Wellbeing menu

You can be sure that all wellbeing resources on our menu have a proven track record,
with very positive feedback from clergy

Workshops:

St Luke's Resilience Workshop

Half-day session: up to 25 clergy

‘A superb course in every way. Clear explanations related to concrete examples. I wouldn’t change a thing’

How does this session work?

  • This workshop is designed to improve participants’ resilience in their role, which then boosts their health and wellbeing.
  • This training is specifically devised for clergy. It’s run by clinical psychologists who are experienced in working with clergy.
  • Participants are equipped with skills and techniques to manage stress and pressure more effectively. These include:
    • how the human mind functions under pressure
    • ‘good’ versus ‘bad’ stress
    • what resilience is and what it isn’t
    • four-point plan to develop resilience under pressure
  • Participants leave with individually tailored action plans, with a 21-day challenge to embed learning.

‘It’s a must for the clergy. Some of the most useful training I have ever attended’

For more information and to book workshop, please email our wellbeing coordinator

Developing resilience post-pandemic

Half-day Zoom session: 12 participants maximum

Why is this course needed?

Resilience is a foundation stone of wellbeing, supporting us to navigate the often-choppy waters of life, work and calling. Paying attention to resilience and wellbeing  is not a luxury or an option and turning focused attention to this can be the difference between thriving and surviving.

‘Absolutely everything was so informative and useful’

This workshop aims to provide an:

  • Overview of how resilience can help when things get challenging or difficult
  • Invitation to consider your unique prescription for resilience
  • Introduction to some models, tools, and techniques to support a resilient approach
  • Exploration of the importance and value of boundaries

How it works

This facilitated workshop gives opportunity for discussion, individual reflection and sharing of ideas and good practice. The  framework draws on principles of positive psychology, as well as some well-known and easy-to-implement models and practices.

About the trainer

This workshop  will be facilitated by Nicola Willocks, an accredited and experienced coach and facilitator who is interested in working with people who are committed to their personal and professional development..

For more information and to book course, please email our wellbeing coordinator

Trauma-informed ministry in a time of Covid

Half-day session: 12-15 participants

This session offers:

  • An opportunity to articulate experiences of the Covid crisis
  • A chance to make connections between these reactions and trauma theory
  • Exploration of the dynamics of communities after a tragedy
  • Biblical resources for addressing our current situation

‘I rate the training as some of the best I have experienced in my 22 years of ministry’

Since 2017, the ‘Tragedy and Congregations’ Team has delivered 20 training days in various settings for Anglican and URC groups.

‘It was the most insightful thing the Church has provided and helped me to understand the psychology of what I and others are feeling in the “disillusionment” phase of the Covid epidemic: to adjust my expectations of myself and others and prayerfully approach the unknowns of the months ahead’

About the trainer

Revd Hilary Ison is a systemic facilitator and trainer. Her interest in building resilience in congregations and ministers has been stimulated and informed through her participation in a three-year research project on supporting ministers to cope with tragedy and trauma in congregations, including development of training for ordinands and curates.

For more information or to book course, please email our wellbeing coordinator

Negotiating relationships and expectations post-pandemic

Half-day session: 12 participants maximum

‘So helpful, really well structured, wish we could have gone on longer. The best Zoom session for any workshop I have attended’

This workshop offers support for clergy to navigate complex relationships more effectively at a time of unprecedented challenge. Learning objectives include:

  • To listen and learn from each other
  • To reflect on one’s own approach to conflict and disagreement
  • To be able to have a needs-based conversation and to have those needs met

About the trainer

Owen is passionate about supporting communities to access the power of reconciliation and mediation. He has worked with a variety of NGOs, central and local government departments, F500 businesses and SMEs, universities, schools and hospitals. Owen was named ‘Mediation Champion of the Year’ in 2015 by the Professional Mediators’ Association.

As well as being an experienced workplace mediator, trainer and conflict-consultant, Owen has grown up in the church. As a chorister, he sang in the choir of Westminster Abbey, and spent his teenage and early adult years as organist and musical director at various churches in the United Reformed, Anglo-Catholic, Evangelical and Central Anglican traditions.

For more information and to book course, please email our wellbeing coordinator

Ongoing wellbeing training:

Reflective practice groups
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?

For more information, please email our wellbeing coordinator

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

Contact us

Learning from other dioceses:

Support in your Ministry (SIM) from St Albans

Support in your Ministry (SIM) is the principal free scheme sponsored by the Diocese of St Albans for the pastoral support of its clergy, readers, churchwardens and their partners. Established in 1990, it aims to support and encourage ministers in their vocation by helping and challenging them to use their gifts creatively and effectively.

SIM recruits volunteers, both lay and clerical, who are trained and selected by the Management Group to be Assistants.

Assistants meet with each of their Users several times a year, in complete confidence, to provide support, challenge, time for reflection and encouragement. The agenda for each meeting is established by the User. In practice,

SIM is voluntary and entirely confidential; it complements mentoring, counselling and spiritual direction schemes.

Click here to find out more about SIM, including free downloadable User’s and Assistant’s booklets

Flourishing in Ministry from the Diocese of Oxford

Flourishing in Ministry is produced by the Diocese of Oxford to support clergy in formation and personal resilience, alongside other wellbeing resources offered to clergy. It’s designed as a guide to return to more than once, where you can make notes.

You can download the free booklet here

How Clergy Thrive from the Church of England

Find free resources emerging from the Church’s Living Ministry research to use for personal reflection and in discussion with others. Designed specifically for ordinands, clergy, senior clergy and diocesan officers, they are designed to enable clergy to consider their own wellbeing and how they support the wellbeing of others, as well as signposting to further sources of support.

Find Thrive resources here

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