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The responses received also raised another interesting question: two of therespondents identified themselves as minister’s wives. Both regarded themselves as
women in ministry in complementarian churches, which is indeed what they are. Thisraises a question which it is beyond the capacity of the present study to investigate:what is the position of the minister’s wife in today’s churches? The widespreadcultural assumption that men and women, even married, are independent individualswith independent careers, is not necessarily held by Christians. However, the impactof this cultural shift is often seen in the minister’s wife having her own working lifeoutside of the church and home. It certainly should not be assumed that theminister’s wife is automatically an unpaid worker in the church. Yet many wives docarry out a great deal of formal ministry, without pay or recognition. How manyminister’s wives are in fact women working in complementarian ministry, may evenhave an official position within the church, but were not contacted/did not realisethey could answer the survey? Should they be considered under the oversight of theBishop of Maidstone?Two church wardens also answered the survey, which may indicate that incumbentshave varied views as to what counts as ‘doing ministry’.The age range of respondents was from 25 to 83; 3 widowed, 2 divorced, 42 married,32 single.What kind of ministry are they doing?
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641 specified full-time work (5-6 days/week). 9 did not give a level (all volunteers). 29worked various levels of part-time (4 or fewer days/week).16 were unpaid; two paid nominal amounts. Some did not specify or gavedescriptors such as ‘Church of England salary’, ‘Curate’s salary’, ‘Minimum wage’. Thehighest salary worked out at £50 000 per year pro-rata for a woman working 2.2days/week, but this was an outlier in the church ministry jobs. Of those below £30000 pa, only 8 specified that housing was also provided. Of the 26 being paid the FTEof £20 000 or less, only two also had housing provided. The survey asked for salary,and did not specifically ask if housing was also provided; it could be that somerespondents did not think to mention it.Of the single women, one was working full-time unpaid, one for a nominal amount.14 single women were employed full-time on less than £30 000, with no mention ofhousing; four on £20 000 or less. (Pension contribution was not explored.)

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The Bible, Test, Ministry of Truth, complementarian church ministry

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