Vicar of the Joint Benefice of Catherington and Clanfield

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Catherington and Clanfield
Full Stipend

With a longing to see All Saints Catherington and St James Clanfield grow across all ages, with 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 will nurture and support congregations and reach out into the community of these two semi-rural parishes. He or she will be ably supported by a dedicated lay and clergy team.

The new Vicar will also closely work with the incumbent for the United Benefice of Blendworth, Chalton and Idsworth and for the Benefice of Rowlands Castle, exploring ways by which all parishes could be working together. 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 parish profiles for the United Benefice of Blendworth, Holy Trinity with Chalton, St Michael and Idsworth, St Hubert and St John's Rowlands Castle.

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 Gavin Collins

Please also contact Rev Vickie Morgan, incumbent of Rowlands Castle, Blendworth, Chalton and Idsworth on

for information on how all six churches could work together.

The closing date for applications is 8th November 2019.

The interviews will take place on Monday, 2nd and Tuesday 3rd December 2019.