One Ministry

    Growing leaders
    17 November 2014

    one ministry

    The mix between stipendiary, self-supporting and other forms of ordained ministry is changing, as the Church responds to fresh challenges and an evolving world.

    Led by our new Bishops' Adviser for Self-Supporting Ministry, Rev Charles Sutton, we have been reviewing the current picture of ministry in our diocese, looking at how we do things here and how it compares with others, and identifying trends and opportunities for the future. A summary report of the key findings,

    One Ministry

    , is now available using the links below.

    View the report summary here

    Download the printable version

    The most fundamental discipline is discipleship itself, but beyond that come the specific forms of what we usually call ‘states of life’. Ordination is a ‘state’, something still pretty general, still needing further precision: there is not one way of being a priest.

    - Archbishop Rowan Williams, ‘Ray of Darkness’

    Bishop Lee says, "This research is an important contribution to our understanding of the ministerial resource within our diocese and I thank all those who helped with the research.

    "Most parishes are now served and led by teams of lay and ordained people and there are as many clergy serving in a self-supporting capacity as there are receiving a stipend. This is transforming the landscape of ministry and mission, providing fresh energy and resources to our churches. These developments bring their own challenges. New ways of working in partnership are emerging and indeed a new culture of ministry.

    "I very much hope this research will contribute to ensuring all God’s people flourish and bear much fruit for Christ and God’s Kingdom."