This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to lead this new benefice and develop its mission and ministry for the future. Exploring new ways of doing things while honouring what has gone before will be a key priority for you – and one requiring diplomacy and skill. Not all things need to be new, but many might be reimagined, and there are already good relationships to build on, from community groups to our local schools.
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, 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 to lead our team 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.
Closing date: 24 June 2021
Interviews: 14 & 15 July 2021
Any queries to the Archdeacon of Ashford’s PA, Louise Mills: firstname.lastname@example.org
For this role you'll be:
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.