Self-supporting Ministry

Self-supporting Ministry

A Practical Guide

John Lees


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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