News just out from Neil Evans, Director of Ministry, that London Diocese is arranging several events for licensed SSM and MSEs to meet for support, training and development. The first is billed as 'dinner and conversation' to be held at The Royal Foundation of St Katharine (www.rfsk.org.uk) Wednesday 22nd April 2015 6:30pm – 9:00pm. To attend contact Judy Barrett (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The notice says "we have tentatively identified two further occasions we might offer during this year: Sunday 19th July 2015 as an ‘Oasis Day’ and Tuesday 15th September for another evening meeting."
Something of a hoo-ha has broken out following following The Green Report. It deals with future leaders of the Church of England and contains proposals for an MBA style course for those identified as being high fliers. Many people dislike the report for reasons as varied as its lack of theological thought, its excess of corporate cliche and that it was written by an obscure unaccountable group. See here for a flavour of the reactions. What may be of interest to visitors to this site is that the report gives no attention to the extensive experience amongst MSEs of managementment, leadership and accountability in the so-called secular world. Such experience continues to be below the church-as-institution's radar yet may be thought a source of possibly useful insight. One must be careful here, because the lead author - The Revd Lord Stephen Green - is himself an MSE, of sorts: former big cheese at HSBC and ex-Trade Minister, enobled for the purpose.
The informal, un-scientific survey of material about NSMery, SSMs and MSE-ery on Church of England websites is now concluded. More
Called 'Faith and Faithfulness in Life and Work...
Many thanks to Jenny Gage who now joins out gallery of MSE priests in the Church of England. Here
Generosity, humility, liminality: Sermon at “A New Pattern of Priesthood” Celebration and Consultation, Southwark Cathedral, 18 May, 2013. Text here
There was a meeting last evening of the Westminster (London) clergy chapters of St Margaret, Paddington and St Marylebone on the theme of SSM/MSE. An introductory talk was given by The Revd Michael Redman (SSM) of St Paul's Rossmore Rd. Attendance was modest considering the numbers across the deaneries. Michael's notes will be posted on this site shortly.
A conference for SSM/NSMs organised by the SS/NSM Officers in the diocese of Blackburn, Bradford, Carlisle, Chester, Liverpool, Manchester and Ripon & Leeds....
A NEW PATTERN OF PRIESTHOOD’: CELEBRATION AND CONSULTATION ON SELF-SUPPORTING MINISTRY AND 50th ANNIVERSARY EVENT FOR SOC & SEITE 18th May 2013, Southwark Cathedral
Organised and supported by the Church of England’s Ministry Division, the Diocese of Southwark and the South East Institute for Theological Education.....
25 APRIL 2013 Sion College and London Diocese
A Seminar for those in Self-Supporting Ministry (SSM), Ministers in Secular Employment (MSE) and other Non-Stipendiary Ministers (NSM) to explore the theology and praxis of the ordained life. Sion College is pleased to invite you to a seminar supper, specifically for clergy in Self-Supporting Ministry, led by The Revd Neil Evans, Director of Ministry for the Diocese of London.
Since the first experiments in ‘Worker Priests’ in France in the 1950s, through new possibilities opening up in the 1960s in the Church of England, the inception of the Southwark Ordination Course 50 years ago, to the variety of expressions of ordained self-supporting ministry today, wide discussion has taken place about appropriate models of ministry. Today SSMs make up around a quarter of all active clergy in the Church of England, and many different models of ministry pertain. This seminar will offer the opportunity to consider and explore some of these models of ministry, reflect on the theology that lies behind them and hear from those who have considered their realities in practice. Supper and drinks will be provided. Priority will be given to applications from members of Sion College who are SSMs, but the number of places is limited.