Associate Priest

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We seek an Associate Priest to join our Abbey team and share significant leadership responsibility with our Vicar as we work creatively together to develop our mission in a changing and expanding town. This is a new post made possible by a pastoral reorganisation in Romsey Deanery. It is an exciting time to join us with a relatively new Abbey team and a collective desire to build on strong foundations and enable new growth. As a key leader of our Abbey team, you will play a full part in all areas of ministry and mission serving the wider town and Deanery and contributing to our emerging vision for the future.

We are a single parish with two church buildings: the 12th Century Romsey Abbey and the 19th Century St. Swithun’s Crampmoor, situated in the heart of the beautiful Test Valley and market town of Romsey.  We sit at the centre of a predominantly rural Deanery and serve a growing population that spans both areas of affluence and significant deprivation. Romsey is set to see a further 1300 dwellings in the Whitenap Housing development on the edge of the town. We are a people-focussed, outward looking church seeking to be at the heart of the community. Our faith and outlook is inclusive, broad, sacramental, affirming of women’s and lay ministry and open to all. We have a large worshipping community and flourishing liturgical and choral tradition where the Eucharist is celebrated daily. We are excited by the challenges and opportunities facing us and share a genuine desire to seek new and creative ways of engaging those parts of our communities not currently reflected in our congregations. 

We play a full and active part in Romsey Deanery and Winchester Diocese and have a fruitful working relationship with Churches Together in Romsey. The Abbey is a focal point for the wider town and actively supports our local communities and civic life. We have a special relationship with Romsey Abbey CE(A) Primary School and significant opportunities to work with the many other primary and secondary schools in and around Romsey. Our desire is to journey together in faith, listen with open hearts, respond with imagination, and act under the guidance of the Holy Spirit to enable the good news of Jesus Christ to flourish in our communities today.


Our Vision and Priorities

We recently completed a listening and discerning process which involved the whole parish. This was followed by a discernment day on 15th June 2019 which gave us an honest look at ourselves, both strengths and weaknesses. Out of this emerged a number of themes considered important which have given shape to our parish mission action plan. (A copy of the discernment day themes is in the appendix). Although our parish mission action plan is due to be completed by 31st October 2019 the objectives we are looking at are: 

1. To provide more opportunities for people to discover and grow in faith and live out their Christian calling.

2. While rooted in the Anglican choral and liturgical tradition, to diversify our worship creating further opportunities to engage families, young people and the missing generation.

 a. We are planning to introduce an additional weekly contemporary service

 b. We are considering an alternative monthly service with a focus on music and the sacred space   of the Abbey.

3. To use our resources to support social action and environmental projects in the local community and wider world.

4. To improve our church buildings to facilitate our future mission plans and preserve our heritage for future generations.

5. To review the structure and focus of our governance.

6. To improve our communication and welcome as a major church venue within the parish and wider town.


Closing date: 30 September 2019 at 12 noon (please note any applications submitted after midday will not be accepted)

Visit and interviews: 21-22 October 2019


As a key leader of our Abbey team, you will play a full part in all areas of ministry and mission serving the wider town and Deanery and contributing to our emerging vision for the future.

Having the flexibility to respond to the outcomes of our parish mission action plan, you will use your gifts to develop specific areas of responsibility and oversight. These could particularly include:

1. Developing our engagement with the ‘missing generation’ in our churches and the community 

2. Working with a team to develop new worship including the introduction of an additional weekly contemporary service

3. Helping to grow and integrate our ministry with young people including primary and secondary schools and young adults

4. Developing opportunities for discipleship and nurture from enquirers through to those growing in and exploring lay and ordained vocations 

5. In collaboration with the Vicar, sharing responsibility for the management of key staff.

After an initial settling in period of 6 months there will be a review with the Vicar and Wardens to agree the range of specific responsibilities and outcomes for this role.

  • Have an excitement about their faith and be able to lead choral and sacramental worship prayerfully and confidently
  • Value the richness of Anglican choral and liturgical spirituality whilst having a creative and pioneering spirit
  • Be an innovative and independent thinker, who will contribute ideas and initiatives
  • be able to nurture faith and discipleship, particularly amongst younger generations
  • be committed to encouraging church growth with experience of creative ways of engaging an increasingly diverse and secular community
  •  offer clear leadership to others but also lead with and through others, building effective teams, discerning gifts, and delegating appropriately to encourage their growth
  • Be an approachable, empathetic and  active listener; skilled in assessing pastoral need and providing an appropriate response
  • Be a well organised, confident user of IT who will self-manage and prioritise their workload effectively, maintaining a good work/life balance




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