Rule of Life

These resources are to help you as you develop your own Rule of Life and to support you on your journey of discipleship. If there is something you need that is not here, please email us.

What is a Rule of Life?

A rule of life is a flexible framework that helps us to grow more like Christ. Just as a trellis provides support for a growing plant, a rule of life offers a practical way of responding to the love of God by committing ourselves to a number of specific actions that will help us grow up in our faith.

Here are some examples.

Bishop Tim is inviting everyone across the Diocese to write and follow a Rule of Life.

How do I create my own Rule of Life?

Download the Rule of Life Booklet and then follow the guidance given. Other versions for intergenerational contexts and for work with young people can be found here.

Can you show me an example?

Yes, you can download an example of a completed Rule of Life.

Rule of Life for (online) Groups

The ‘Sharing God’s Life’ course is easily adaptable for use with an online group.

Rule of Life Mini-retreats 

The next Rule of Life mini-retreats will be happening online during the autumn.

The format will be:

  • Introduction and Prayer (online) 
  • Time alone (offline) 
  • Plenary and Prayer (online) 

The sessions will be held on Zoom, led by the Revd Sally Dakin, Spirituality Adviser

To book your place, please email

View some (unsolicited) comments from recent participants from our workshops.

Other Resources

If you would like to doodle as you create your rule of life download our Rule of Life image to colour in. Or, you can also download a version that has been coloured in for you.

For prayer walking, please use this guide.

If you want to read around this subject download our Reading List.

If you have a question or suggestion please email us.

Prayer and Spirituality Contact

For more information about prayer and spirituality, please contact the diocesan Spirituality Adviser, Revd Sally Dakin