Self-Supporting Ministers (SSM)


Self-Supporting Ministers (SSM)

A Self-Supporting Minister (SSM), is someone who Ministers for the church, but who does not take a stipend.

There are as many ways to be a Self-Supporting Minister (SSM). Some work full time in ministry, either in a parish context or elsewhere, some are part-time in the parish but may also have another significant commitment (caring for family members, voluntary work, etc), others have a full-time commitment outside of the church and can only take part in services and parish activities at weekends or in the evenings.

All SSMs need to have a Working Agreement, which makes clear what the commitment they can offer is and ensures that they have some time off. SSMs are entitled to a Statement of Particulars, setting out the terms of their contract with the diocese.

SSMs who are licensed to a parish, but have a significant working context, also need to be supported by their parish.

Whatever the details of an SSMs working life are, they are united as priests wherever they are doing.

You can download the Self-Supporting Ministry Working Agreement here.


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