Chaplain – part time

Posted 9 days agoExpires in 1 year
Church of the Resurrection, Bucharest, Romania
Clergy

As the Church of the Resurrection cannot support a full time Chaplain, we are looking to appoint a part time chaplain for a three-year period. They must be a person who has an interest in the region and who in the immediate short term is able to foster and develop the life and welfare of the Church. This may lead to a stipendiary appointment if enough funding can be arranged.

The Chaplain must be ecumenical and approachable outgoing and with at least 10 years parish experience. The parish experience should be thorough and of a detailed and practical nature. The chaplain must accept that most members of the church hold down full-time employment in Romania and therefore cannot supply the assistance that would be available in a more developed church. They will have to be resourceful and be prepared to do many of the jobs that they might have found done by other persons in their previous appointments. They must be people focused not church focused.

The appointment would be a part time chaplain who would be available at weekends for services and who would also be available for a limited number of other days to develop the Church life as discussed and agreed with the Church.

Roles, tasks, challenges, committees specific to this post:

  • To celebrate one Sunday Eucharist (including a sermon)
  • To lead special services such as at Easter and Christmas and other times as agreed
  • To provide special services such as baptisms, weddings and funerals
  • Pastoral visiting of those on the Electoral Roll, especially the sick and needy, and taking Holy Communion as required
  • To support fund raising and social events
  • To be willing to explore the provision of alternative forms of service occasionally (eg Children’s services)
  • To be open and active in promoting dialogue and joint services /events with churches of different denominations
  • To lead the chaplaincy to become an ECO Church
  • To lead lay training programs and Bible study courses
  • To encourage and facilitate the maintaining of the Sunday School
  • To chair the "Friends of Holy Trinity"

Qualifications/ Training:

Essential:

  • Be an ordained priest of the Church of England or a church in full communion with the Church of England
  • Have at least 10 years’ experience
  • Prior knowledge of the Romanian language is not required

Experience:

Candidates equipped for the role will be able to demonstrate experience and understanding in the following areas:

Essential:

  • Ecumenical and used to running a parish/chaplaincy
  • At least 10 years parish experience
  • Be approachable and outgoing and able to deal with people from different cultures, backgrounds, financial resources and education

Knowledge, Skills and Competencies:

Candidates will be able to demonstrate that they possess knowledge, skills and competencies as follows:

Essential:

  • Experience should be thorough and of a detailed and practical nature
  • Be people and community-focused not ‘system’-focused

Desirable:

  • Able in the immediate/short term to foster and develop the life and welfare of the Church
  • Bible focused in teaching and approach
  • Able to deal with children and young people
  • Musical -a little

General Attributes:

Essential:

  • Be resourceful and be prepared to do many of the jobs that they might have found done by other persons in their previous appointments
  • Able to counsel members of the congregation and others who may drop into the Church
  • House pastoral visits would be as required

Desirable:

  • Applicants should have an interest in the region

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History

There have been Anglican Chaplains in Bucharest since 1868. The present church building was constructed some years after the marriage of Princess Marie, the granddaughter of Queen Victoria, to Crown Prince Ferdinand of Romania. Design and construction work commenced in 1913, but the building was only partially completed by 1914 when World War I held-up further development. The first recorded service was not until April 1920, and the church building was dedicated in 1922. The ground on which the church building stands is currently owned by the British Government, although the Government makes no financial contribution to either the maintenance or ongoing ministry of the church. Discussions are in hand to pass the land into the ownership of the church.