Clergy HR

Human Resources

The Clergy Handbook provides advice and guidance to working arrangements for all clergy holding the Bishop's licence, although some sections will specifically apply to those on Common Tenure. It is a useful resource for all authorised ministers, ordained or lay, bringing together advice and guidance on working arrangements along with various regulations, policies and practices. The Clergy Handbook is a working document, with an annual review of all contents.

Links for Clergy and stipendiary Licensed Lay Workers.

Useful downloads and links
Visit the national website for the Church of England Guidelines for the Professional Conduct of the Clergy, Revised Edition 2015

Further information on common tenure can be found in the national Church of England FAQs.

The Clergy Transitions Service is a confidential, personal support service for those at a vocational crossroad or seeking fresh opportunities. This service is provided by the Church of England.

There’s also some helpful information in the Family Leave Policy guidance.

For further help and support in relation to clergy terms of office, Statements of Particulars (SOP) or any other HR related matter, please email the Clergy HR Team.

A guide to ministry with Permission to Officiate

A guide to ministry with Permission to Officiate
Salisbury is a largely rural diocese with many multi-parish benefices and team ministries. The ministry of the Church is a shared endeavour between laity and clergy, between those who are stipended and those who are self-supporting. An important element in this matrix is the ministry of clergy holding Permission to Officiate (PtO). We have in the diocese less than 200 licensed clergy but more than 400 clergy with PtO without whose help many benefices would be unable to function as effectively as they do. We are richly blessed by, and very much value, the ministry of those holding PtO. In July 2018 the House of Bishops published a Policy on granting Permission to Officiate1 setting out an agreed structure and framework within which PtO operates. In particular, the Policy contains provisions to ensure that:
•The process for agreeing and reviewing PtO is carried out in accordance with the House of Bishop.
•The process for agreeing and reviewing PtO is carried out in accordance with the House of Bishop Safer Recruitment: Practice Guidance.
•PtO clergy receive appropriate pastoral support, and are not asked to do more than they are willing or able to provide.
•Appropriate use is made of their talents; and & their ministry is properly acknowledged and affirmed and supported.

This document outlines some of those provisions.


Retired clergy and those approaching retirement

Two Area Retirement Officers (AROs), on behalf of the Bishop of Salisbury, have an overview of the pastoral care and support for around 600 retired clergy in this diocese. This includes both those who hold the Bishop’s Permission to Officiate (PTO) and those who are no longer involved in formal ministry, those who have been in stipendiary ministry and those who have been self-supporting.

The role of AROs and Deanery Retirement Officers (DROs)

The AROs work closely with the Deanery Retirement Officers (DROs) for each deanery, who are appointed locally in conjunction with the rural dean. Typically, the DROs monitor the well-being of retired colleagues in their deanery, arranging social events and sometimes discussions on matters of common interest, keeping in touch in times of serious illness or family concerns.

DROs communicate with their ARO when retired clergy move into or away from their deanery, at times of bereavement, or when there are concerns relating to housing, clergy pensions, or ministry issues. Some deaneries have someone else who organises events for retired clergy.

The AROs also work with the Widows’ Officers in each archdeaconry, who are able to give practical and pastoral support to partners when clergy die. The AROs attend clergy funerals on behalf of the Bishop of Salisbury and, together with the Widows’ Officers and DROs, maintain contact with the bishops’ and area offices in order to support the administrative processes required when circumstances change.
Contact for retired clergy

The role of the Clergy Retirement Officer is to:
• Advise the Bishop and Learning for Discipleship & Ministry Council on the support and care of clergy approaching retirement or already retired in Wiltshire.
• Oversee a network of Deanery Retirement Officers.
• Advise and support clergy preparing for retirement or already retired.
• Represent retired clergy at Diocesan Synod.
• Facilitate Diocesan events as appropriate.

The diocese has also signed the Armed Forces Covenant to support veterans. You can also find a variety of Grants which can assist you.

Contact the Area Retirement Officers

The Revd Canon John Wood

For Dorset


For Sherborne


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