Pastoral Care and Wellbeing

In our discipleship and ministry we need opportunities to be resourced for our pilgrimage. There is nothing less godly than those who minister in Jesus' name running on 'empty'.

As we 'follow Christ in the footsteps of St Chad', like Chad, we put spirituality and prayer at the core of our mission and ministry. This is a vital part of Christian care for others and, indeed, for ourselves.

Sally Bubbers

Mobile: 07971 349151
Sally serves as the Bishops Adviser for Pastoral Care., taking over the role in April 2021 having been part of the Listening Ear service for a number of years.

Clergy and their families, LDBF employees, licensed lay ministers and (by special arrangement with the Director of Ordinands) those in training can access counselling support in times of need through the diocesan Listening Ear counselling scheme. You can make direct contact with the counsellors by way of confidential self-referral and nobody needs to know who is accessing the service.

Please do not hesitate to contact Sally if you would like to know more about this scheme and/or if you would value a chat about anything (guaranteeing complete confidentiality) either over the phone or in person. Sometimes people find that although they do not want to access counselling support they are glad to have a general chat with Sally about strategies for tackling problems and/or for improving wellbeing.

The diocesan Wellbeing Project Team has recently been focusing on the National Church research project 'How Clergy Thrive'. The page below is both a summary and an adaptation of the report and its outworking in terms of sets of questions for clergy to consider which relate to key aspects of our wellbeing.

A number of people have expressed an interest in meeting in small groups at regular intervals to reflect on ministry and to support one another. If you are interested in exploring the possibility of such peer supervision and support groups then please email

An increasing number of people are finding regular Pastoral Supervision to be of immense value enabling growth in discipleship, reflection on vocation and professional standards of accountability as they reach out to others. More details about patterns of supervision in ministry can be found on the Association of Pastoral Supervision and Education (APSE) website.

One simple thing that those of us serving in ministry of any kind need to do regularly is to recharge our spiritual batteries. Please remember that we have an excellent resource at Shallowford House. You can book yourself onto a led quiet day/retreat or you can organise a private quiet day there. Do take a look at their website.

Some useful resources regarding supporting better mental health and understanding some common problems like anxiety and depression can be found on the website of the charity Mind.

Some people have found the Flourishing in Ministry resource published by the Diocese of Oxford to be of use as they take stock and take responsibility for their own wellbeing.

A few moments of Godly rest

- In the midst of Christmas - a time of bustle and noise, family, friends, food and festivities, or a period that highlights heartache, loss, dischord or absence - it is easy to overlook God's presence with us. Here is a five minute video to take 'A moment of rest - at Christmas'

- In the midst of Advent, the time of waiting, preparing for the Saviour's arrival, anticipating Christmas, the practical business of work, school, church and family can easily squeeze our time of spiritual preparation and our stress levels rise. It is good to pause at any time when we may be overwhelmed, and we have prepared a short video to lead you through 'A moment of rest - in Advent'.

- In the midst of a busy day or after a difficult meeting or encounter we do well to stop for a moment of quiet prayer and reflection. Jane Tillier offers the chance to do this in just less than five minutes using the following video (also available as an mp3 audio file here).

Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46.10

Jesus said 'Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.' John 14.27

'In returning and rest you shall be saved.In quietness and trust shall be your strength.' Isaiah 30.15

They can also be downloaded as audio files from our SoundCloud page.

Clergy Wellbeing THRIVES
Questions and resources to aid clergy wellbeing
Open Clergy Wellbeing THRIVES