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Southwark research into non-stipendiary ministry

03 July 2015


From the Revd Dr Sue Clarke

Sir, - I read with interest "SSMs survey finds joy tempered by frustrations" (News, 15 May). The diocese of Southwark has also undertaken qualitative and quantitative research into the ministry and attitudes of its NSM clergy.

The findings of this research, conducted over a three-year period, mirrored many of those reported, including the finding that 80 per cent of those in secular employment considered that they had a priestly ministry in their place of work: 24 per cent serving in their parishes for more than 20 hours per week, and 80 per cent considering themselves deployable.

The research formed part of an MA in Ministerial Theology submitted in 2013. The findings are summarised in the report A Review of NSM Ministry within the Diocese of Southwark 2012-2014, which was launched at a service celebrating NS ministry in Southwark diocese in September last year.

An advisory group on non-stipendiary ministry has now been set up by the Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, chaired by a member of the Bishop's senior staff group. Members of the group reflect the diversity of non-stipendiary clergy in Southwark.

This group is addressing the recommendations of the report in addition to continuing the discussions on how non-stipendiary clergy can be used most strategically in the diocese, and their priestly ministry in secular employment acknowledged and resourced.


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