5) Pastoral Care and Administration
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Love as Christ loves us
We are aware that all people need support and encouragement so they can flourish.
We believe there is a holy imperative to love one another and our neighbour as ourselves. We believe in excellent and appropriate administrative support for the Abbey’s ministry.
We commit ourselves to:
+ clarify and publish a policy regarding pastoral care;
+ train and support a team of church members able to give communion at home;
+ strengthen the pastoral care team both in numbers and training;
+ increase the number of chaplains;
+ provide regular opportunities for prayer for healing at Sunday worship and mid-week;
+ strengthen the system by which clergy are informed of a person’s admission to hospital and the patient’s request for a visit;
+ support the Abbey’s ministry with high-quality administration, well resourced and trained;
+ ensure that all employees receive the highest standards of professional care and personal development. This will include a thorough revision of our practices concerning employment, remuneration, pensions, appraisal and training, and we will bring the
staff handbook up-to-date;
+ bring to the attention of the congregations at the Abbey the need for men and women to offer themselves for ordained ministry both stipendiary and self-supporting;
+ value the contribution to its ministry of Readers and invite more men and women to offer themselves for training in this authorised ministry;
+ disseminate information about training resources and to take mutual responsibility to look both for training and opportunities for the use of our God-given gifts;
+ create management structures that liberate and coordinate and to pray for all who manage volunteers and paid staff in their difficult and demanding task.