Spiritual Wellbeing

Spirituality can be thought of, not purely in terms of its function and praxis (prayer, mediation, worship etc.) but in relational terms – as the process by which we are, as persons of faith, in relationship with God, with others, with the world around us, and with ourselves. Recent, and historic, research into clergy resilience, longevity and satisfaction has shown that spirituality, broadly understood, is the single most important factor in clerical wellbeing.     

The Ordinal calls all who are ordained to ‘put away all that does not make for holiness of life,’ to be ‘faithful’ and ‘constant’ in prayer, relying on the Holy Spirit and depending on the grace of God, and further exhorts us to study the Holy Scriptures ‘wholeheartedly’.

The wellbeing of all clergy would be enhanced by:

  • Establishing and maintaining a regular and disciplined life of prayer, shaped and informed by the requirement of the Book of Common Prayer (‘Concerning the Service of the Church’) that all clergy ‘are to say daily the Morning and Evening Prayer either privately or openly’
  • Establishing and maintaining a regular pattern of reading and reflecting on the Holy Scriptures
  • Planning for, and diarising, times of spiritual nourishment, such as opportunities for intentional prayer, spiritual refreshment, and retreat
  • Meeting regularly with a Spiritual Director
  • Considering, as appropriate and helpful to individual circumstances, establishing and maintaining other relationships of accountability such as to a Coach, Mentor, or Supervisor.    

 

 

 

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Further Assistance and Support

In situations of particular need or hardship, some limited are funds are available through the Nigel Morgan Fund for Clergy Wellbeing at the Melbourne Anglican Foundation, for purposes such as:

  • Subsidising the cost of spiritual direction for a limited period of time
  • Subsiding the cost of undertaking a spiritual retreat
  • Subsidising the cost of professional supervision for a limited period of time

Funds are accessed by application to the Director of Wellbeing, normally on the recommendation of a Bishop or Area Dean.