Clergy wellbeing

Group at ordinations
Group at ordinations
Health and well-being are impacted by a range of factors, and while no organisation can ensure a perfect working environment, Manchester Diocese is committed to doing all we can to support and resource the clergy entrusted to us, both stipendiary and self-supporting.

We take clergy well-being extremely seriously and want to be as supportive and helpful as we can. Since 2014, clergy have been invited to respond to an annual well-being survey as a way of helping the bishop and his leadership team to monitor what is going well and the issues clergy face which we may be able to address. We encourage clergy to take their full holiday entitlement and days off, and have undertaken work around claiming and being reimbursed for expenses. 

Occupational Health visits can be arranged for clergy who are sick, and confidential counselling is available through the Inter-Diocesan Counselling Service.

There are various other tools which further underpin our commitment to clergy well-being. These include grants for clergy need. 

Pastoral Supervision Programme

As part of our serious commitment to clergy care and wellbeing and in line with the Covenant for Clergy Care and Wellbeing which was agreed by General Synod in 2019, Manchester Diocese is taking the first steps to establishing a culture where a pattern of pastoral supervision becomes accepted practice for our clergy.

Following a debate at Diocesan Synod in June 2021, we are investing in the development of six of our licensed clergy to create a dedicated team able to provide pastoral supervision to groups of clergy in the diocese. The aim is for the team to be fully trained and able to provide support from the middle of 2022. For more details visit

Clergy Care and Wellbeing

Manchester Diocesan Synod has also discussed the Church of England Covenant for the Care and Wellbeing of Clergy. PCCs and Deanery Synods are encouraged to adopt the Covenant. A number of documents, including A document for Reflection and Action for the Clergy and A document for Reflection and Action for Local Congregations, have been produced by national Church, to support the ‘Big Conversation’ on clergy wellbeing in our diocese.

Clergy Sabbaticals

Our sabbatical guidelines for stipendiary clergy tell you everything you need to know about taking a sabbatical - eligibility, guidance, process and funding information.

Retired Clergy and Widow(er)s

Please see the Retired Clergy page for information for retired clergy and pastoral care of clergy widows, widowers and partners.

Facebook group for self-isolating clergy

Please join the Diocese of Manchester Facebook group for self-isolating and shielded clergy during the Coronavirus crisis and beyond. Clergy who can get out and about and are feeling the pressures of ministry at this time are welcome to use this group to ask for prayer and moral support. Please consider this group a safe space to support one another, share your personal experiences of lockdown and accepting the feeling of desire to work alongside others, whilst not being able to do so.

Unite the Union

The Church of England Clergy Advocates is a professional association of clergy in the Church of England. It is a professional sector of Britains largest union, Unite. Membership is open to all clergy. The Church of England Clergy Advocates network of Accredited Representatives provide advice, support, and representation. Visit Unite website

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