SSM Quotes

The following is no more (and no less) then a collection of quotes I have come across regarding Self Supporting Ministry, with their sources. There is no order or implied endorsement/agreement, I just want to collect them together somewhere. It will be added to an an ad-hoc basis.

“The expression of religion in daily life is not an extra, but is of the essence of Christianity. It therefore seems right that some clergy should be fully in the strains and stresses of daily life to the extent of earning their living in secular work.” (Worker Church Group Statement, 1959. As reported in Church Times 8174, 6 September 2019, p. 20.)

“So while traditional holiness cuts itself off, not only from sin, but often from tile hopes and travails of the world, worldly holiness is achieved by responding to the summons of the holy to serve in the world. The secular existence is the locus of the encounter – the holy gives it meaning. If sacred and secular are separated the self too lacks integration; it is not whole.”

Dorrie Johnson CHRISM Paper 3 – “Spirituality for Work“,  1997. CHRISM website

“Barry [developed this idea further in his book The Relevance of the Church (1935), where he was actually the first to coin the phrase ‘non-stipendiary ministers’. He] claimed that there would be a beneficial and sacramental sign to the church and world if some ordained clergy were engaged in secular employment:

‘What is really important about this suggestion is not the alleviation which it might offer to the problem of staffing the parishes … It would save Christianity from becoming a caricature of itself as something that people do after working hours.’ ”

Patrick Vaughan, CHRISM Paper 11 – “Challenging Clerical Stereotypes – reflections on the genesis of NSM”, 2011.

“We who minister in secular employment find ourselves required to use the everyday language of the workplace to ‘see and tell the Christian story there’. We cannot hide behind the language of theology when talking to our colleagues. Story is an important tool for us too, and we find ourselves using twenty-first century examples to help us put our points across.”

CHRISM Paper 7 – “The Kingdom of Heaven is like.…”