Rector

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Eynsford with Farningham and Lullingstone
Clergy

Could you be called to be the next Rector of Eynsford, with Farningham and Lullingstone, to work with us in discerning and following God's call to worship and serve Him?

The Benefice comprises the villages of Eynsford and Farningham, and the ancient manor of Lullingstone. It is in the Diocese of Rochester and the Dean and Chapter of the Cathedral are the Patron of all three parishes.

The Rector will be supported by a Ministry Team and willing volunteers. The parishes have lively communities with a very wide range of activities.

We are located within the western tip of the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the heart of the Darent Valley, mid-way between the towns of Dartford and Sevenoaks. There are good road and rail connections.

Our Three Churches offer a diversity of worship styles which are a strength of our Benefice.

  • Eynsford’s re-ordered church is an adaptable setting for all-age Communion based on Common Worship.
  • Farningham offers Family Worship in both modern and traditional styles.
  • At Lullingstone the style is traditional with all main services based on the BCP.

We are praying for a Rector to lead us in fulfilling our Vision for Mission and Growth:

  • To build up Sunday services as the focus of our common life together
  • To grow church members as disciples through home groups and age appropriate groups for 0-18s.
  • To grow more leaders
  • To make the most of occasional offices as a means of connecting people with Jesus.
  • To bring more people to faith through better evangelism.

We are praying for a Rector of warmth and imagination to advise, guide and lead us on the path ahead; a Minister who:

  • Demonstrates depth and breadth of theological understanding and reflects this in lifestyle and teaching.
  • Is a spiritual leader of strong personal faith with prayer at the centre of life who values, lives by and teaches the Scriptures as the Word of God
  • Will respect and value the different traditions and outlook of each of the churches and support them in their mission to their communities, whilst building on the shared activities across the Benefice
  • Is open to the working and power of the Holy Spirit
  • A team builder who is hardworking and energetic
  • Is caring, empathetic, and able to develop ministry with both young and old within the church and the wider community.

Further information about the Diocese of Rochester can be found at: https://www.rochester.anglican.org/

Eynsford with Farningham and Lullingstone: http://www.efl-churches.org/

Patron: Rochester Cathedral

Applicants are encouraged to complete and submit their application online via Pathways. Should you have any queries, please contact Maria Campbell, PA to the Archdeacon of Tonbridge: maria.campbell@rochester.anglican.org.

Closing date for applications: Friday, 3rd July.

Provisional interview date: Wednesday, 29th July (dependent upon current COVID-19 related restrictions being eased sufficiently to allow face-to-face interviews).

Candidates invited for interview will also be invited to contact the parish to arrange an informal visit prior to the interview date.

This role is subject to an enhanced DBS, with barred list check.