Work-life balance

Regular and planned time away from ministry is a vital factor in the wellbeing of clergy and their relationships with those close to them. Time for rest and recreation is a biblical principle which should be at the heart of a ministry which models for others self-respect and a healthy way of working. 

Whatever their role, clergy should prioritise having adequate time off and ensuring they role model the importance of protecting quality time for `down time` for others. 

Parishes and those who are responsible in the setting in which clergy minister (e.g., PCCs, churchwardens, training incumbents, the Chapter of the Cathedral) have a duty to encourage and enable clergy to take their time off. 

Clergy should work with colleagues to ensure there is cover for public worship, occasional offices as appropriate, office time and administration. Payments for fees for those covering these assignments should be the responsibility of the PCC. 

Local communication with colleagues is essential and Rural Deans, clergy colleagues and Churchwardens etc should know when clergy are away. Funeral Directors should also be advised if there is a long period of absence. 

It is sometimes possible to provide financial assistance with holidays; applications in the first instance should be made to your local Bishop, or where appropriate, the Dean of the Cathedral. 

Rest periods and additional day(s) 

Parish clergy should take an uninterrupted period of at least 24 hours in every seven days worked. Preferably a regular day in the week should be chosen, which should be known to parishioners. 

In addition once a month an additional consecutive day off should be taken for a longer break 

Read our policies on other forms of leave below:

Annual leave, Retreats, Special leave
Time off for public duties, Taking leave when moving house
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