The Rt Revd Sarah Mullally DBE, Bishop of London
Self-supporting ministers are wonderfully non-standard. They are deployed in a wide variety ofways and have a range of motivations, working patterns and training needs. Sometimes underused or overworked, they may feel unrecognized and under-supported. As the Church turns increasingly to its volunteer minsters, however, there are encouraging signs that SSMs are being given more creative opportunities than in the past.
‘This handbook is full of sound common sense. . . [it] is both an encouragement and a challenge in the task of re-imaginingministry today.’
Robert Atwell, Bishop of Exeter
. . . the most informative book on the practicalities of [self-supporting] ministry that I have seen for many years. It should be compulsory reading for incumbents, PCCs, and churchwardens who have an SSM within the parish. It is also essential reading for those seeking to become an SSM or minister in secular employment (MSE).
With their diverse skills and experience, self-supporting ministers are a gift to the Church. John Lees’ challenging volume celebrates the importance and dedication of volunteer clergy, offering practical guidance on their development and support, so SSMs may contribute creatively and strategically to the demands of a changing world.
This handbook is full of sound common sense . . . [it] is both an encouragement and a challenge in the task of re-imagining ministry today.
The book that many of us have been waiting for! A must-have for anyone even brushing against this ministry. With around 30% of all Church of England priests now SSM – this is a future to take seriously.
John Lees looks to cover the territory well, to have walked the talk, to have been trusted by bishops and dioceses, and he can obviously produce a best seller.
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When I read John's writing, two things happen. First, I feel as if he's standing right there, personally advising me. And second, I always come away thinking over the issue in a new way. It's a rare, but very useful, gift.
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