The Dover Town Team Ministry is looking for a colleague to join in with the task of designing and developing a new pattern of mission and ministry in the historic town of Dover.
The five parishes of the brand new Dover Town Team have been through a three and a half year period of learning to understand one another and work together. Now there’s the opportunity to envision and encourage a deepening of the ways in which we can share our ministry, mission and spiritual life.
Your role will have two dimensions:
First, to work as a key leader in our team of lay and ordained people in developing and delivering our vision of encouraging inspiring worship; deepening faith; persistent prayer; mutual care, and reaching out with Jesus’ love to those in need.
We’re open to the gifts, skills and experience you will uniquely bring and will want you to use them to take the lead in developing a specific area of ministry across all the churches of our Team Ministry. What that particular area of ministry will be is something we can explore together.
We’ll need you to be a facilitative leader; enjoying working in teams; nurturing the ministries of others; training, equipping and supporting others in the roles to which God is calling them.
And we’ll need to you to be fully committed to working with us in a collegiate way: fully engaged with us in prayer, planning and pastoral services; sharing in our common life; nurturing good personal and working relationships; being flexible with working in traditions other than your own.
Second, you will take particular pastoral responsibility for the parish of St Martin of Tours, Dover. You’ll need to actively nurture the congregation at St Martin’s, drawing them together in fellowship; encouraging them in their discipleship; leading them in mission.
Team Vicar for the Dover Town Team Ministry
Dover, with its busy port and ancient history, diversity and social need, offers significant challenges and opportunities for mission and ministry. A Town Team Ministry has recently been created with vision, energy and purpose to serve the town through collaboration in mission and shared ministry.
We are seeking an outstanding Team Vicar who can bring their gifts into a diverse college of ministry, lay and ordained, who can work across the Team, and who reflects the relational God we serve by their leadership style.
We celebrate and bless our rich diversity of church traditions, put the community at the heart of all we do and work to strengthen our links with schools and young people. Our new Team Vicar will play a full part in this work across the Team while having particular responsibility for St Martin’s, Dover, which stands in an evangelical tradition.
Application pack available at pathways.churchofengland.org or www.canterburydiocese.org/vacancies
Closing date: 10 February 2019
Interviews: 21 February 2019
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Questions to: Louise Mills, PA to Archdeacon of Ashford
Email: Louise.Mills@archdeacashford.org Tel: 01233 712649
Roles and Responsibilities
We are looking for someone who
· is friendly, hospitable and sociable.
· is able to demonstrate a commitment to a collegiate style of ministry.
· will encourage and develop the ministry of lay people.
· loves to read, study, teach and be inspired by the Bible.
· has a good understanding of the theology of mission and is committed to its practice.
· has a good understanding of and love for contemporary forms of worship, but an ability to work within a wide range of liturgical traditions.
· is at ease with both the inclusive and also the more conservative theological perspectives embraced by the faith communities within the Town.
· is adept at giving pastoral care both within and outside the faith community.
· has a stable rhythm of personal spiritual practice.