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Brighstone Isle of Wight
The West Wight Mission Community has the potential for leading the way in enabling rural parishes to flourish and further develop the model of shared ministry as set out in the Archdeaconry and West Wight rural parishes plan.
The West Wight Mission Community is in one of the most beautiful parts of the South Coast and is made up of rural communities, small towns and villages. There are many different aspects of life which are enriched in the summer months by many holiday visitors.
Our mission strategy in the Diocese of Portsmouth is to Live: Pray: Serve. Believing in Jesus Christ as the source of our hope and salvation, we are called to:
Live our lives in ways that are formed by his life, death, resurrection, ascension, and coming again.
Pray, on our own and together in community.
Serve the people among whom we live and work, caring for young and old, strong and weak, rich and poor.
We want others to join us and to grow in depth, impact, and number, so that more people love the Lord their God with all their heart, mind, soul, and strength; more people love their neighbours as themselves; and more people join us in going out to make new disciples and to make disciples of all nations. The Isle of Wight deanery has a plan called ‘IsleLead’ which places this vision in the context of the Island and we are looking for a priest who can lead the West Wight Mission Community in working this out in their particular rural and seaside location.
The West Wight Mission Community group of parishes is at present formed of two groups: the Brighstone and Shalfleet Group (the Rural Parishes - eight churches); and the Freshwater, Yarmouth and Totland Bay group of Parishes (popularly known locally as ‘the FYT group of Parishes’ - four churches as Freshwater has two), the latter overseen by a full time Team Vicar who will work closely with the Team Rector. These historical groupings are based on logical geographical factors relating to the lie of the land, population concentrations and road communications.
The Brighstone and Shalfleet Rural Parishes are led by the Team Rector who is supported by a number of voluntary lay leaders and it is to this post we are recruiting.
TheTeam Rector will lead and develop the church in West Wight together with the Team Vicar. S/he will have a particular focus on the Group of eight Rural Parishes - the Brighstone and Shalfleet Group - as this will be the primary area of day to day working for the new Rector, continuing to develop the excellent progress already made during the last two years by the previous Rector towards their mission objective.
Resident in Brighstone, the Team Rector will be the inspirational leader and teacher of the whole West Wight Mission Community with a specific focus on the Rural Ministry Team in this group, directing the Administrator, developing the ministry to children and young people while providing ministry and oversight, with the Team Vicar, to the foundation governors of the four Church of England Primary Schools in the West Wight.
- to be a visible sign of Christ’s presence in the wider community, preaching the faith to build up the body of Christ;
- identify with the Diocesan Strategy of Live, Pray, Serve, working with Island colleagues in developing the local mission plans and encouraging generosity in giving;
- share in developing an effective ministry in the schools of the group, ensuring the highest protection of children and vulnerable adults in accordance with Diocese protocols and guidelines;
- maintain a discipline of prayer and study rooted in Christ.
We seek a gifted priest to help the community recover from the global pandemic; one who recognises the Church faces challenging times with exciting opportunities ahead. The person appointed will lead the shaping of mission and ministry alongside lay leadership, a full time stipendiary Team Vicar colleague and a part time House for Duty priest (yet to be appointed) together with a paid administrator.
We pray the successful applicant is bold, courageous, pioneering, resourceful, collaborative and generous in their ministry to us.
About the Diocese of Portsmouth
Founded relatively recently, in 1927, the Diocese of Portsmouth combines very diverse communities, ranging from densely populated and relatively deprived city and coastal areas to very rural areas. The Diocese of Portsmouth is one of 41 dioceses in the Church of England and geographically is one of the smaller dioceses covering 408 square kilometres with a population of 766,000.
Portsmouth Diocese has
- 172 churches
- 139 parishes (in south-east Hampshire and the Isle of Wight)
- 163 clergy posts (of which 52 are self-supporting)
- 72 licensed lay ministers
- 13,500 weekly worshippers
- 41 C of E schools
- 4 academies
- 6 affiliated schools
in 4 distinct communities:
- The Isle of Wight
- The city of Portsmouth and island of Portsea
- The A3(M)/M27 corridor (Gosport, Fareham and Havant)
- The rural areas around Petersfield, East Meon, and Bishop’s Waltham
Our Bishop, the Rt Rev Christopher Foster, is the ninth Bishop of Portsmouth, and was welcomed into our diocese in September 2010. There are no suffragan bishops.
To read a copy of the Parish Profile (which includes the Isle of Wight Deanery plan), click on the link above.
For an informal conversation about the role, please contact the Archdeacon of the Isle of Wight, the Ven Peter Leonard on 01983 884432 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for applications: January 3rd 2021
Interview date: January 13th 2021
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