House for Duty Associate Minister

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Are you called to share in the ministry across six village churches in this attractive part of the Portsmouth Diocese?

Our House for Duty Minister will support the Vicar of the Joint Benefice of Catherington and Clanfield and the Vicar for the Benefices of Blendworth,Chalton and Idsworth and Rowlands Castle.

These two posts are concurrently advertised and we are looking at possible ways by which all parishes would be open to exploring working together with their new clergy team when in post.

We therefore recommend that you also look at the Portsmouth Diocese adverts for the Vicar for the United Benefice of Blendworth, Holy Trinity with Chalton, St Michael and Idsworth, St Hubert and our advert for the Vicar of the Joint Benefice of Catherington and Clanfield and the parish profiles and documents that accompany both adverts and can also be found below.

All six churches across two the Benefices are welcoming and inclusive with a variety of churchmanship ably supported by lay and clergy teams.

New housing, social and demographic changes and the upkeep of church buildings are challenges faced by the congregations but also offer opportunities for mission and outreach.

The house provided for this post is located in the village of Horndean from where all six parishes can be visited with ease.

Our new House for Duty Minister together with the two Vicars will work across all six parishes and benefices to bring spiritual depth, inspiration and leadership to the congregations and communities and to grow God's kingdom.

For more information about this application process, please use this link

We would like our new House for Duty Minister to

  • be a team player supporting the clergy and lay teams and sharing duties across all parishes;
  • establish and maintain close links with the community be it through school work or community activities;
  • nurture discipleship and spiritual development within the Church families and wider communities.

Our diocese is made up of 11,000 or so worshippers in 139 Church of England parishes across south-east Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. It is led by our Bishop, and includes clergy, Readers, retired clergy, chaplains, paid staff and thousands of volunteers who work in our parishes.

Our diocese is also divided into seven deaneries, each of which co-ordinates the mission and ministry of parishes in their area.

Further information about the diocese can be found at :

We have a framework to envision our diocese in the future - and it can be summed up in just three words:

live | pray | serve will be our guide for the future, as we seek to equip people to live as disciples of Christ; to pray, individually and together as worshipping communities; and to serve our local neighbourhoods and society together.

To achieve this, we will encourage and support our parishes, chaplaincies and church schools as they aim to:

  • make disciples of Christ;
  • grow our churches;
  • equip people for lifelong learning; and
  • promote the transformation of society.

These four strands embrace all the work covered by our central diocesan teams, but are also picked up through engagement with individual worshippers and in local parishes, communities, chaplaincies, and schools.

To discuss the post, please contact Archdeacon Joanne Grenfell

Closing date is 25th June.

The interviews for all three posts -

Vicar of Rowland Castle and of the United Benefice of Blendworth, Chalton, Idsworth and Vicar of the Joint Benefice of Catherington and Clanfied and House for Duty for all Benefices -

will take place on Monday, 15th and Tuesday, 16th July 2019.