The parish system is extraordinary: how many other professionals live alongside those with whom they work? The demands are many. My husband is expected to run a small business, manage a minimal staff team and volunteers, look after a building – these are usually old and often listed – take responsibility for the finances, safeguarding and other administrative aspects of a parish, and be available to all and sundry at all times of the day and night. I haven’t even mentioned prayer, preaching, officiating at services and pastoral work, which one might think should be the priorities.”

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