Vicar of the Joint Benefice of Catherington and Clanfield

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Catherington and Clanfield
Full Stipend

With a longing to see both churches grow across all ages and a clear vision to further spiritual depth and to bring inspiration to both parishes in a time of change the new Vicar of the joint benefice, ably supported by a dedicated lay and clergy team, will nurture and support congregations and reach out into the community of these two semi-rural parishes.

We are also seeking a Vicar for the United Benefice of Blendworth, Chalton and Idsworth and for the Benefice of Rowlands Castle 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. This would be supported by a new House for Duty Associate Minister, whose duties will be shared across all the above parishes.

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 House for Duty post and the parish profiles and documents that accompany both adverts.

All Saints Church is central in the life of the village of Catherington with its school work and many activities in the community and there is great potential for God's work in the parish to rejuvenate faith and the church building to attract new members to the congregation.

Discipleship, Children & Youth and Community Outreach are the key areas of the mission statement for St James, Clanfield with its strong sense of community and its desire to grow further in numbers as well as spiritual depth.

We see the challenges set before us as opportunities to grow and develop and we see great potential for God's work in our parishes.

We are looking for a Vicar who can lead these churches in mission and move them forward with energy keeping the churches central in the life of its communities by using the enthusiasm already present in the congregations.

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

We are looking for a Vicar who is

  • a spiritual and people-focused person who will be keen to immerse themselves into the community and school work;
  • a person with leadership skills able to grow and encourage the ministry team to develop new and pro-active pathways to meet the social and faith challenges of our time;
  • able to nurture, affirm and motivate the talents, skills and contributions given by the congregations and firmly establishing God at the heart of their undertakings.

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.