Vicar, Sway Benefice

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St Luke's is a thriving church in the heart of the New Forest.

"Growing in our love for Jesus, His world and each other"

We are a single church parish with a 70:30 division between parochial leadership and wider deanery mission.

We are a loving and generous congregation in a thriving village in the New Forest, situated between Bournemouth and Southampton. We have developed different worship styles on a Sunday to cater for our breadth of churchmanship. We have a recently reordered Victorian church building.

We offer a four bedroomed family vicarage in the heart of the village, next to the church.

We have good links with St Luke’s Primary School.

We are seeking a confident and discerning leader who can build on our strengths and challenge and lead us, with a clear vision, to reach the families in our community, with the love of Jesus.

Our Vision

Growing in our love for Jesus, His world and each other

Our Priorities

Growing in our love for Jesus: Discipleship

  • We want to grow in our experience and love for God the Father, for Jesus and the Holy Spirit:
  • The Word: Clearly meeting with God, in our hearts, through well applied expository preaching, in all our services
  • Prayer: Growing our times of prayer, within the church family, through intercession and listening to the Holy Spirit and integrating this into the ongoing life of the church
  • The Presence: Ensuring we experience the Lord’s presence together, week by week, in our services and times together
  • Fellowship: Creating fresh ways to develop our spiritual gifts and share our love for Jesus together

Growing in our love for one another - Being the Church

  • We want to grow in our love for each other, young and old, established and newcomers
  • Small Groups: Valuing and resourcing our small groups, enabling them to welcome others and offer appropriate pastoral care
  • Services: Developing a pattern of services that work well for both the 9.30 and 11.15 worship styles
  • Pastoral Care: Providing an appropriate system of pastoral care for the whole church family, within current safe guarding guidelines
  • Individuals: Making sure everyone feels valued and loved and finds their place well

Growing in our love for the world : Community & Resources

  • We want to grow in our love and service of the world both close at hand and distant by:
  • Reaching Families: Identifying and implementing new ways to reach more people of all ages in the community, including St Luke’s School, especially families and children - even dads
  • Accessibility: Developing worship that is accessible to the whole community of Sway Innovation: Creating new ways of follow-up of baptisms and funerals, exploring faith, preparing for heaven etc. that give people easy access points to the church family and potentially awaken past relationships with the Lord

Our Presence: Increasing our presence in Sway (including website and social media) and increasing the usage of our re-ordered building

Local Service: Encouraging more involvement in local opportunities to serve e.g. Basics Bank, Street Pastors, CAP etc.

Home & Overseas Mission: Continuing our support for mission elsewhere in the UK and overseas; building on all our live links and relationships.


Closing date: 25 April 2019 at 12 noon

Visit and interviews: 8-9 May 2019

An enhanced DBS is required

We are seeking a Vicar who will exercise their leadership within the church, in a relaxed and confident manner, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Have a clear and lively vision of where God wants to take us as a church whilst building on our past journey. Someone who will develop our Sunday services and church life to be more accessible to all. Identify the changes needed to enable the families of the village to find Jesus and become part of the church family. Who will teach us well using the full authority of Scripture for faith and life. Can appreciate and develop the gifts and resources within the congregation. Be a public presence and the representative of Christ in the village. Welcome the opportunity of working with the schools in the Deanery for 30% of your time and play an active role on the Governors of St Luke’s School


Will be a good leader with clear vision, someone with heart for families and young people. Able to work well with the 70:30 role division. Will lead us into the Lord’s presence through different worship styles and able to integrate our prayer life and the gifts of the Holy Spirit into the day to day life of the church. Be able to lead and encourage a team to give good pastoral care to the church community and the village as necessary and blessed by our generous congregation and sound financial management.

For more information about this application process, please use this link

Winchester Diocese

At the heart of our life is the desire to be always Living the Mission of Jesus. We are engaged in a strategic process to deliver a mission-shaped Diocese, in which parochial, pastoral and new forms of pioneering and radical ministry all flourish. Infused with God's missionary Spirit we want three character traits to be clearly visible in how we live:

  • Passionate personal spirituality;
  • Pioneering faith communities;
  • Prophetic global citizens.

The Diocese of Winchester is an exciting place to be right now. With a grant of £4.3m from the strategic Development Fund, we are investing in missional projects across the diocese which are aimed at strategic growth for the common good. We pray that, if God is calling you to join us in his mission here, he will reveal this to you clearly as you consider this post