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This site is mainly about - and for - Church of England (Anglican) priests who live or work within the tarmac'd confines of the M25*, and who view their paid work in the so-called secular world as the ministry they are called to. It came about as a way of seeking to -

(Please note There has been such interest from beyond the M25 that we are now pretty flexible about geographical boundaries, after all, isn't the world our parish?; if you are beyond the M25 and interested, please sign up. The more the merrier.)

So, welcome! And if you have any constructive comments or questions, do please get in touch (see contact link in footer). Hugh Valentine

I regard the contemporary development of a priesthood which combines a ministry of word and sacrament with employment in a secular profession not as a modern fad but as a recovery of something indubitably apostolic and primitive. We read in the Acts of the Apostles that the apostles visited churches which they had founded and appointed and ordained "presbyters" within them. These "presbyters" were the local clergy, the teachers and pastoral and liturgical leaders, the beginning of what later centuries were to know as the second order in the threefold ministry - the order into which I ordain men today. But it is inconceivable that they were 'paid professionals' in their office, as the resources for this would have been most unlikely to be there. This is not to say that the change to a professional priesthood was wrong, and a number of aspects of the Church's nature and mission called for it. But it is to say that what we call our 'auxiliaries' (self-supporting clergy) today belong most truly to the apostolic foundation, and we may learn from them of that inward meaning of priesthood which we share with them.

Michael Ramsey, later Archbishop of Canterbury
(in the first edition of 'The Christian Priest Today', 1972)

See here for books on the theme
See here for CMD material for MSEs
See here for MSE refs on diocesan sites
See here for events for MSE-WPs
See here for model working agreements
See here for sermons/addresses
See here for something on MSEs and vocation, calling and discernment
See here for some individual biographies