Interim Minister (18-24 months) for The Hambleden Valley Group of Parishes

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This is an exciting opportunity for an interim minister to explore the best way of resourcing ministry and mission within the Benefice of the Hambleden Valley. We are open to fresh ways of working across parishes and within the Deanery. Our hope is for someone who is not just friendly and compassionate but also has the ambition and energy to set in motion a period of change leading to sustained growth. This is a unique opportunity for someone to act as a catalyst in creating a new, outward looking way forward for our Benefice.

Our mission Statement is ‘To see our lives and communities transformed by the love of God’

The congregations of the Hambleden Valley Group are seeking a gifted Interim Minister to lead the benefice over the next 18 months (with the potential to renew for a further 6 months). Working alongside an active house-for-duty priest, he or she will be an experienced pastor and strategic leader who will walk alongside the Valley Group and help it discern the best way to resource the life and mission of the Christian community in the Benefice.

We are looking for an interim minister for a period of about 18 months, who will support the parishes and benefice in offering experienced pastoral care and in addressing the future configuration of the Hambleden Valley Group and its resourcing for mission. We envisage the interim minister living, ideally, in the Rectory for the duration of this ministry.

We pray for a wise and forward looking leader who is:

  • experienced and skilled at team building and leadership;
  • able to diagnose a situation quickly, to develop actions and communicate them clearly;
  • able to challenge certain patterns of thinking when appropriate but remain open to new ideas from wherever they arise;
  • able to care for and nurture our communities;
  • self-aware with a healthy work-life balance.

The Hambleden Valley consists of a series of villages between Marlow and Henley rising from the River Thames into the Chiltern Hills. 30 miles west of London, the villages retain traditional rural life (reflected in services such as Tractor, Plough and Animal Sundays) with long-standing residents and families, with an increasing number of commuters and short-term tenancies. This is an area with beautiful conservation areas, attracting a large number of weekend visitors and regular media filming. The church community is very keen to engage with this changing demographic, one example being the well-developed marriage preparation courses.

Closing date: Thursday 29 October 2020
Interviews: Thursday 19 November 2020

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