Six Ways Ministers T.H.R.I.V.E. … during a pandemic
The national ministry team of the Church of England is conducting a ten-year research project, Living Ministry, exploring how ordained ministers flourish in ministry. The THRIVE model provides six strategies encapsulating some of the key findings from the first wave of this study. Although they have emerged from the specific experiences of clergy, we are also concerned for the wellbeing of lay ministers and hope they too will find these helpful. Given that, during the Covid-19 pandemic, many people will see most or all of these six areas disrupted, it is hardly surprising that our physical, mental, spiritual, vocational, relational and material wellbeing will be threatened. The challenge is to find ways to recreate these elements as we adapt to the current circumstances. To read more about Living Ministry Research click here:
Mental Health Charities and Resources
Supporting good mental health
The effects of mental health on both sufferers and those who care are huge. Nearly nine out of ten people with mental health problems have been affected by stigma and discrimination.
Churches seek to provide space for individuals, as well as their families, friends and loved ones, and seek to be places that welcome, support, involve and reach out to them and indeed to all, and share the love and welcome of Jesus Christ for all times of life.
Watch our short videos about real experiences of faith and mental health
Les speaks about being diagnosed with bipolar and the positive impact of being invited to join a local church community.
Rachel talks about how an eating disorder affected her life.
Read through our ten daily reflections below
Written by Professor Chris Cook and accompanied by "have a go" habits developed by Ruth Rice, the themed reflections can be used at any point throughout the year.