Self Supporting Ministry

Self Supporting Ministry

There are many ways people can live out ministry as a Self Supporting Minister (SSM):

  • Distinctive Deacon
  • Priest with the main focus of ministry at work or in a community context
  • Priest with the focus of ministry in a local church.

As an SSM ordained minister there are many exciting opportunities. You would usually train in Cumbria, and you would not be expected to move house, but you would not be paid for your work as an ordained person.

It is a central part of the Cumbria’s God For All vision to have many more SSM clergy ‘God For All’ which reflects the Church of England’s recent ‘Renewing Discipleship and Ministry’ report, which you can view on their webpages.


The selection criteria for ordained ministry in the Church of England (both Self-Supporting and Stipendiary) can be viewed here: Summary of Criteria

Read Revd Nick Hallam’s reflections on Self-Supporting Ministry here: SSM – Personal Reflections

Read about Sandra Pearl’s thoughts in her role as a Distinctive Deacon.