Chaplain, Saint Michael’s, Paris
At St. Michael’s we don’t describe ourselves as an ‘expatriate’ church; we are international and culturally diverse, most of our members are well integrated into French society and we have both a global and a local focus. We recognise that we are in a very strategic position, and we want to make the very best of it for the Kingdom of God and for His glory.
Who are we?
- An Anglican chaplaincy in the Diocese in Europe, under the patronage of the Intercontinental Church Society.
- An international community of more than 25 nationalities.
- Evangelical - strongly committed to Biblical teaching and preaching.
- Fully Trinitarian - seeking to welcome and grow in the ministry and gifts of the Holy Spirit.
- Missional – we want to play our part in giving every person in the English-speaking communities of Paris an opportunity to respond to the good news of Jesus Christ.
Saint Michael’s vision is summarised below:
In Christ Jesus and through the Holy Spirit, our heavenly Father calls us to:
- Intimacy with God.
- Deep commitment to one another.
- Lives which show the fruit of radical obedience.
- Be a beacon in Paris and to the nations.
The Chaplain will lead the church in carrying out this vision, centred around 7 key areas:
- Working in partnership with the Churchwardens, the Council and the staff.
- Taking the lead in the ministries of teaching, preaching, prayer and worship.
- Developing and overseeing strategies to strengthen discipleship.
- Developing and leading fresh strategy for creative outward-facing missional activities.
- Ensuring the pastoral care ministries of the church.
- Supporting development of youth ministry.
- Exercising the usual duties of ordained leadership in the life of the church.
7 key areas
Partnership with the Council
- The Chaplain will take the lead, working with the Churchwardens and Church Council in determining God’s will for the Church, including future policy, priority and direction.
Teaching, Preaching, Prayer and Worship
- The Chaplain will lead the teaching and preaching ministry of the church.
The Chaplain will oversee the worship and service leading across the full range of Saint Michael's services, currently contemporary and traditional.
- The Chaplain will ensure the priority of prayer, including leading the church’s monthly prayer meeting (The Hour of Power).
- The Chaplain will develop strategies to provide spiritual support and encourage spiritual growth to church members.
- The Chaplain will oversee and encourage the growth of small groups, a fundamental church activity by identifying and training new leaders; planting new groups and placing new members in groups.
- Historically Saint Michael's has had a very fruitful mission to many, and seeks to develop fresh and creative ways of engaging with people outside the Church.
- The Chaplain will lead the development of new initiatives and leadership teams and enable volunteers to express outlets of services.
- The Chaplain will actively seek partnerships and chances for shared activities with neighbouring churches and organisations, which support and encourage outreach.
- The Chaplain will ensure the effective provision of pastoral care and the development and oversight of a pastoral visitation team.
- The Chaplain will engage in pastoral visitation and spiritual counselling and accompaniment.
- The Chaplain will oversee the development of the ministry to teen-agers, alongside the existing Children’s and Families work.
Duties of ordained leadership
- The Chaplain will play a full role in the conducting of pastoral offices, taking baptisms, weddings and funerals and exercising the normal duties of ordained ministry across the life of the church.
- The Chaplain will oversee and work closely with staff colleagues- both lay and ordained, and chair Council meetings.
- The Chaplain will ensure that the staff meet regularly to pray and will encourage time out for retreats and spiritual refreshment.
- The Chaplain will ensure, with the Standing Committee, that all property belonging to the Church is thoroughly maintained.
- The Chaplain will participate in the life of the Diocese attending both Archdeaconry Synod and local clergy Chapter meetings.
- With the Council, the Chaplain will define, evolve and implement the Vision for St Michael’s to take it forward over the next 5 years and beyond.
The Ideal Candidate
The successful candidate will have a demonstrable track record in the following key areas:
- Gospel ministry in the context of the local church and in shared ministry.
- A deep love and knowledge of God's Word, and strong ability in teaching and preaching.
- Passion for - and demonstrable experience in - developing discipleship and mission.
- Enthusiasm and experience in seeking and responding to the work of the Holy Spirit, and confidence in teaching and exercising spiritual gifts.
- Strong leadership skills and proven ability to identify emerging leaders, and to encourage the members of the Body of Christ in their gifts and ministries.
- Flexibility in organising staff and volunteer leadership given the frequent turn-over in the church membership.
- A good and clear communicator of ideas and thoughts which inspire and engage the audience.
- High motivation for pastoral care.
- Firm belief in the power and effectiveness of prayer.
- Strong commitment to a pattern of personal prayer.
- Ability to develop a spirit of community among members from many different cultures and religious backgrounds.
You will be:
- An experienced evangelical Anglican priest.
- A prayerful leader with a strong pattern of personal prayer.
- A Spirit-led leader with confidence in teaching and exercising spiritual gifts.
- Outgoing, friendly, compassionate and approachable.
- Servant-hearted and self-aware.
- Comfortable with a culturally diverse mix of people.
- Highly organised and with experience of managing a staff team.
- Dynamic, able to inspire and motivate others; able to delegate effectively.
- Capable of handling conflict and finding a solution.
- Comfortable in the review and handling of financial aspects -integral to the running of a church.
To thrive in the specific context of ministry and life in Paris:
- A previous experience in an international and /or cross- cultural ministry context would be an advantage, as would experience in living abroad.
- At least a basic working knowledge of written and spoken French (or a desire and capacity to learn) would be an advantage.
- A sense of adventure, and a realistic view of ministry and life in Paris, and the challenges of a cross-cultural move will be essential.
A little bit of history
Saint Michael’s was once the ‘British Embassy church’. Established in 1834, the church building was a Gothic - style chapel which had no meeting room or hygiene facilities. In the 1970s the chapel was demolished, and an office block built in its place, almost half of which houses our church premises.
Our patron society, the Intercontinental Church Society, owns the lower ground floor (where the main Sanctuary is located), the ground floor, first floor and half of the second floor. The other 57% of the building are offices, which belongs to two co-owners, who have major plans for bringing the building up to date and possibly converting their part into residences.
Our building does not look like a church from the outside, but it is a much-loved ‘home’. The construction is solid, however after 40 years of heavy use the building is in a poor state of repair. A couple of years ago, we came to realise that the time had come to make provisions for large scale improvements over the next years. At recent thanksgiving and Gift Day we cast a vision for renovation, to which the congregation responded with generosity. Over a period of two years, we received a total thanksgiving offering of over €150,000. During 2016 and 2017, we have been able to carry out and complete the renovations, notably of the church entrance. This has given the entrance a whole new and welcoming feel attracting people into the ‘Father’s House’. For more on our finances, see the section on Finance, later in the Profile.
Where are we?
Saint Michael’s is located in central Paris (close to metro stations “Concorde” or “Madeleine”) with easy access by public transport lines, on a side street very close to the British and American Embassies, the Elysées Palace (residence of the President of France) and close to the major fashion houses!