*** DEBUG START ***
*** DEBUG END ***

Clergy mums tell of stress

13 March 2015

by a staff reporter

CHRISTIAN RESEARCH

IN A survey of mothers in ministry, three-quarters of those questioned said that motherhood had made them a better priest - but that their own children suffered.

Clerical mothers said that they struggled to find the time for their own children or husbands because of the demands of church life. More than half said that they did not have any time for themselves, or for friends, or a hobby.

The poll, by Christian Research, in the run-up to Mothering Sunday, surveyed 176 mothers who are exercising full-time ministry in the UK.

Gerry Stacey, of Christian Research, said: "As we celebrate Mothering Sunday, we need to remember the hidden mums in our churches. They give a huge amount of time to help Britain's churches flourish.

But congregations need to recognise that they are mums, too, and need to spend time with their families."

Christian Research has produced "Ten Commandments" for mothers in ministry (right).

www.christian-research.org/mums

Browse Church and Charity jobs on the Church Times jobsite

Forthcoming Events

Green Church Awards

Closing date: 30 June 2024

Read more details about the awards

 

Festival of Preaching

15-17 September 2024

The festival moves to Cambridge along with a sparkling selection of expert speakers

tickets available

 

SAVE THE DATE

Festival of Faith and Literature

28 February - 2 March 2025

The festival programme is soon to be announced sign up to our newsletter to stay informed about all festival news.

Festival website

 

ViSIt our Events page for upcoming and past events 

Welcome to the Church Times

 

To explore the Church Times website fully, please sign in or subscribe.

Non-subscribers can read four articles for free each month. (You will need to register.)