As part of our strategy to provide more effective oversight across our huge Diocese, the Bishop is seeking to appoint an Archdeacon for the Archdeaconry of France.
The role is to support and nurture Anglican clergy and churches across France and Monaco. When the current Acting Archdeacon of Switzerland retires, it is intended that the territory will be extended to cover Switzerland. The role is full-time.
The work involves growing churches in start-up situations as well as established settings, recruiting and caring for our clergy, leading synods and liaising with other Christian churches. There is a particular missional requirement to create new communities in some of the major cities of France where we do not so far have a presence.
The post requires someone with a high degree of self-motivation and experience who will also work well as part of the Bishop’s Senior Staff and contribute to diocesan mission thinking and strategy. The post requires fluent communication skills in English and French (German would be an asset), excellent personal organisation and high resilience.
The person appointed will need to live in France.
Clergy recruitment and pastoral care
Experience, knowledge, training and qualifications
Aptitudes and abilities
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English Churches have been established on the Continent since at least the time of the Reformation. The Diocese in Europe was set up in 1980 to care for these churches, which now attract English speakers from many ethnic, territorial and ecclesial backgrounds. The diocese currently has two bishops and seven archdeaconries. Whilst the diocese has for most of its history been administered by seven clergy with part-time archidiaconal responsibility (usually linked to other roles), it was long our strategic objective to establish freestanding archidiaconal posts as funding allows. The funding for full-time archdeacon posts was provided by a new financial plan agreed at the 2018 Diocesan Synod. This is the third of three full-time archdeacon appointments.
The post covers a large geographic territory. We have more than 80 congregations in France. Our chaplaincies range from English ex-pat communities in rural areas to international congregations in major cities. Since our diocese operates outside England, large parts of the English administrative role of Archdeacon (such as administration of faculty jurisdiction and common tenure arrangements) do not apply. Instead, the Archdeacon has the challenge of providing and framing an Anglican ministry in the administrative and legal context of France and Monaco and where local knowledge of the Anglican tradition may be patchy.
The Chief Operating Officer (Diocesan Secretary), Andrew Caspari, is happy to answer questions about the role and any practical issues. email@example.com
Further details contact : The Diocesan Appointments’ Secretary Barbara Omoro Rue Capitaine Crespel 47/49 1050 Brussels, Belgium Or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org