Vicar, Reading Minster Church of St Mary the Virgin

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Reading, Berkshire

Vicar, Reading Minster Church of St Mary the Virgin

The Reading Minster Church of St Mary the Virgin is right in the heart of Reading: between shopping areas to the north and east, borough council buildings to the south and law courts to the west. Although the residential footprint of the parish is very small, the number of housing units within our parish will increase within the next few years.

As well as serving a core and culturally diverse congregation, widely drawn from Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, we welcome passers-by during both our daytime opening hours and in engaging with the night-time economy on a Friday and Saturday night.


This full-time role offers the opportunity to be a visionary leader for the people and the town of Reading. 

If you feel God's calling to this ministry, please read on.


In recent years, our church has experienced a positive change of pace, engagement and ambition and we are looking to sustain our momentum. Bringing this all together calls for a steward, strategist and leader who can:

  • Value and develop the traditional and Benedictine principals of prayer and hospitality woven into the heritage of the Minster and discern ways in which it can be as relevant now as throughout its history.
  • Continue to build relationships with other churches, denominations and faith communities.
  • Represent the Minster in building civic society, engaging with the local authority, commercial and business communities, and arts organisations and local charities.
  • Preach in a variety of contexts.
  • Work collaboratively with the clergy team in maintaining the existing high standard of liturgy, pastoral care and preaching in a variety of contexts.
  • Encourage and nurture faith.
  • Be aware of the opportunities to connect through social media and video communications.
  • Maintain and develop existing relationships with the clergy, verger and other operational staff.
  • Lead, develop and affirm a culture of inclusion. 

We are looking for someone who has missional imagination and creativity, a passion for social justice, a strategic mind, with a pastoral heart and the following personal qualities:

  • Ability to look at the bigger picture with imagination.
  • Willing to share ministry and offer leadership and support to the team.
  • Confidence to engage with civic business and faith leaders.
  • Compassion, but also strength and courage to challenge where needed.
  • Approachable & welcoming.
  • Respectful & Innovative.
  • High standards for themselves and others, with an attention to detail.

Our Mission

In the context of an urban Minster in a progressive and modern town: to live out our Benedictine heritage as a place of prayer and hospitality, brining the light of God and salvation in Jesus Christ to all-comers - whether to our regular congregation or to the passer-by who needs refuge, or to the business community that surrounds us.

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