Associate Vicar for the Chinese

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Trafalgar Square, London

We are seeking a dedicated, talented and faithful priest to enable our Chinese congregations to reach their full potential. This is an opportunity to work with a dynamic team in a growing church with a national profile. The role involves responsibility for Chinese-speakers and includes ministry with the English-speaking congregation. It requires a priest who can speak English, Cantonese and Mandarin. This is a salaried post with a housing allowance

The role of the Associate Vicar for the Chinese is to enable the Chinese congregation personally and corporately to reach its full potential and to ensure it maximises relationships with other parts of the SMITF community, deanery, diocese and Chinese community in London and beyond.


  • Planning and leading regular Sunday Cantonese worship, preaching.
  • Planning and leading regular Sunday Mandarin worship, preaching.
  • Encouraging and developing lay liturgical ministry
  • Recruiting, supervising and supporting lay ministers of communion, intercessors, readers, servers, chalice assistants.
  • Preparing for and taking baptisms, weddings and funerals on request
  • Developing, sustaining and leading on pattern of joint English-/Chinese-speaking worship

Pastoral Care

  • Visiting congregation members when sick at home or in hospital
  • Visiting elderly congregation members at home, and taking communion to the housebound at Christmas and Easter.
  • Acting as chaplain to the Bishop Ho Ming Wah Community Association
  • Overseeing and offering marriage preparation and enrichment
  • Being available to Chinese nationals in crisis in the UK on request
  • Leading weekday services, opening church 2/3 x/week and leading morning prayer


  • Lead on Confirmation Service e.g. run confirmation classes (x 8), (with AV for Ministry) liaise with bishop’s office, prepare documents
  • Provide guidance and direction to bible study and fellowship meetings


  • Chair Chinese Sub-Committee of PCC
  • Lead on setting appropriate financial relationship with PCC

National Ministry

  • Develop links with Chinese churches nationwide
  • Respond to calls for pastoral support nationwide
  • Three years ordained ministry in the Church of England or a church in full communion with it
  • Fluent English, Cantonese and Mandarin
  • Full embrace of St Martin’s theological ethos
  • Gifts in leading worship, preaching, formation
  • Ability in strategic planning, administration, congregational leadership, oversight and training of volunteers
  • Knowledge and full understanding of safeguarding procedures
  • Proficiency in understanding financial statements
  • Willingness to play a full part in fundraising endeavours

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Working at St Martin’s

Location: The office is based at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London

Salary: This is a salaried and not a stipendiary post. A housing allowance is included in the salary. The salary will increase annually in line with pay awards across the Diocese. The 2019 level is £37,325

Pension: The appointed person will be eligible to join the occupational pension scheme, which is currently 15% employer contribution and min 3% employee contribution

Health Insurance: Available after completing one year’s service

Hours: Clergy at St Martin’s work six days a week, including one quieter, more reflective day, and take a day off on Thursday, Friday or Saturday by agreement with the rest of the team

Annual Leave: Clergy at St Martin’s take 6 weeks holiday per year, including no more than 6 Sundays. They are also eligible for one annual retreat of up to 5 weekdays

Contract: The post is subject to a 3-month probationary period and will be reviewed after 3 years for financial viability and pastoral suitability. In other respects this is a permanent position