Patterns of Ministry of clergy married to clergy in the Church of England
AffiliationUniversity of Chester
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AbstractThis article argues that for good practice, wellbeing and fruitful ministry, decisions by and about clergy married to clergy (CMC) in the Church of England require a clear quantitative picture of their ministry, and offers such a picture in early 2013 drawn primarily from published data, compared with national Church of England statistics. Over 26% more clergy dyads were found than previously thought, with many active in ministry. A wide variety of ministry patterns were identified, including a higher than normal percentage in non-parochial roles, supporting previous research noting high levels of boundary enmeshment and absorptiveness. Considerable gender inequality prevailed in shared parochial settings in spite of women having been ordained priest for nearly 20 years, with very few wives holding more senior positions than their husbands, while female CMC are more likely to be dignitaries than other ordained women.
CitationJournal of Anglican Studies, 2015, 13(1), pp. 68-91
PublisherCambridge University Press
JournalJournal of Anglican Studies
DescriptionThis is the author's manuscript of an article published in Journal of Anglican Studies.
CollectionsTheology and Religious Studies
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