Ordained ministers are called by God to fulfil a priestly role in the church and community or parish.
Their work is to build up the church and its congregations and also to have the care of those who live and work in the parish in their minds and hearts. It is a ministry of leadership, care and mission.
SERVING IN THE DIOCESE OF ELY
Welcome! You may already be serving as an ordained minister within the Diocese of Ely; or you may be interested in applying for a clergy post or exploring a possible future role in the Diocese; or perhaps you are investigating a call to ordained ministry. Whichever is the case, this page is designed to signpost you to some basic and accessible information about serving in the Diocese of Ely, including some of the Diocese's current policies and procedures.
The Diocese of Ely is strongly committed to the health and wellbeing of its clergy. One of the levers of change in the Diocesan Strategy is to ' develop healthy churches and leaders' with an expressed aim to refresh leadership so that both clergy and laity feel energised, empowered and liberated to grow in their ministry. The flourishing of the clergy is key to the flourishing of the church.
"It is hugely important that we take care of our own wellbeing, and that of our colleagues. It is not selfish to take proper time off and retreat time, or to challenge unreasonable and unrealistic expectations, and it will better equip us for the ministry to which we are called." [Bishop Stephen's Letter to Clergy, Epiphany 2018]
Clergy wellbeing encompasses all that promotes the health and wholeness of the clergy of the diocese, with a view to encouraging such flourishing. The theological imperative behind this is that each of us, whatever the shape of our ministry, is designed by God to experience life in all its fullness (John 10 v10).
Since 2013 the Bishop's Clergy Wellbeing Forum has been undertaking major work across the diocese to better understand what supports and sustains clergy wellbeing, and to put in place measures that will facilitate this. You can find more information about the diocesan commitment to clergy wellbeing at: https://www.elydiocese.org/ministry-and-training/clergy/clergy-wellbeing
As part of the support for existing clergy (and for enquirers or prospective clergy), the Forum has prepared a short booklet containing some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and accompanying responses. Hopefully, these FAQs will provide you with easy access to key information on policy and practice for clergy serving in the Diocese of Ely so that you can feel informed and supported in your ministry.
You can access the Serving in the Diocese booklet here.