Sir, - Mr M. J. C. Andrews-Reading's letter (
17 March) deserves some response. In addition to the pastoral care of
clergy given by bishops and archdeacons, most dioceses, like Bristol, also
benefit from the skills of an adviser in pastoral care and counselling.
This professionally trained helper can offer support and therapy beyond what
the senior clergy can offer. Indeed, issues of management and discipline may
make it harder for the clergy to confide in them on occasions.
Most secular organisations also avail themselves of such specific guidance,
often in the form of an employee-assistance programme. Workers are our most
valuable resource, and caring for them is as important in the Church of England
as in any other organisation.
Chair, Anglican Association of
Advisers in Pastoral Care and Counselling
Southwick Lodge, Lower Wick
Worcester WR2 4BU