The Anglican Diocese of Sydney provides assistance to clergy and their spouses who may be struggling amidst the demands of parish ministry. Assistance is available in a variety of formats, including counselling for individuals and couples, one to one mentoring, peer group support, professional development programs and other support services.
Access to this support is available through either of the following programs, which can be contacted confidentially.
Clergy Contact Person
The Clergy Contact Person program is a joint initiative of the Archbishop of Sydney and the Sydney Diocesan Secretariat. It provides assistance in the form of a confidential face to face meeting with a person who has had extensive experience in parish ministry. This Clergy Contact Person can explain the diocesan resources available to clergy and their spouses and assist them to develop and implement an action plan.
Clergy Assistance Program
The Clergy Assistance Program offers safe and confidential counselling with a clinically trained Christian counsellor who supports the values and ethos of the Diocese.
Lifelong Ministry Development ("LMD")
Ministry Training and Development ("MT&D") provides an intentional, self-directed and supportive approach to help ministers maintain their zeal and fervour in serving the Lord for the whole of their ministry. This approach includes devising a development plan, meeting regularly with a ministry peer and reflecting on their learning. To find out more go to www.mtd.org.au.