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A Thesis for an MA degree at the University of Hull, England written by RevRay in 1995. It is available at the University Library. This research has led to the writing of a book entitled



A summary of the first chapter together with chapter headings are included here for your interest. See also Dream by Wesley Frensdorff.

It is difficult to exaggerate the influence of Roland Allen upon the understanding of ordained ministry. Not only did he write extensively on the subject, but during the latter part of his life he campaigned persistently for the principle of the indigenous church. It is to his ministry and writing that I dedicate this Thesis.





CHAPTER ONE Roland Allen and the People of God. The ordained ministers are equal members of the people of God, coterminous with the laity, and not distinct from them.

CHAPTER TWO Ministry in the World. There is a need to provide ministry in a form which is appropriate in contemporary society, a ministry which is contextualised.

CHAPTER THREE The Local Church. The local church should aim to be self-sufficient in ministry and not dependent upon a 'foreign' professional. Ministry should be indigenous.

CHAPTER FOUR The Diocesan Structure. The pressure for the maintenance of existing ecclesiastical structures and the status of the ordained ministry as a profession must be recognised and respected. The urgent need for reform, however , must also be seen as a prerequisite for the mission of the church.

CHAPTER FIVE Great expectations. The psycho social dynamics of N.S.M. must be understood and recognised, so that practitioners may be enabled to cope with the related stress.

APPENDIX - The Norwich Scheme.




There are in existence at least three models of Non-Stipendiary Ministry (N.S.M.) in the Church of England at present.

a) There are retired clergy who have continued to exercise an active ministry which is normally focused in the life of the Parish Church.

b) There are clergy who are engaged in 'work-centred' ministry in which the minister exercises his vocation in the context of the 'world of work'. Such a minister normally associates with the Parish Church on Sundays and Holy Days, but interprets his ministry in a ' work-focused' manner.

c) The introduction of Auxiliary Pastoral Ministry in the Church of England in 1970 gave rise to a development of 'Parish-focused' N.S.M., in which the minister is engaged in secular employment.

It is with this third category that this thesis is mainly concerned; the title of which comes from Patrick Vaughan and his Ph.D. Thesis entitled 'Non Stipendiary Ministry - the History of an Idea'. Vaughan draws attention to the work of Roland Allen and suggests that his ideas may have 'come of age' in the present crisis of Ordained Ministry in the Church of England.

I have attempted to show in this work that the principles so fervently expressed by Roland Allen a century ago are equally valid today. The Church of England faces a crisis in its mission to contemporary society. A symptom of the crisis is experienced by local congregations by the ever increasing financial burdens which are borne in order to maintain the professional ordained ministry. The principle of Voluntary Clergy which Allen proposed was not intended as a pragmatic solution to financial problems but as essential to a proper understanding of the collaborative nature of the ministry of the whole People of God. I propose to demonstrate the validity of Allen's principles and to argue the case for the development of Local Ordained Non- Stipendiary Ministry as an essential component of the Church's ministry and mission.

  To download the Rev. Raymond Eveleigh's Thesis on non-stipendiary ministry, click here M.A. Thesis.

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