Community Pastor (part time)

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Fixed Term Part Time

The Diocese of Rochester has received significant funding from the National Church to place three new employees in the vibrant and challenging parish of St Marks Gillingham. One of these is a Community Pastor. The Community Pastor will be responsible for outreach to and practical and pastoral care of the socially and economically disadvantaged.

This is an exciting opportunity to grow Gods Kingdom in a parish which endures great social challenge, but whose people display a stoicism and authenticity these combine to create a community which is, perhaps, surprisingly easy to love. The parish churches are energetic and defined by their active lay ministry.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Plan and establish of a worshipping community(ies) for marginalised, socially and economically isolated people, using the ‘Ignite’ model
  • Identify and develop opportunities for community-building and gospel sharing activities
  • Develop a suite of activities to engage people in the Christian faith in their homes or other venues, in small groups
  • Build relationships of trust with local people and organisations
  • Engage with local GPs and health commissioning bodies to explore social prescribing opportunities for outreach

Candidates will have experience of working with socially and economically isolated people in a church context, with and an understanding of their barriers to engagement. They will also have experience of working with small groups exploring faith and an ability to develop mutually beneficial partnerships with a variety of organisations.

Successful candidates should have:

  • A deep personal faith and ability to communicate it to others
  • Relevant theological knowledge
  • Experience of working with volunteers

The post holder will, at times, be the public face of the church in North Kent, it is considered that there is an Occupational Requirement (OR) for the postholder to be a communicant member of the Church of England, or of a Church in communion therewith or of a member Church of the Council of Churches for Britain and Ireland or of Churches Together in England, or of a member Church of the Evangelical Alliance.

Ordained and Lay applicants are welcome. We would encourage ordained candidates to contact us to discuss the terms of the contract before applying.

The appointment is subject to a satisfactory Enhanced DBS disclosure.

Closing date for applications: Friday 20th September 2019

Interviews will be held on:   Monday 7th October 2019