Assistant Priest (House for Duty)

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Northanger (Selbourne)
Clergy

The Benefice of Northanger is looking for an Assistant Priest to work alongside our Rector across the 8 parishes of our rural benefice (including Chawton the home of Jane Austen). The Assistant Priest will play a leading role in nurturing ministry in all our parishes and engage with the wider community, especially our local schools.

The post offers supportive clergy and lay colleagues and a 4 bed house in the picturesque village of Selborne.

We seek a priest who draws on the riches of scripture, tradition and the beliefs and practices of the Church of England. Is able to use the resources of the Church of England in BCP and Common Worship faithfully and imaginatively and with empathy to the worship currently offered by the congregations. Has an aptitude for inspiring, motivating and empowering others and has a sensitivity for and understanding of the varied pastoral needs of the community.

For an informal conversation contact please contact The Ven Richard Brand, Archdeacon of Winchester on 01962 710960

Closing date: 13 December 2018 at 12 noon

Tour and interview date: 24 January 2019

The position will be held under Common Tenure on the basis of working Sunday plus two other days per week, or equivalent, as agreed with the Rector. One day a week will be spent working in the wider Deanery; the details of this will be agreed with the Area Dean and reflect the applicant’s gifts. The Assistant Priest will be resident in the Selborne Vicarage.

A broad picture of the Northanger Benefice, the churches, the parishioners and the surrounding area is given in the Benefice Profile. This role description should be read in conjunction with the Diocesan, Deanery and Benefice Mission Action Plans set out in that profile.

The role is for a House for Duty Assistant Priest who will join our Northanger Benefice Ministry Team. The new priest will:

  • Work as a close colleague with the Rector
  • Playing a leading role in nurturing the ministry in all of our parishes and sharing assemblies at our Chawton and Selborne schools.
  • They will participate in ministry across the Benefice, with services each Sunday, and the likelihood of ten each of baptisms, weddings and funerals each year, possibly more

We are looking for a House for Duty Priest who:

Spirituality

  • Has a personal faith and a desire to seek and wait upon God and His will.
  • Draws on the riches of scripture, tradition and the beliefs and practices of the Church of England.

Worship and Preaching

  • Is able to use the resources of the Church of England in BCP and Common Worship faithfully and
  • Imaginatively and with empathy to the worship currently offered by the congregations. .
  • Is willing to share the lead in worship with others and to encourage others to lead.

Leadership and Collaboration

  • Is willing to work as part of a team, and particularly with clergy colleagues and Churchwardens.
  • Has an aptitude for inspiring, motivating and empowering others. Encourages lay leadership.

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.

Alton Deanery

The Alton deanery is committed to working together in the service, and for the glory, of God. We are very much looking forward to welcoming a new colleague, to whom we can offer support and with whom we hope to work collaboratively to achieve parish, deanery and diocesan priorities. We are moving toward all licensed ministers holding a deanery portfolio responsibility, which will give an outlet for individual’s gifts and which equips and builds up the whole people of God for mission and ministry.

Our small deanery comprises five benefices, with a total of 23 buildings and 18 parishes, gathered around and including the market town of Alton. We are currently beginning the process of working together with the neighbouring deanery of Alresford exploring joint chapter and synod meetings.