Supporting Ministers who are unwell
24 February 2014
The Methodist Church has produced resources to support ministers
experiencing ill health or impairment.
The electronic guides provide advice about supporting those on
sick leave, using case studies and information about work/life
balance issues, stress, mental health, disabilities and
A guide on risk assessment and a superintendents' checklist are
also available to download from the
Wellbeing section of Methodist Church website. In addition, a
study guide for use by individuals and groups on developing a
healthy and sustainable ministry is also available.
Tony Tidey, Wellbeing Officer for the Methodist Church, said: "Our
research indicates that the reasons for ministerial absence mirror
those in the general population. For short term absence, the
reasons are the expected ones of coughs, colds and flu. For longer
term absences, the key reasons are acute conditions such as heart
attack or cancer, or stress and mental health issues. In these
guides, we look at how to provide support across a wide range of
conditions and issues."
The good practice guides were developed following a request from
the Methodist Conference for clear advice about how to support and
work with ministers who experience ill health or impairment.