions, annually for two years.
I’m feeling valued by the diocese for allowing this time and facility.Group member
- These groups are confidential meetings which enable clergy to share and discuss issues.
- The RPG is a closed group, led by a professional facilitator, whose role is to promote in-depth reflection and discussion on all aspects of participants’ ministry and life.
- The facilitator is appointed by St Luke’s and not by the diocese.
- What happens in the group is entirely confidential to that group and is not relayed to the diocese.
- RPGs’ objectives include developing clergy’s skills which improve their emotional wellbeing and reduce stress. These include:
- boundary setting
- sustaining creative relationships
- managing conflict
How much does this resource cost?
Costs for the first year of an RPG are covered by St Luke’s, with the diocese funding the second year.
Can my diocese run St Luke’s Reflective Practice Groups?
- RPGs are available to any diocese which wishes to run them.
- Dioceses are invited to contact St Luke’s to set up RPGs.
Challenge has been possible without it becoming personal.Group member