Well Being for Clergy and Staff


Counselling is available for licensed clergy, their immediate families, licenced readers and lay workers and diocesan employees, through the Churches’ Ministerial Counselling Service (CMCS).  CMCS exists to help these individuals to deal with challenging, emotional issues they face, whether work related or personal, through short-term, professional counselling.

The service is entirely confidential, and can be accessed anonymously, through self-referral.  The Diocese of Exeter will normally meet the full cost of counselling accessed through the scheme.

For further details, and information on how to self-refer, please view the service leaflet Churches’ Ministerial Counselling Service.

Clergy Careers and Transition Service (run by Church House)

The service provides a safe, confidential space for Church of England ministers who find themselves at a vocational crossroads, or who are seeking development by opening up access to a network of practitioners. The service is available to people who are considering what they might do next or who are seeking a new post. See here for more details.

Would you like a Spiritual Director?

A Spiritual Director is an individual who accompanies someone else on a journey to a deeper relationship with God. They provide a confidential listening ear, as well as prayer, encouragement and guidance in the life-long journey of spiritual maturity. They offer a safe space to explore questions and difficulties and offer companionship during a period of discernment or change. Find out more

Sheldon Hub

The Sheldon Hub is a safe place for people in ministry to meet, share and support each other. It is secure and free to use. Find out more

What is the Well Being Committee?

The Well Being Committee includes representatives from the clergy and diocesan staff. They meet four times a year to discuss how the diocese can improve the support it offers. Find out what they have been working on here.