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Reflective Practice Groups for Clergy: Sustaining Safe and Creative Ministr...

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Hillside House

1500 Parkway North

Stoke Gifford

BS34 8RG

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Workshop Synopsis:

Contemporary ministry takes place in a society that is goal orientated and results driven and this can feel at odds with the clergy’s call to personhood, their true Be-ing through their relationship with God, their understanding of themselves and the quality of their encounters with others.

Along with other practitioners working at the coalface of pastoral care clergy need to take time out to reflect upon their experiences and pay attention to their feelings, to sustain the integrity of these relationships and to remain congruent in their ministry.

Reflective Practice Groups are designed to encourage and affirm good practice and promote growth and change. St Luke’s model has been trialled successfully for 15 years, its key components are confidentiality, commitment, external facilitation and a 2 year time scale.

“The Reflective Practice Group holds the tension between being human, being Christian and being a priest”

Workshop Outline:

This workshop invites participants to look at the value of engaging in an ongoing process of development, challenge and support to sustain a healthy ministry. In particular:

  • Encouragement
  • Boundaries
  • Reduced isolation
  • Offering and receiving creative feedback
  • Developing group work skills
  • Supporting well-being and work/life balance

Participants will leave with the opportunity to sign on for a Reflective Practice Group in the diocese.

A RPG member says: “It’s helped me be more honest about who I am”, “more realistic about my expectations of other people”, “It has deepened my faith and given me a bigger vision of ministry”.


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