Relational Wellbeing 

Maintaining a healthy work / life balance that fosters and enables key relationships to flourish, has often been a difficulty for clergy. The rapid social changes of the past few decades have also impacted on clergy, and their families and friends, at the interface of their ministry context.   

Take the 'Are you in Balance' quiz produced by the Canadian Mental Health Association for a quick and simple diagnostic on work / life balance.

The wellbeing of all clergy would be enhanced by:

  • Establishing and maintaining a time management regime that allows for, and facilitates, a healthy work / life balance, making adequate room for the nurturing and flourishment of important relationships.
  • This will include diarising for one full day off each week and for annual leave (4 weeks including 4 Sundays each year).
  • It may be necessary to enter into dialogue with churchwardens (for those in parish settings) and others as appropriate to the circumstances of the ministry setting, regarding arrangements that will accommodate and facilitate relationships and family life, according to the circumstances of the cleric. It can helpful to have these written down, or included in a report to Parish Council, or similar forum.       



The Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Relationship counselling is available to clergy, clergy and their spouses, to the clergy spouse, and to immediate family members. The service is accessed by self referral, and provides three sessions with a qualified person at no cost. There is absolute confidentiality for the initial three sessions. No records or reports are forwarded to the Diocese in regards to who accesses the service nor under what circumstances.  



Other Resources 

Other providers of services clergy may choose to access, according to their circumstances, include (but are not limited to):


Lifeworks Victoria Relationship Programs  


Keriva Counselling Centre



Diocesan policies related to family and relationships.