This month is a big month for me. I have come to the conclusion that, whatever God and myself may want, the Anglican churches of England, Scotland and Wales are in no big hurry to offer me a full time, stipendary parish post. I have reached this realisation, not on what anybody has told me, but on my experience of job seeking over the last two years.

Therefore, I am now, following the advice of many trusted blog friends and with the encouragement of Mrs MP, moving on to Plan B which involves me becoming self-employed on 1st. February 2011 and earning my living through my blogging ministry, freelance writing, concert promotion and anything else that I can legally do to earn a buck or two. At least initially this will not give me anywhere near the wages I would earn as a full time parish priest but my experience of unemployment over the last five months convinces me that what I do raise will be adequate to live humbly on. This plan does rely on me finding a house for duty post, not just to give me a roof over my head but so that I can continue my quest to bring the virtual and real worlds together in a way that will create opportunities for spreading the gospel of Christ that either alone cannot create.

Half way through December I drew your attention to the new PayPal facility that I have added whereby you can elect to automatically subscribe a fixed amount to my ministry on a monthly basis. You scroll down the list of options and choose the amount that you wish to donate (if you want to donate a sum not already mentioned then just contact me and I will add it to the list). I stated that I really needed a total commitment from my readers of $1000 a month. So far I am a quarter of the way to that figure. However, I added the facility after many of my regular supporters had already made their monthly donation. So I am hopeful this will get nearer to the "magic figure" during this month. To make this easier I have changed my PayPal account so that you can subscribe or donate without having your own PayPal account. Of course, if you wish, you can continue to help me, without subscribing, through the standard donation facility.

All this is scaring the living daylights out of me. I have never been self-employed before and I've never had to trust in God and my own talents this much in the past. So please continue to pray for Mrs MP and myself as we step out in either faith or naivety or, as I expect, a mixture of both.

Here is the usual blurb:

The administrator of this site is the Reverend Jonathan Hagger (a.k.a. MadPriest). He is a licensed Church of England priest but he receives no salary from any church or any other employer. At present his ministry consists entirely of his work at St. Laika's and OCICBW...

However, he likes to eat occasionally and his blogs cost quite a bit of money to run. So, in true Anglican style a collection plate is being made available for your donations (via PayPal).

Full accounts will be posted here each year. You will never be asked to pledge or tithe but a regular monthly contribution from you would give him security and peace of mind.

Another way to help Jonathan is to buy Amazon products via his Amazon shop. Details of how to do this can be found in the right hand sidebar.

And here are the PayPal links through which you can subscribe or donate:



  1. God bless you, MadPriest and Mrs MadPriest, in your new venture. Although I am not one of your trusted blog friend advisors, I pray for you anyway. 🙂

    Heaven knows that I spend far too much at Amazon, but I always buy through your widget.

  2. Thank you, Mimi.

    And yes, it is true that I wouldn’t trust you as far asI could throw you but rest assured this is nothing personal, It’s just that early on in my blogging career I was advised by quite a few people from the New York and New England area of your country never to trust anybody from any of those southern states. In fact I was told that you yourself have been sold by your grandchildren quite a few times.

  3. MP, blessings on this venture. For someone as creative as you, self-employment may in the long run prove far more fruitful than being a “company man”.

    (and I haven’t contributed yet, but will soon)

  4. Once busy season in the convention industry gets underway (within the next week or so, through at least May) and Joe gets some more work, we might be able to make a contribution as well. Things have been tight in our industry, however, and work via the union has been slow. But I have made a couple of purchases via the Amazon widget.

    Good luck with this, Jonathan.

    wv: oxing

    I don’t even want to know what one is doing with that ox when one is oxing.

  5. One of the few self-supporting ministers is Jonathan Blake, who left the C of E and became Bishop in the Open Episcopal Church, but he has achieved this through huge amounts of publicity and even a landmark court case that demonstrated valid orders. Some do funeral ministries one after another, but even that’s difficult and not a little draining, once you get in with the funeral directors.

    Best wishes.

  6. I don’t know how to say this without it sounding clichéd, so I’ll just say it and ask you, based on your knowledge of me, to accept its sincerity.

    I do not expect anything off anybody. Asking for money goes against my upbringing and I find this whole thing very difficult to get used to. When I receive a donation I am humbled, confused and extremely guilty (my problem, I know).

    Although I keep a careful record of all donations I receive I have not committed this to memory. In any case I would rather live in poverty than lose a single friendship so there is no way I would ever split my readers into two groups. I am fully aware that many of my blogging friends are far worse off than Mrs MP and myself and that I am extremely fortunate to have a particular skill that has helped the two of us weather the financial problems my (lack of) employment situation has dumped on us.

    Please, please, please, it is me who should apologise, not you. Not any of you.