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Ordained Pioneer Minister

Please Note: The application deadline for this post has now passed.


The Bishop of Portsmouth wishes to appoint a full-time ordained pioneer minister (associate priest) to build up fresh expressions of church, especially for young families, in the Milton area; and to be part of the strategic leadership and development of this parish.

Post Introduction

Portsmouth Diocese's £2.3 million Pioneer Project is committed to growing new disciples and new worshipping communities, with a particular focus on younger people, hard to reach areas, and new housing. We are assisted by strategic development funding under the Renewal and Reform programme. We are open to a creative variety of pioneering, church planting, and fresh expressions approaches, supported by a milestones framework which encourages pioneers to build up new worshipping communities

Role Responsibility

There is no job description as such for this role, as we would like to be brave enough to offer a blank piece of paper, but in order to provide a basis on which to start we offer the following:

  • To go out and discern the spirit of people in this fast-growing urban parish to find out what their needs, desires, hopes and aspirations are and how and where as "church" we can meet them.
  • To make introductions and build upon the existing relationships with younger people, schools and other organisations, expanding the culture of church and family.
  • To build up a new worshipping community/communities in a style appropriate to those who seek to grow in faith as disciples of Christ.
  • To share, by negotiation, in the life of the parish assisting with services and occasional offices, and participating in the pattern of daily offices.

The Ideal Candidate

You will be

  • an ordained priest, male or female, within the Church of England, in sympathy with the Anglican catholic tradition. (Within these parameters the existing liturgy is catholic in ethos and well ordered, though with varying degrees of formality.) 
  • an inspirational person with energy, ambition, vision and an ability to work collaboratively as part of a dedicated and enthusiastic team.
  • a committed person, able to play a part, with a wider pastoral team, in caring for the well-being of the worshipping community and enquirers with devotion, sensitivity and skill­.

About Us


Information about some of our existing pioneer ministry can be found here: https://www.portsmouth.anglican.org/pioneer/ and a copy of our first year data and evaluation project report is available by request.

To discuss the role please contact the Archdeacon of Portsdown, the Ven Dr Joanne Grenfell: joanne.grenfell@portsmouth.anglican.org

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