Team Rector - Dover Town Team Ministry

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Dover is a large town with many different social and cultural situations. It can be a challenging place but it is also an exciting place with a lot of potential.

  • Do you have a heart for working with people from all walks of life?
  • Are you passionate about reaching out to those on the fringe and those who don’t know church at all?

Then this could be just the right place for you. We're looking for someone with a heart for a place like Dover and is passionate for the Gospel for all. Our new Team Rector will be a team player who thrives on working with a range of people and appreciate all that the various traditions of the Church can offer.

Closing date: 26/06/2020

Interviews: 17/07/2020 (In light of the Coronavirus situation, interviews may take place by video conference or be delayed)

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

Dover is a town where much is held together - sometimes in tension! From heritage to the challenges of places with social deprivation, from regeneration to the traditional, this is a place where the Church has much to engage with and to show God's love in action.

As the town changes, so does the Church. The Team Ministry expanded in 2019 and is discovering new ways of ministering across Dover and developing the Town Team Vision: first to be spiritually fruitful, to follow Christ and be his disciples; second, we want our churches to work together in their unique ways to show our love for our God, our neighbours and our community. That will involve inspiring worship; deepening faith; persistent prayer; mutual care and reaching out with Jesus’ love to those in need.

  • To head up the ministry team and discern ways of developing ministry and mission within the Dover Town Team.
  • To work across the team building up connections and increasing a sense of relationship between worshipping communities.
  • To have pastoral responsibility for St Mary’s church.
  • To participate fully in all aspects of the collegiate ministry of the Dover Town Team, The Dover Deanery and our Diocese.
  • To take full advantage of opportunities for personal and professional development.
  • To engage fully with the Diocesan vision: Changed Lives>Changing Lives.

We are looking for someone who:

  • Is friendly and approachable.
  • Has a heart for God’s word and living as part of the body of Christ.
  • Is a good communicator.
  • Is committed to leading the Dover Town Team, allowing time for stable relationships to grow so that positive foundations can be set re mission and ministry.
  • Is comfortable offering pastoral care in a range of situations.
  • Can engage with various styles of worship. Encouraging each tradition to explore expressions that engage and support new and current worshippers.
  • Is able to deal with the inclusive and the conservative theological perspectives embraced by the faith communities within the town.

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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.