Priest in Charge

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Our stunning coastal Parish on the edge of the New Forest is prayerfully seeking an empathetic, outgoing, experienced leader who will relish the opportunities presented by our two active churches and busy villages.

The Parish of Milford on Sea (population 6,100) comprises the villages of Milford and Everton and the hamlets of Keyhaven and Lymore. It is situated between Southampton and Bournemouth on the edge of the New Forest with the attractive market town of Lymington just 4 miles away. New housing development is adding to our mission opportunity. Milford and Everton, each with their own church, are separated from each other by an area of greenbelt. The parish benefits from an influx of visitors, especially in the summer, thanks to its beautiful coastline and situation on the doorstep of the New Forest National Park. Milford Village Green, surrounded by a variety of independent shops, cafes, pubs and great restaurants is a natural focus of this busy coastal village with its many clubs and societies catering for all ages and interests. The Green is the venue for many annual events and festivals, as is the community centre.

Our Vision and Priorities

We need a pioneering imaginative, wise leader to galvanise us into action so that we will see both spiritual and numerical growth.

We seek a Christ-centred, Spirit led, Bible-based, experienced, empathetic, socially confident and mission-focussed leader who can listen, discern and compassionately inspire change for the next stage of our journey.

Our vision is to be a thriving, accepting yet challenging Christian family, guided by the Holy Spirit, sharing love and fellowship within our churches and active community so we:

  • ‘know Jesus better’ - growing in God through our prayer life, deepening our Bible knowledge and building on our sense of unity and preparedness for change
  • ‘make Jesus better known’ – in imaginative and creative ways, growing in relationships and outreach, actively seeking opportunities to love and serve our neighbours.

Our future leader will help develop a coherent and challenging strategy for us to:

  • develop our pastoral teams and outreach opportunities to build relationships outside church
  • become a diverse growing congregation, resolving the low numbers of young families and appealing to the many older people in our villages who have felt threatened by modern forms of worship
  • offer inspiring worship with both traditional and modern expressions using our varied musical gifts to enhance our services.
  • disciple, motivate and inspire the congregations to discern and deploy their spiritual gifts in active service
  • encourage more leaders


For an informal conversation, please contact The Ven Dr Peter Rouch, Archdeacon of Bournemouth on: 01962 710960

Closing date: 19 November 2019

Visit and interviews: 9-10 December 2019

An enhanced DBS is required

Our Parish is seeking a warm, confident and outgoing Priest in Charge, who relishes the opportunities of our lively village communities and their two active churches. We are praying for a Christian leader who will build on our existing strengths and work with us to shape vision, and carry forwards coherent plans to develop our mission and life.

Please refer to the role description on pages 12-13 of the profile.

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 you to join us in his mission here, he will reveal this to you clearly as you consider this post.