Vocation, discernment and selection:
Ministry Division, Church of England
Ministry Division note Selecting Ministers in Secular Employment (undated)
"The hidden status system of Anglican and English culture needs to be exposed for what it is: baseless in Christ, where there are neither stipendiary nor self- supporting, neither male nor female, neither trained full-time nor part-time, but all are one, valued, accepted, loved. For instance, cathedral honorary canonries need to be spread between stipendiary and self-supporting – the labourers in the vineyard." From note of a meeting of the Hampshire Rural Group 2010.
"If Ministry in Secular Employment is to mean 'work focussed ministry' then the Church of England, like the French, needs to establish its own 'non-territorial Diocese' and a Bishop whose exclusive role is a sign of the Church's commitment. Until then, no one, including the Bishops' Selectors, can blame potential ministerial candidates for feeling uncertain of a role about which the establishment itself is ambiguous and which, in practice, it has so far failed to support." Bishop John Mantle