Clergy Well Being

Confidential Telephone/Skype Counselling – Inter Diocesan Counselling Service

The Diocese is pleased to offer a free confidential remote counselling service through the Inter Diocesan Counselling Service (IDCS) for all clergy (stipendiary and non-stipendiary), ordinands and licensed lay ministers plus their families. (Sadly, they do not have the resources to offer the service for Readers)

The sessions will be provided via phone or Skype.

If you wish to access this service the point of contact is via Liz Grady or 0161 947 9937

Please note that the counselling is arranged without anyone from the Diocese or HR knowing about it, and is completely confidential.

Confidential Face to Face Counselling – On Island

In addition if the clergy would prefer to have face-to-face on Island counselling then this can be arranged.

Please contact Cat Macdonald on or 07598 956290 for more details. 

Please rest assured that whilst our HR Officer will obviously know who is making this request she has been instructed not to share such details with anyone else. Such a request is in strictest confidence and neither the Bishop, nor the Bishops office would be advised.  This management of the referral process is purely for monitoring means to understand how many sessions are being requested and funded.

Clergy Transitions Service – Church of England

The Clergy Transitions Service (CTS) provides free, confidential, personal support for Clergy who are at a vocational crossroad, or who are looking for a fresh opportunity.  The CTS caters for all backgrounds and traditions in the Church of England – from Clergy currently in parochial posts, sector ministry, new forms of church and mission agencies, as well as ordained people currently employed or engaged in contexts other than the church. It is open to those currently serving in self-supporting posts, who are seeking a stipendiary role.

As well as practical help with developing a personal profile, job applications, and interview skills, the service can work with individuals to develop a deeper understanding of their strengths and talents. By encouraging participants to develop greater self-awareness, reflect on personal values and think prayerfully about context and culture CTS can support the process of transition.

The CTS opens access to a wide range of resources to support a lifelong, fulfilling service to the Church, including access to a network of practitioners inside and outside the Church.  Details can be found here.

Covid 19 (Corona Virus) – Support from St Lukes (May 2020)