Information for Clergy
We’ve collected some information here that we think will be helpful for clergy, but it's not an exhaustive list.
The Clergy Handbook (immediately below) is the most important document, especially for clergy who are new to our diocese. This is regularly updated, so advice in its pages should be correct.
If you notice anything on these pages that needs updating, do let us know here.
Handbook and Supporting Documents
- Clergy Handbook (pdf)
- Clergy Self Certification form (outside link - gov.uk)
Employee’s statement of sickness to claim Statutory Sick Pay
- Bullying and harassment policy (pdf)
- The difference between capability, grievance and discipline (pdf)
- Letter from the Bishop, two consecutive rest days per month (Word)
This letter was sent out in 2019 by Bishop Christopher Foster
- Deed of Resignation (pdf)
- Parental Leave (Word, February 2020)
- Guidebook for the Clergy, by the Register Office (pdf, February 2023)
- Changes to the Registration of Marriages, came into effect May 4th 2021 (pdf)
- Post-Brexit changes to marriage requirements for EEA nationals, came into effect July 2021
The care of clergy and their families is important for many reasons. Exhausted and burnt-out clergy are unlikely to be effective ambassadors for the gospel, and neither does it showcase the role of the Church as an effective employer. Providing spiritual, pastoral and practical support for our clergy can make a massive difference, as they attempt to support others. Here are some places where clergy can find spiritual, pastoral and financial support:
Spiritual and vocational support:
- The London Centre for Spiritual Direction offers resources and support for those interested in Christian spiritual direction.
- The Retreat Association is a national Christian organisation set up to help people find ways of exploring and deepening their journey with God through spirituality and prayer.
- The Sheldon Hub is for clergy, ordinands and others in ministry, offering a supportive online community and a bank of trustworthy advice.
Physical and mental wellbeing:
- St Luke’s supports the physical and mental health of Anglican clergy and ordinands.
- The Society of Mary and Martha at Sheldon is a community and retreat house specialising in supporting people in Christian ministry.
- Mindful Employer provides guidance and signposting for individuals to maintain their own wellbeing and where to go when in need of extra support.
- Thyme and Wellbeing is an Excel-based tool to help clergy with time management. It allows recording of time spent on different kind of activities to assess the shape of an individual’s ministry.
- Bridge Builders provides training and shares resources and ideas to support church leaders and congregations in the task of living as models of reconciliation.
- Broken Rites supports clergy spouses and partners who are experiencing difficulties in their relationships, including one-to-one support, groups meetings and an online community.
- There are various Facebook groups to support clergy, including Clergy Mummies, Clergy Spice (for spouses of clergy), Clergy Family Network, Curates in Training, Female Ordinands and Clergy, and UKME Ordinands and Curates.
- The Clergy Support Trust aims to promote and sustain the wellbeing of Anglican clergy and their dependents. It provides financial grants to households experiencing hardship or other needs. Those eligible include clergy, ordinands and their spouses, former spouses, children and dependents of living or deceased members of former members of clergy.
- The Cleaver Ordination Candidates Fund supports Anglican ordinands committed to a traditional Catholic understanding of the priesthood, and offers grants to candidates exploring the priesthood.
- The Church of England Pensions Board has a section on the C of E website about how clergy pensions work and where to find further advice.
- The English Clergy Association provides holiday grants to give clergy and their families a rest from duty.
- The Henry Smith Charity has a programme of grants to assist ordained clergy serving in parochial ministry, administered by diocesan bishops. It also has a Christian projects grant programme.
- Churches Mutual Credit Union is a co-operative and mutual society owned and run by its members, open to all clergy and ordinands in the Church of England. It has a range of affordable and ethical savings and loan products designed with clergy in mind.
- The Foundation of Edward Storey can provide help, grants and accommodation or offer a number of services to those closely connected with the clergy of the Church of England.
- The website of the Ordinands’ Association lists several funds that can help ordinands in financial need.
- Inclusive Church is a network of churches, groups and individuals united around a shared vision of a church that celebrates and affirms every person and does not discriminate.
- WATCH (Women and the Church) is a national organisation working actively for gender equality and inclusion in the Church of England
- The Church of England’s Committee for Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns (CMEAC) identifies and takes forward concerns of BAME Anglicans and makes recommendations for change.
- AMEN (Anglican Minority Ethnic Network) is an independent group promoting the presence and participation of Minority Ethnic Anglicans in all structures of the Church.
- Workplace Chaplaincy Mission UK (WCM UK) is a network of over 500 practitioners involved in workplace chaplaincy mission.
- The main group in the Church of England that focuses on disability is the Committee for the Ministry of and among Deaf and Disabled People (CMDDP).
- Register of Ministers Form (Word, February 2014)
- Terms of Service Measure
- Terms of Service Regulations
- Liturgical resources from the diocese
- Potential Ordinands information for Parish Clergy
- Surrogates for Marriage
- Common licences
- What happens if a complaint is made against me?
- Chaplaincy in Education
- Diocesan social media policy
- Hustings Guidance for Churches (February 2024)
- Please see: portsmouth.anglican.org/fees for more information.