Team Rector of the Romney Marsh Benefice

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Romney Marsh

The benefice has been newly formed as a Team Ministry bringing together all the parishes of the unique Romney Marsh. This gives the opportunity to explore ministry to the area as a whole, using the gifts found across the parishes. The benefice is made up of two small towns (New Romney, where this post is based, and Lydd) and a number of villages and hamlets. There is a mix of seaside and rural, rich and disadvantaged, longstanding residents and newcomers. The churches have ministered faithfully but, like many in the Church of England, face the challenges of how to grow and lower the age profile, and bring the faith in ways that are relevant to today's needs while retaining the parishes' authenticity.

A key to this role will be how best to use the gifts God has given to the benefice, from the buildings to the skills of the many volunteers and ministers (lay and ordained), so that the ministry of the Church can be focused in ways that are needed in today's world.

The new Team Rector will be someone who can work collaboratively in developing the vision, and can enable others to use their skills together in delivering that vision. They will be able to delegate and encourage others while enabling change to happen, and so will need to have skills such as good communication, diplomacy and sensitivity. 

Closing date:25/9/2020

Interviews: 1/10/2020

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


The Benefice of The Romney Marsh is set in a unique part of south east England in the most southerly part of the Canterbury Diocese. It is a place of physical contrasts, with beautiful, sometimes wild landscapes, offering countryside and seaside, and areas of urban
development. We are working across the communities of this wonderful place to make God's love real and enlivening for all who live here. We need a person who is comfortable with a range of expressions of our faith who can lead us develop our ministry, engaging more with the Diocese's Changed Lives→Changing Lives programme.

The main responsibilities include:

  • sharing in the pastoral oversight of the benefice with the Team Vicar and the ministers of the parish
  • engaging further with the Changed Lives→Changing Lives programme and developing the benefice's strategy for mission
  • continuing our engagement with our schools
  • A strong, flexible, diplomatic and open-minded person of God who is ‘comfortable in their own skin’
  • Confident to pause, listen, delegate, identify and nurture the ministry of others
  • An able team manager and organiser
  • A pastor and diplomat
  • Someone who use the gifts given to us to inspire us in our work for God

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

Closing date 25th September and interviews held on 14th October.  Any queries please contact Louise Mills at


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.