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Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia
11827 Canon Blvd., Suite 101
Newport News, VA 23606-3071
757-423-8287 Main
800-582-8292 Toll Free
757-595-0783 Fax

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The diocesan offices are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Resources for Clergy


The Diocesan center offers resources and assistance to clergy in a multitude of areas - healthcare and benefits, Clergy Conference, parish administration, mutual ministry reviews, and much more. You can access many useful resources using the links below.

You can also reach out to diocesan staff for assistance. For a list of diocesan staff and the areas in which they can help, click here.

COVID-19 Resources

Click here for a variety of resources to assist clergy and lay leaders deal with restrictions necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dealing with grief and loss during COVID-19
At the request of Bishop Haynes, Dr. Beverley Buston, a psychologist, has created a video resource addressing the loss, grief and disillusionment that clergy and lay people alike may be experiencing as our time at home and away from the Church and Sacraments lengthens. The video and a transcript of it are available here.

Diocesan Directory/Clergy Directory

This directory is for clergy and church use only. It is available by contacting the Diocesan office -
Susan Allen, Administrative Assistant to the Canons - 757-213-3391 or sallen@diosova.org

Clergy Manual

The Clergy Manual (2020) is an introductory resource for clergy new to Southern Virginia. It includes information on Celebration of New Ministry, Bishop Visitation guidelines, insurance and compensation, grant funds, marriage guidelines, Lay Ministry licensing, staff guidelines, sabbatical planning, mutual ministry reviews, Safe Church training, and more.

Deans of Convocations and contact information.
Information about the ministry of deacons and resources for deacons.
Information about the two clergy conferences held annually.
The diocese provides insurance plans for all diocesan employees and for clergy and lay employees of those congregations that have elected to participate in the diocesan plans.
Funds to support continuing education for clergy.
Mutual Ministry Review is an opportunity for discussion and mutual review of the total ministry of the parish.
Guidelines and licensing form for lay ministers.
Forms and guidelines regarding Holy Matrimony.
Policies, procedures and resources for Witnessing & Blessing a Lifelong Covenant.
The Diocese of Southern Virginia is a welcoming sanctuary for all people who are struggling and/or healing from the effects of addictions.
Supply Clergy currently available in the Diocese of Southern Virginia.
Policies for change of clergy leadership
Policy on alcohol and other substance misuse
Information on interim ministry and Transition Pastors and Consultants.
Ordination Exploration assists in discernment of a call to ordination.
Information and forms related to the appointment of church trustees.
New Title IV Canons for Ecclesiastical Discipline
Fresh Start is a two-year program designed for clergy who are new to the diocese, a parish or a position to help them make this transition.