Priest in Charge

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Littlebourne Benefice

A new partnership of five churches near Canterbury is moving enthusiastically towards becoming a single benefice. We are seeking a priest to lead us, encourage us, guide us and pray with us. Our ministry teams need help in their development of God’s work in our growing community. Please help us as we grow the role of the laity in our churches and reshape our worship, evangelism and pastoral care. We are still learning but we understand and accept the challenge facing the rural church and us locally.


We want to be a church in which we share our love of God within our villages and in the wider community. We want to

  • Express our faith through Christian witness in prayer, ministry and worship, led collaboratively by our priest and well supported by the laity.
  • Develop our faith both as individuals and as a church family.
  • Be the spiritual home for the advancement of God’s work in our village communities.
  • Reach out into our community and schools to share God’s word with all, whatever their needs or circumstances.

We need a priest who can guide us in our journeying – is this you?

To be an enthusiastic, outward looking parish priest in our Benefice and to lead us in this next stage of pastoral reorganisation, to become one, which we have already agreed.

As our new Priest in Charge we expect these to be some of the qualities you will bring to ministry and leadership with us:

A Team Leader

  • who will help develop our ministry teams for mission both locally and across our wider community

A Church ‘grower’

  • who will help us to grow spiritually and numerically both as disciples and church

An Enabler, Encourager and Facilitator

  • who will help us to move forward on our journey as we discover better ways of being effective in mission, ministry and witness

A Spiritual Leader

  • who will build great relationships in all walks of life as a pastor whose life is rooted in prayer whilst encouraging us to do the same

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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 Queen has approved the appointment of the Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons, as the next Bishop of Dover.

Rose will succeed the Rt Revd Trevor Willmott who retired from the role in May this year. She will be consecrated in a service at St Paul’s Cathedral on 19 November and installed at Canterbury Cathedral on 30 November.


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’:

  • Children and Young People
  • Local Church Development
  • Licensed Ministries
  • Communities and Partnership

    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.

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