(Office of Ordinands 20190901)
Most of the clergy of Continuing Anglican Church Anglican Continuum are engaged in secular employment to sustain their lives and their ministry. the Continuing Anglican Church – Anglican continuum clergy are non-stipendiary (unpaid) and therefore need to work just as any other person does for economic survival. The clergy of Continuing Anglican Church Anglican Continuum so employed do not, however, “turn off” their clerical status when at work. Many are recognized as “unofficial” chaplains in their working environment, colleagues naturally turning to someone they know will listen or give advice in times of need.
Exactly because the clergy of Continuing Anglican Church Anglican Continuum are themselves employed they more fully appreciate the stresses and strains of daily life for most people. The constant weighing up of priorities, home, and work-life balance, and the constant struggle to “find time” for oneself or family or friends. However, despite this, the clergy of Continuing Anglican Church Anglican Continuum employ their spare time to facilitate their first vocation in life, the service of Christ and of His Church, and to serve the servants of God.
The clergy of Continuing Anglican Church Anglican Continuum by virtue of their being or having been “worker clergy,” possess various professional qualifications and experience gained in the world of work. Some are trained health professionals, other social workers, some teachers, and other small business owners, some have even been publicans, military service personnel, or funeral directors. An individual priest may then be just as comfortable discussing the spiritual as the material problems of life providing a unique perspective on ministry that other mainstream clergies don’t always possess.
Again because some clergy of Continuing Anglican Church Anglican Continuum work full time, their ministry to local congregations and the work of the Church locally is assisted by Lay Ministers. These may themselves be employed or retired but give of their time to assist the pastoral ministry of the church. Lay Ministry within the Continuing Anglican Church – Anglican continuum is Licensed or Certificated depending on the extent of its support of the priest’s ministry and the nature of the work.