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Manse Life

The aim of Manse Life is to raise the profile of what personal life is like for a minister, and ground it in reality. We are doing this because ministry life is unique. There are incredible joys, amazing privileges, and inspiring times. These are all brilliant. There is also heartache; fear, frustration, loss, relocation to name a few and there is often no recourse for these feelings.  By providing an outlet for people to write constructively about their personal experiences at home and church and share these in a positive environment we believe will bring hope and a sense of perspective. It will help people feel less isolated, to find common ground, to reflect, provoke thought, spur faith, share ideas and best practice, and to raise a smile.  

Manse Life is totally inclusive whatever your personal and family circumstance and whether you live in a manse or not. For those who do have immediate family around them, they too are very welcome to contribute.

To contribute an article, please send it to manselife@baptist.org.uk. If you want to share anonymously, we will ensure no names are mentioned.

Do also look at the Manse Life resources page

Reflections

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Because we are the family of a minister doesn’t mean that we have no voice
Because we are the family of a minister doesn’t mean that we have no voice and must acquiesce to the expectations of the church More ...
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Being Manse Moggies is a huge responsibility, as well as lots of fun
May we introduce ourselves? Sophie (tabby and white) and her daughter Sasha (white with a grey ear and tail) are Manse Moggies in a third floor flat in Glasgow, which we share with a single, women minister More ...
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Churches need to learn how to appreciate and take care of their minister
You can’t spend more than three decades in ministry, as I did, without witnessing the best and the worst in people. More ...
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Looking through the round window
When we wanted to offer safe house accommodation to a single mum and her two young girls, because they were in danger of her violent and abusive father when he escaped from prison, we could do this without a second thought More ...
Moving Card
Moving to a new place can be hugely challenging whatever stage of life you’re in, but it also has it
My situation may not chime with yours. You may have small children or teenagers, or you may be a single minister making a move alone. At every stage of life, for every person involved, resettlement holds its own peculiar battles. More ...
HitWife Card
No-one would believe a minister hits his wife.
As the old saying goes “no-one knows what goes on behind closed doors.” It’s true, and even more so when those doors are the doors of a manse. More ...
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The Ministerial Family is at the heart of church life
If we’re not careful, making time for each other in ministerial life can become an added chore, because if we make plans, and they are broken, hard feeling creeps in. More ...


 

 
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As the old saying goes “no-one knows what goes on behind closed doors.” It’s true, and even more so when those doors are the doors of a manse.
You can’t spend more than three decades in ministry, as I did, without witnessing the best and the worst in people.
May we introduce ourselves? Sophie (tabby and white) and her daughter Sasha (white with a grey ear and tail) are Manse Moggies in a third floor flat in Glasgow, which we share with a single, women minister
When we wanted to offer safe house accommodation to a single mum and her two young girls, because they were in danger of her violent and abusive father when he escaped from prison, we could do this without a second thought
My situation may not chime with yours. You may have small children or teenagers, or you may be a single minister making a move alone. At every stage of life, for every person involved, resettlement holds its own peculiar battles.
Because we are the family of a minister doesn’t mean that we have no voice and must acquiesce to the expectations of the church