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Sholing (population 19,700) is on the east-side of Southampton, with a wide range of housing, small shopping areas, but no single centre. Our stone-built Victorian Church has recently been refurbished as the first step of a major reordering. Sholing is home to one of Southampton's two Pioneer Hubs Supported by a stipendiary Lead Pioneer Minister and Lay Pioneers, these exist to follow a call to radical pioneering mission.

Our Vision and Priorities

We value the inherited church whilst at the same time actively encouraging new and different expressions of Church. We are an outward facing parish striving to be at the heart of the community by engaging with local schools and community groups.

Our Core Values are:

  • Innovative Environment
  • Diverse Family
  • Culture of Growth
  • Facilitating Community
  • Climate of Commitment
  • Intentionally Engaged

In order to support our vision and values, the Church has embarked on an ambitious reordering to make our facilities fit for contemporary mission and community use.


Closing date: 8 August 2019 at noon

Visit and interviews: 2-3 September 2019

For an informal conversation contact:

The Ven Dr Peter Rouch, Archdeacon of Bournemouth on 01962 710960

An enhanced DBS is required

To support and develop the life of the parish and fulfil the portfolio responsibility as Pioneer Advocate.

Will be able to:

  • build on recent achievements
  • challenge us in further developing the mission of the church to the community of Sholing
  • lead, support and nurture the inherited church whilst reaching out to the community in which we live and to whom church may have no relevance
For more information about this application process, please use this link

Winchester Diocese

At the heart of our life is the desire to be always Living the Mission of Jesus. We are engaged in a strategic process to deliver a mission-shaped Diocese, in which parochial, pastoral and new forms of pioneering and radical ministry all flourish. Infused with God's missionary Spirit we want three character traits to be clearly visible in how we live:

  • Passionate personal spirituality;
  • Pioneering faith communities;
  • Prophetic global citizens.

The Diocese of Winchester is an exciting place to be right now. With a grant of £4.3m from the strategic Development Fund, we are investing in missional projects across the diocese which are aimed at strategic growth for the common good. We pray that, if God is calling you to join us in his mission here, he will reveal this to you clearly as you consider this post.


The Bishop of Winchester