Interim Team Rector of Dover Town

Posted 1 month agoExpires in 10 days
Office Holder

This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to make a real difference in our Team Ministry. We want to hear from the right person who can:

  • Help us to clarify our collective vision and purpose.
  • Support us in processing issues which have been identified within the team (enabling us to move from woundedness to wellness)
  • Help us to recognise and rejoice in our difference and distinctiveness so they are seen as a strength within a common vision and purpose.
  • Offer some fresh leadership and insight as we develop our mission and ministry within the Team and Town.

Closing date:23 April 2021

Interviews: 13 May 2021

Any queries to the Archdeacon of Ashford’s PA, Louise Mills:

The is a three year interim post to help our five parishes work together more effectively in our ministry to the whole of Dover. The Interim post may be extendable to a further term of three years, if there is sufficient additional transition to complete. We reflect a wide range of traditions and histories which we want to bring together while acknowledging that we are each different. We've achieved much since the Team came into being in 2014 but we've not yet reached our full potential. The right person to be our Interim Team Rector will be someone who can enable this coming together, enable us to develop a unity of purpose and the means to take that vision forward.

Dover is a large town with many different social and cultural situations. It can be a challenging place but it is also an exciting place with a lot of potential. We feel our faith can make a real difference to the town - and we want to be the best we can to share that.

We are looking for someone who:

  • Is a strategic thinker, with experience of managing change in church (or other) settings, who can work effectively through the Interim Ministry process to achieve healthy transition.
  • Is spiritually mature, with the confidence and understanding to work across a range of church traditions
  • Is insightful, sensitive and willing to help people explore challenges and work through them together
  • Is a collaborative and inclusive priest capable of giving and sharing leadership, nurturing disciples and encouraging lay leadership.
  • Can build and support the development of partnerships across the town, both in other churches and the wider community.

As well as a stipend (currently £27,000) and housing, we will offer the necessary support to enable the right candidate to lead effective change, including regular supervision/support meetings with senior colleagues, and additional training or input to ensure your well-being and self-care.

For more information about this application process, please use this link

For clarity, 'Interim Team Rector' is an informal title reflecting the responsibility of the role. In legal terms, the post is Priest-in-Charge and is designated as an Interim post in accordance with the guidance for Interim posts pursuant to Regulation 29 (1) (j) and (7B) of the Regulations because of the particular pastoral needs of the Dover Town Benefice.

Who we are

Founded in 597 by St Augustine, Canterbury Diocese is the oldest diocese in England and has a special place in the life of the national and worldwide Church. With its iconic Cathedral it forms a focal point for the life of the whole Anglican Communion, offering a spiritual home and place of pilgrimage for people from every nation and walk of life.

Kent is renowned as the ‘Garden of England’ and this rural heart is core to our identity – yet the communities we serve are very diverse. Our Diocese stretches from Maidstone to Thanet, from the Isle of Sheppey to the Romney Marsh. We have 350 miles of coastline with historic ports and seaside resorts, alongside rural communities, market towns and commuter-belt urban developments. Affluent areas often sit alongside pockets of major deprivation, offering an exciting and challenging mission context.

Changed Lives→Changing Lives is more than a strategy strap line, it challenges all of the activities within our diocesan life – from our prayer practices to our public statements to the discernment of gifts to the use of our resources. We are invited to discern God’s activity in our unique place and thus be changed, personally and corporately, by God. This is manifest as we work in partnership to be life changing communities, compelled by the love of Christ. If our prayer and worship, social action and learning, our community building and mission are to mean anything of lasting value, it is when they enable transformation – conversion of life, life in all its abundance.

Where we are heading

At the heart of all we do is a vision of transformation for ourselves and our communities: no one can encounter God and remain unchanged. Increasingly, in our diocese, we want to become a Christian community transformed through encounter with Christ, overflowing to transform and bless the families, homes and communities we serve in Kent. In your role, in your place, we will be looking for you to join in with what God is already dong and play a crucial part in making this vision a reality.

Changed Lives→Changing Lives unites us in purpose but will be expressed in different ways according to what makes sense for different parts of our diocesan family. It is also a living strategy – as we listen to God and one another, the shape of our work together will undoubtedly change and grow. Could you help to develop this vision for the future? Find out more here.