Chaplaincy of St Marc’s, Grenoble, France

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Centre Oecuménique St Marc 6 Avenue Malherbe

Chaplain of Grenoble, in the Archdeaconry of France, in the Church of England Diocese in Europe. The Area Dean and the Archdeacon of France are the initial points of contact for the clergy. The Bishop of the Diocese is the lead Bishop for France. The Intercontinental Church Society is also involved in the appointment and is a further source of support.

A retired priest with Permission to Officiate, the Revd Alan Golton, helps, and is a co-opted member of the Chaplaincy Council.

A French Reformed Church armed forces Chaplain worships with us and helps as he can, but will leave in 2019.

The Churchwardens are Mr David Bailey and Mr Eric Enoghayiagbon. They and other active members undertake a number of administrative tasks, run a children’s programme alongside services, run sub-committees of the Council and lead our music.

To fulfil the calling and responsibilities of the clergy as described in the Canons, the Ordinal, the Code of Professional Conduct for the Clergy, and other relevant legislation. To collaborate with the Bishops, Archdeacon, Area Dean and any ordained and lay colleagues in any initiative within the Diocese, Archdeaconry and Deanery. To develop the local church’s mission. To ensure the provision of a high standard of worship, preaching and pastoral care.

  • To help discern and implement God’s will for our Church
  • To live out the Christian faith in a way that reveals Christ to others
  • To help us reach out to those around us, particularly to English-speakers
  • To preach, teach, and apply the Christian message, based firmly on Scripture
  • To encourage evangelism
  • To encourage members to use their God-given talents
  • To develop more home-based Bible-study groups
  • To have a flexible approach to worship, given the background of our congregation
  • To demonstrate a loving and sensitive approach to people and offer a warm welcome to everybody who comes to St Marc’s
  • To have a pastoral concern for all the members, which includes making visits to their homes
  • Fluency in the French language or a willingness to work towards it
  • Experience in working overseas or in a multicultural setting would be a definite asset
  • Patience and a sense of humour would also be very welcome!


Applicants for the post should

  • Have been ordained priest within the Church of England, or a Church in communion with it, or a Church whose orders it recognises
  • Have satisfactorily completed Initial Ministerial Education
  • Be willing to engage in ongoing continuing ministerial development appropriate for this post
  • Be able to demonstrate a capacity to exercise priestly and pastoral ministry at incumbent status


Candidates equipped for the role will be able to demonstrate experience and understanding in the following areas:

  • Equipping and supporting people in developing their talents
  • The opportunities and difficulties of ministry in a foreign country
  • Leading and sharing ministry with a team of ordained and lay people
  • Working with people of different nationalities, cultures & traditions
  • Reaching out to those outside the church
  • Working with students & young people
  • Willingness to accept our present diversity of worship, given the background of our congregation

Knowledge, skills and competencies

Suitable candidates will be able to demonstrate that they possess knowledge, skills and competencies as follows.

  • Working with others – especially our ecumenical partners
  • Leadership skills and an ability to motivate church members
  • Encouraging lay participation in the life of the church
  • Developing and sustaining home-based Bible-study groups
  • Fluency in the French language, or a willingness to work towards this
  • Computer skills, including PowerPoint for presentation of worship & preaching

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