Interim Priest-in-Charge (House for Duty) - Benefice of Ellesborough, The Kimbles and Stoke Mandeville, Archdeaconry of Buckingham

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Stoke Mandeville, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
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The Archdeacon of Buckingham is seeking a gifted Interim Minister to lead these parishes through a process of pastoral organisation over the next 3 years.

This is an important stage in the life of the benefice of Ellesborough, The Kimbles and Stoke Mandeville. A number of significant challenges and opportunities have coincided, indicating that this is a Kairos moment which the benefice hopes to explore and embrace. The significant financial difficulties in two of the parishes and the differing missional needs within the benefice have been discussed in detail, with support from the deanery and diocese. The churches are now in a position to begin working towards a sustainable and mission-focussed future.

Following the unanimous decision of all three PCCs to suspend the benefice, the churches now wish to work towards a future which is financially sustainable around two distinct centres of ministry and mission:

Ellesborough and The Kimbles

The rural context of these villages with a reordered church building at Great Kimble and strong links with the local school. They wish to explore opportunities joining a larger, neighbouring benefice for long-term sustainable oversight and collaborative ministry.

Stoke Mandeville

This larger community on the edge of Aylesbury will see large new housing development to fill the space between the village and the expanding town of Aylesbury. They wish to explore opportunities joining a larger, neighbouring benefice for long-term sustainable oversight and collaborative ministry.

The Archdeacon of Buckingham is seeking a gifted Interim Minister to lead the parishes over the next 3 years. Working alongside a part-time locally-funded associate priest, to be appointed after the Interim Minister is in post, and a committed LLM, the appointee will lead the three parishes through a process of change in preparation for a sustainable future where each parish can thrive and fulfil its full missional potential.

This will include:

  • clarifying and articulating vision within the proposed new two centres of ministry
  • addressing financial concerns and establishing a financially sustainable future for ministry
  • identifying missional opportunities and developing plans to address them
  • establishing administrative support around using all their resources to their full potential
  • exploring the future of All Saints, Little Kimble

For more information about the role and our Parish please download the Statement of Needs and Traditions document below.

The Ideal Candidate will be able to:

  • work creatively and strategically and across deanery boundaries with adjacent benefices to explore possible ministry options for the future.
  • oversee the locally supported associate priest in providing pastoral care across the benefice
  • share the leading of Sunday and Festival worship across the benefice

The role will need a priest who:

  • is confident, friendly, compassionate and approachable
  • can build teams and motivate people
  • is self-aware with a healthy work-life balance

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

Closing date for applications: Midnight on Thursday 20 June 2019

Interviews: Monday 22 July 2019

Enhanced DBS Disclosure required