Self-supporting minister

Self-supporting ministers[1] (SSMs), previously called non-stipendiary ministers or non-stipendiary priests (NSMs), are religious ministers who do not receive a stipend (i.e. payment) for their services and therefore financially support their own ministry. They usually have alternative employment which provides monetary income with which they can support themselves. There were around 2,000 SSMs in the Church of England at the turn of the 21st century and 3,230 in 2016.[2][3]

Notable self-supporting ministers


  1. Church of England Ministry Development — Self-supporting ministers (Accessed 7 January 2018)
  2. Schofield, Rodney (March 1999). "The Challenge of the NSM". New Directions (46). Retrieved 12 September 2012.
  3. "Ministry Statistics 2016" (PDF). Church of England. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2018-02-13. Retrieved 2018-02-13.

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