Rector Sissinghurst with Frittenden

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Sissinghurst and Frittenden
Clergy

In the picturesque Weald of Kent, our two welcoming and active village churches are wanting to move forward together in broadening outreach to our communities, making known the good news of the gospel.

The villages are situated three miles from each other in the picturesque Weald of Kent. The
communities are a mix of farming, retired, professionals, including commuters to London,
and families who have been in the area for generations.

Frittenden and Sissinghurst Churches are blessed with cores of strong, committed and
prayerful Christians. We describe ourselves as dedicated, friendly, caring, and enthusiastic.
Although traditional and low church in our churchmanship, we are also evangelical in
wanting to reach out to our communities and are open minded about how to do this.
We are ambitious to moveforward and are keen to see our churches flourishing and further
engaging positively with the community.

We are involved in the Diocesan initiatives,‘Changed lives, changing lives’and hope to join the ‘Missional Learning Communities’ initiativewith our new Incumbent, to give
us the confidence and the toolsto make a difference.

    We are looking for our new Rector to:

    • Provide clear leadership grounded on a strong personal and corporate prayer life.
    • Provide concise, yet inspirational biblical preaching and teaching.
    • Be present and active in both local schools, as a foundation governor and in leading worship.
    • Be visible and present in both communities, recognising the value of pastoral visiting in rural villages.
    • Work with us to develop the vision of two parishes becoming one.
    • Be happy to lead traditional and contemporary forms of worship and be willing to try new approaches to connect with those who don’t normally come on a Sunday.

    What do we want our new Incumbent to do?
    • Provide clear, visible and prayerful leadership across the benefice, grounded on a strong personal and corporate prayer life.
    • Provide concise, yet inspirational biblical preaching and teaching based on a proven
    ability to connect, energise and encourage discipleship across a wide range of
    parishioners.
    • Be present and active in both local schools, as a foundation governor and in leading
    worship. To reach beyond the children to the parents and staff to strengthen links with
    the churches.
    • Be visible and present in both communities, recognising the value of pastoral visiting in
    rural villages and of being a tangible presence ready and willing to connect with all
    people. In particular, to reach out to the 30-50 age group and their families.
    • To develop the vision of two parishes working towards becoming one: challenge and
    inspire the team and release talent and resources to make this happen.

    CPAS is an evangelical patron with involvement in the appointment to 684 benefices. www.cpas.org.uk

    To view our microsite visit https://jobs.churchofengland.org/cpas/

    If you have any queries contact the patronage team at CPAS

    Kathy Burch kburch@cpas.org.uk

    The closing date for this post Midnight on 22 September

    Visits and interviews 23 and 24 October