Associate Vicar

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St. Mary Bredin, 59 Nunnery Fields, Canterbury

St Mary Bredin is a growing church with a vision to be a Resource Church, by ‘being Holy and being a Blessing’.  With growth into ‘Large Church’ and with the vision to be a Resource Church there continues to be a need to develop training in spiritual leadership, especially among our newer members, and to produce Christian leaders for the future.



We are looking to appoint an Associate Vicar with a clear gift for discipling and teaching: a ‘congregational trainer’ who will help our members to ‘be Holy and be a Blessing’.

The need for an Associate Vicar arises from the recognition that the role of Vicar in a ‘Large’ church becomes too much for one person to carry, hence why this is an associate ‘Vicar’ and not a second Curacy. Though the Vicar continues to hold the senior leadership position of Incumbent, and the ultimate legal, pastoral and ministerial responsibility for the church, the Associate is there to help carry the load, so that the church’s capacity to grow is not stunted by the capacity of the Vicar.

The role of any Vicar includes the care of both the individuals in the church and the health and direction of the corporate body of the church. In other words, the role involves the discipleship and pastoral care of the congregation as well as the setting and directing of the church’s mission and outreach; the Vicar being both Pastor and Leader.



  • To work closely with the Vicar, the Leadership Team and PCC in the ongoing leadership, management and governance of the church.
  • To help manage the running of the Sunday programme day to day.
  • To teach and lead at services regularly.
  • To oversee, facilitate and resource our Fellowship Group network.
  • To oversee, develop and teach at the discipleship courses at the church.
  • To identify, develop and release leadership in the church.
  • Other tasks including playing an appropriate part in the life of the deanery and wider diocese.

We seek an Associate Vicar who has:

  • A deep, mature and tested relationship with God.
  • A commitment to continued shaping by God, through Scripture, prayer and the work of the Holy Spirit.
  • A commitment to the authority of Scripture.
  • A passion for Fellowship and Christ’s church.
  • Leadership and Teaching Gifts