The Bishop of Buckingham and Eton College wish to appoint a Rector to the United Benefice of Farnham Royal with Hedgerley. We seek a prayerful, mission-hearted, community-focused Rector for this benefice of three churches.
Our new Rector will support and lead us to:
The benefice of Farnham Royal and Hedgerley is an interesting and challenging post for a priest who is community-focused with a heart for mission.
The vacancy has been a time of reflection and opportunity, and the churches have made some significant steps forward in this time. They have developed a Mission Action Plan in line with the diocesan vision to be a more Christ-like church for the sake of God’s world, and they are willing to work towards making their vision a reality. The lay leadership team within the benefice has grown and been strengthened, and the recently started drop-in coffee morning at Costa is thriving. Planning permission has been granted to redevelop the Brian Jubb Hall, adjacent to St John’s Church Farnham Common, and to the current Rectory. The project should be self-funding. These plans have been paused during the vacancy and it would be encouraging and helpful to see the plans realised in the near future.
There is huge enthusiasm for mission and growth in these churches and much willingness to change. A primary focus for their new incumbent will be to focus their passion and to help them work together to realise their vision for the future. The successful candidate will have experience in leadership and change management and will have a heart for enabling strong and committed lay leadership to flourish.
For a priest committed to the diocesan vision of becoming a more Christ-like Church for the sake of God’s World – more contemplative, more compassionate, and more courageous – this is an exciting challenge to harness the energy of these three churches and focus them for the furtherance of God’s mission in these communities.
For further details or an informal conversation please contact
The Area Dean, Canon Rod Cosh (01753 681432) or The Archdeacon of Buckingham, The Ven Guy Elsmore (01865 208266)
We are looking for someone who:
in Preaching and Teaching:
The person we find to fulfil this role will:
For more information about this application process, please use this link
The Diocese of Oxford is the administrative area of the Church of England covering the three counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.
Closing date: Midnight Sunday 1st September 2019
Interview date: Monday 23rd September 2019
Enhanced DBS disclosure required.