The United Church in Jamaica and Cayman Islands (UCJCI) addressed the mental health needs of its clergy and staff to tackle pandemic-related challenges. Supported by Council for World Mission (CWM)’s Member Church Initiative (MCI), they organised two separate programmes, Staff Motivational Retreat for Clergy and Lay Pastors and an Administrative Staff Engagement Initiative. The retreat gathered ministers and lay pastors to share pandemic experiences and uplifting testimonies, fostering support, motivation and solidarity among church leaders.
The Administrative Staff Engagement Initiative was a respite for those at the forefront of dealing with challenges brought about by the pandemic. It focused on worship, team building and an appreciation exercise to build camaraderie and strengthen relationships. Both initiatives reaffirmed UCJCI’s productive, cohesive culture, re-energising them for service.