The King’s Wood Benefice is prayerfully seeking an outgoing and collaborative priest with excellent people skills to help lead us into the next stage of our mission and ministry together.
The Benefice (formed in 2012) consists of four rural parishes (6 worshipping communities) in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty between Canterbury and Ashford; it is named after the beautiful and bluebell-filled King’s Wood which encompasses three of the four parishes. The Vicarage and church school are in the extremely picturesque village of Chilham, which has featured in many films and TV programmes. All the churches are equally represented on the Benefice Council and have together agreed a vision and set of values.
The position of Priest-in-Charge of the benefice of King’s Wood offers an enthusiastic priest with strong gifts of pastoral care and missional commitment the opportunity to work with a committed team of lay people to engage with these rural communities and thereby to grow the church here.
We are looking for a Priest-in-Charge with the following skills and qualities.
Someone who has a heart for:
• Evangelism, teaching and preaching
• Ministry in the wider community
• Enabling the people of God to live out their faith throughout the week
A teamer player and leader who has:
• Great people skills, being an enabler, encourager and listener
• The ability to inspire and motivate
• A genuinely affirming attitude to different styles of worship
• The insight to help bring cohesion across the benefice
Crucially, this will mean being a visible presence in our communities.
Canterbury Diocese, the oldest diocese in England, stretches from Maidstone to Thanet, the Isle of Sheppey to the Romney Marsh and includes 328 churches in 253 parishes, along with 103 church schools, organised in to 15 deaneries and three archdeaconries, Ashford, Maidstone and Canterbury.
Whilst the Archbishop of Canterbury is the diocesan bishop, day to day oversight of the diocese is delegated to the Bishop of Dover. The Right Reverend Trevor Wilmott retired as Bishop of Dover on 13 May 2019. It is hoped that a new Bishop of Dover will be welcomed in the autumn of 2019.
Encompassed by the statement: living faith, building community, transforming lives, the Diocese of Canterbury is committed:
● To grow the church numerically and spiritually.
● To re-imagine ministry.
● To build partnerships that enrich communities.
In 2017, after over a year of prayerful conversation and discernment, our Synod further refined these priorities for the next season of our life together in mission ‘Changed Lives→ Changing Lives’. We committed ourselves
● To be a people renewed in missional prayer across our Diocese.
● To grow our Diocesan Ignite ministry, which is reaching the most marginalised in our communities with the good news of Jesus Christ.
● To specific evangelism and discipleship initiatives with teenagers.
● To ensuring that the extensive lay and ordained leadership training opportunities which we currently offer meet the outcomes of our priorities.
● To develop an innovations hub which offers resources to equip local mission.
Ministry is well underway under each of these priorities.
To facilitate the achievement of these objectives, the work of the diocese is focussed into four key ‘frameworks’:
All these are supported by our Diocesan staff team.
These frameworks replace the traditional concept of Boards and Committees and represent a flexible way of working for the Diocese with communication and collaboration at its heart.
Mission Action Planning
The Diocese uses Mission Action Planning as a process and planning tool to help deaneries, benefices and parishes prayerfully review and choose, plan and act on mission activities that will help further the objectives of the Diocese, Deaneries and benefices are supported to this end by Deanery Mission Accompaniers.
We are looking to the way ahead with faith and hope as we seek to be a people united in Christ, celebrating our diversity and reaching out to local communities with the good news of the kingdom.
Further information www.canterburydiocese.org