Reflective practice groups for your diocese

A place to share, listen, be challenged and grow

What are St Luke’s Reflective Practice Groups?
  • Our Reflective Practice Groups (RPGs) are small groups where clergy receive pastoral supervision with a professional facilitator who is independent of the diocese.
  • Within this setting clergy are able to explore their experience of ministry, develop self-awareness, gain insight into their relationships, and grow in faith.
  • RPGs promote best practice and enhance clergy wellbeing.

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

  • Prior to commencing, clergy are invited to a taster and confirm their commitment to prioritising attendance and engagement with the group.
  • The groups consist of 5-7 clergy, drawn where possible from different deaneries who work together for two years.
  • The group meets for two hours, ten times a year.

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

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