Rector of Bethersden with High Halden and Woodchurch

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In attractive rural Kent, the Benefice of Bethersden, High Halden and Woodchurch is
looking to build for the future.

With strong teams of volunteers, collaboration with the neighbouring parishes of Biddenden and Smarden, and willingness to explore new ways of worship, we are looking for a Rector to work with us and explore the opportunities before us.

Closing date: 12/06/2020

Interviews: 02/07/2020

Any queries to the Archdeacon of Ashford’s PA, Louise Mills:

In line with the Diocese of Canterbury’s ‘Changed Lives> Changing Lives’ strategy, we have a vision of our churches growing numerically and spiritually, showing God’s love by performing a central role in our villages, building partnerships that enrich our communities, supporting people in their times of need and celebrating joyous occasions.
We just need the right leader to help us fulfil the dream!

We are seeking an incumbent with strong interpersonal and pastoral skills, to lead and
develop ministry in the churches and in the community. Our Benefice is looking to embrace and support a Rector who:

  • Is a leader and inspires others with their own love of God and will enrich the spiritual life of our churches.
  • Is a creative thinker and strategic planner who will further develop our churches’ community engagement and mission priorities.
  • Is a creative liturgist who will honour traditional services whilst helping us to explore new ways of worshipping across the Benefice.
  • Will embrace our communities and crucially be a visible presence in our villages and recognise and encourage the needs of the young.
  • Is interested in people and has experience motivating people in their gifts and ministries.
  • Is prepared to be ex-officio governor supporting our church schools.

For more information about this application process, please use this link

Founded in 597 by St Augustine, Canterbury Diocese is the oldest diocese in England and has a special place in the life of the national and worldwide Church. With its iconic Cathedral it forms a focal point for the life of the whole Anglican Communion, offering a spiritual home and place of pilgrimage for people from every nation and walk of life.

The County of Kent is renowned as the ‘Garden of England’ and this rural heart is core to our identity - yet the communities we serve are very diverse. Situated in East Kent, our Diocese stretches from Maidstone to Thanet, from the Isle of Sheppey to the Romney Marsh. We have 350 miles of coastline with historic ports and seaside resorts, alongside rural communities, market towns and commuter-belt urban developments. Affluent areas often sit alongside pockets of major deprivation, offering an exciting and challenging mission context.

At the heart of all we do is a vision of transformation for ourselves and our communities: no one can encounter God and remain unchanged. In the Diocese of Canterbury, we want to increasingly become a Christian community transformed through encounter with Christ, growing and overflowing to transform and bless the families, homes and communities we serve in East Kent: Changed Lives, Changing Lives.