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Mums and ministry: it's the time factor, survey reveals

According to a survey from Christian Research, three-quarters of mums in full-time ministry say that having children has made them a better minister ...

According to a survey from Christian Research, three-quarters of mums in full-time ministry say that having children has made them a better minister.

But in the run-up to Mothering Sunday, the survey also showed that clerical mums struggle to find the time that they'd like for their own children, husbands, friends and hobbies.

Around half (48%) said that they struggled to find enough time to spend with their children.

Some 58% said that they didn't have enough time to relax.

And 57% per cent said that they struggled to find time to see their closest friends, with 60% having no time for a hobby.

The mums in ministry put together a list of Ten Commandments for other female church leaders (see attached). It includes, get a cleaner, don't feel guilty about putting your children first, and be ruthless about spending time with your family.

Gerry Stacey of Christian Research said, "As we celebrate Mothering Sunday we need to remember the hidden mums in our churches. They give a huge amount of time to help Britain's churches flourish. But congregations need to recognise that they are mums too and need to spend time with their families."

The survey of 176 mothers in full-time ministry across the UK took place between 5-9 March.

It comes in the same week as England's first woman bishop, the Rt Revd Libby Lane, 48, was installed at Chester Cathedral, officially starting her ministry.

Between 2002 and 2012 the number of full-time female clergy in the Church of England alone rose some 41% from 1,261 to 1,781, while the number of male clergy declined.


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