Vacancies

Local Mission and Growth Adviser

We are looking for a mission-minded individual – lay or ordained – with hands-on experience of growth in the local church. As part of the close-knit Local Church Development team, you will be at the forefront of a continuing culture shift across the Diocese of Canterbury, using a range of tools to build capacity for mission and growth in a rich variety of church settings.

Salary: £36,516 p/a.
Hours of work: 35 hours per week, to be worked flexibly, often including evenings and weekends.
Contract: permanent.

Closing date: 3 March
Interviews: 29 March

Applications/questions to: Louise Mills, PA to Archdeacon of Ashford
Email: lmills@archdeacashford.org    Tel: 01233 712649

Team Vicar and Team Missioner, Benefice of North Downs

Team Vicar:

We wish to appoint a Team Vicar for the “Pilgrims Way Ministry Area”. This post covers villages in an area of outstanding natural beauty and a modern suburban community on the edge of Maidstone.

Team Missioner:

In addition to three clergy focused on particular parishes we want to appoint a Missioner (lay or ordained) to work with clergy and laity across the benefice.

North Downs Benefice (near Maidstone, Kent) is a newly formed team ministry drawing together four former benefices.  We are fortunate that we are able to increase our staffing at this point.  With two incumbent status clergy in post we are seeking to recruit two further staff members to join us as we embark on a new venture of working together.

These posts could be held together by a couple.

For an informal conversation about the posts, please contact the Team Rector, Rev Canon John Corbyn.
Tel:  07745 174139

Applications/questions to: Sari Bishop, PA to Archdeacon of Maidstone
Email: sbishop@archdeacmaid.org    Tel: 01622 200221

Closing date: 26 February
Interviews: 28 and 29 March

Priest in Charge, The Len Valley Benefice

We are looking to appoint a Priest-in-Charge to our benefice with a heart to continue to grow the church and make faith real and relevant to these four diverse villages.

He/she will need to demonstrate a love of people and of God and an ability to bring the two together. He/she will need to be able to manage time and people and be at ease with a range of worship styles.

Applications/questions to: Sari Bishop, PA to Archdeacon of Maidstone
Email: sbishop@archdeacmaid.org    Tel: 01622 200221

Rector, Guernsey St Michel du Valle (the Vale church)

Guernsey is a fascinating and rewarding place in which to minister.

We are seeking to nominate a priest to the Crown for appointment as Rector of the parish of St Michel du Valle (the Vale church) – one of the larger parishes in the island, with a population of just over 9500 people and with huge opportunities for mission and ministry.

The parish is in good heart, but is ready for wise and sensitive leadership to lead the congregation into the next stage of committed discipleship and growth. The churchmanship has recently been distinctly Catholic, but that does not necessarily define the future direction of the parish. One of the challenges for the new Rector will be helping the parish to understand how to connect their giving with their faith, seeing their giving as a response to the giving of a generous God, and to understand that their giving enables mission and ministry. Vale is a parish which might be considered by the Bishop of Dover for receiving a stipendiary curate; therefore, proven experience in the supervision of others in ministry is an essential requirement in anyone who might be considered for appointment as Rector.

If you would like to discuss the post informally and in confidence, please contact the Very Reverend Tim Barker, the Dean of Guernsey, on 01481 238568 or 07781 166095.

Closing date for applications: Monday 30 January at 12 noon. Interviews in Guernsey (expenses paid for candidate and spouse) on Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 February.

Dean of Jersey and Rector of the parish church of St Helier

The Deputy Lieutenant Governor, together with the Bishop of Dover, seek to appoint a Dean of Jersey and Rector of the Parish Church of St Helier.

The office of Dean is a Crown appointment and the Dean is the senior Priest in the Bailiwick and represents the Bishop in the Deanery.

For more information and an application pack, please contact the Bishop of Dover’s Office: sue.bowles@bishcant.org
Tel: 01227 459382

Closing date: 3 February
Interviews: 26-28 February

Rector, Eastchurch with Leysdown and Harty

The Warden, Fellows and Scholars of Keble College, Oxford are seeking to appoint to the Anglo Catholic parish of Eastchurch with Leysdown and Harty a part stipended priest (0.2). These vibrant communities on the east of the Isle of Sheppey have the two church buildings at their heart. The newly appointed priest will assist in the churches’ outreach and be an effective preacher, pastor and teacher.

Applications and questions to: Sari Bishop, PA to Archdeacon of Maidstone
Email: sbishop@archdeacmaid.org    Tel: 01622 200221

Priest in Charge, Borden

The Diocese of Canterbury and The Society for the Maintenance of the Faith (SMF) are looking to appoint a priest in the Anglo-Catholic tradition for this semi-rural single parish benefice near Sittingbourne, Kent, with a thriving church school and a strong choral tradition.  He or she will need to be an accomplished team builder and pastor, with the ability to communicate the faith and engage with those both inside and outside the church.

Applications/questions to: Sari Bishop, PA to Archdeacon of Maidstone
Email: sbishop@archdeacmaid.org    Tel: 01622 200221

Closing date: 3 April
Interviews: 26 April

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