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Publication Date: 19 Apr 2018
Publisher: SPCK Publishing
Page Count: 160
Author: John Lees
ISBN-13: 9780281078455, 9780281078462

Self-supporting Ministry

A Practical Guide
By John Lees
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Summary
'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.'
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
About the Author
John Lees is Associate Priest in Holyford Mission Community in East Devon and Bishop’s Officer for Self-Supporting Ministry for the Diocese of Exeter. He has served for 12 years as an SSM, working as a parish priest but also as Assistant DDO for Chester, where he was co-leader of the Headway leadership programme. He was previously a Pastoral Tutor on the Northern Ordination Course.

John’s day job is working as a career coach. He writes, speaks and broadcasts extensively about work and careers. He is the author of 12 books on work and careers, including Secrets of Resilient People and the best-selling How to Get a Job You Love.
Press Reviews

. . . 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).

- Church Times

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.

- The Rt Revd Sarah Mullally DBE, Bishop of London

This handbook is full of sound common sense . . . [it] is both an encouragement and a challenge in the task of re-imagining ministry today.

- Robert Atwell, Bishop of Exeter

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.

- Ministers at Work Journal

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.

- John Pritchard, former Bishop of Oxford

[For HOW TO GET A JOB YOU LOVE, 2017-18 edition]: This book is a treasure. Read it, devour it, use it, and find that job you once dreamed about but had almost given up on.

- Richard Nelson Bolles, author of What Color Is Your Parachute?

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.

- Sarah Green, Associate Editor, Harvard Business Review

For years, John Lees has been the smartest voice in career coaching. His insight and advice are a must-read for anyone entering today’s competitive job market.

- Rebecca Alexander, Dossier Editor, Psychologies Magazine

John Lees' advice on careers is always useful and interesting and often surprising and even fascinating. From getting ahead to changing your career completely, this book is great guide to navigating the treacherous waters of the modern workplace.

- Rhymer Rigby, writer of the FT's Careerist column and author of 28 Business Thinkers Who Changed The World and The Careerist.

John Lees is the Career Professional’s professional; the doyen of careers experts. His books and advice have helped countless numbers of people to enjoy better, more fulfilling careers.

- Dr Harry Freedman, Career and Business Strategist, Hanover Executive

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