Handbook for Ecclesiastical Office Holders This handbook supports clergy and other holders of Ecclesiastical Offices in the diocese. First published in 2011 as the Clergy Handbook, this Handbook for Ecclesiastical Office Holders supplements other formal resources that shape the ministry of clergy and encourages best practice in support of their well-being in ministry. In his Foreword, the Bishop of Chelmsford says, "It is my hope that this handbook will help us to take better care of ourselves and be better stewards of the Church of Christ." The material in this document, whilst it may include some information on matters that are legally binding on clergy, lay ministers and other lay officers and volunteers, should be generally understood as guidance and for information unless it explicitly states otherwise. In particular, it should not be construed as forming part of any employment contract. The provisions in this handbook are non-contractual an may be altered as occasion requires or as legislation/regulations demand. The handbook is not relevant for clergy with contracts of employment. Click here to view the Handbook for Ecclesiastical Office Holders.