The call to “love your neighbour as yourself” implies that we take care of ourselves. Why? Because as God says to us ‘I have called you by name, you are mine. Because you are precious in my sight and honoured and I love you.’
A survey of diocesan clergy at the beginning of 2017 revealed that they did not always know where to access information about the availability of support and wellbeing provision within the diocese. We hope that the pages now added to the diocesan website will help to signpost clergy to the relevant information.
Valuing your Vocation
To honour God’s call in our lives, we need to ensure, as far as is humanly possible, that we are healthy in body, mind and spirit. If we are to be and to remain resourced and energized for ministry, it is essential to make time for study, rest and recreation. The most important vocation is to be and to become the one God has called us to be.
‘Keeping watch over ourselves’ (Acts 20:28) and ‘paying close attention to ourselves’ (1 Timothy 4:16) includes every aspect of ourselves - spiritual, physical, mental, emotional etc. It is how we keep ourselves fit for the Lord’s service.
I hope you will find the information on these pages helpful.