Associate Rector and Congregational Pastor, St Nicholas, Sevenoaks

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Our vision is to know Jesus and make Him known locally and globally. And so we prayerfully and lovingly proclaim Him in order to Reach, Nurture, Equip and Send - for His glory.

Purpose of this position

Our vision is to lead St. Nicholas @ 9.15 to fulfil the Vision in the life of the Congregation.


The Congregational Pastor is responsible to the Rector of St. Nicholas with whom he shares the ‘cure of souls’ within the parish.

He acts as the leader of the St. Nicholas @ 9.15 Congregational Leadership team, works in close liaison with the Church Wardens and is ex-officio a member of the Parochial Church Council.

The four Congregational Pastors work as a team under the leadership of the Rector.


Full details of the responsibilities set out below can be found in the attached Job Description.

  • To maintain his own spiritual growth.
  • To develop and then hold the St. Nicholas @ 9.15 congregation to the St. Nicholas vision.
  • Working with the Rector and senior staff team to develop preaching and teaching programmes across the whole church for the year ahead.
  • To oversee and, with others, to develop:
    • the ministry of the Word of God
    • the ministry of prayer
    • the ministry of the sacraments of the Lord’s Supper and Baptism in the St. Nicholas @ 9.15 congregation
    • the ministry of the Nurture Groups for the St. Nicholas @ 9.15 congregation
    • across all congregations the ministry of pastoral care
  • To hold overall responsibility for the leading of the St. Nicholas @ 9.15 congregation.
  • To be primarily responsible for the line management of the other Congregational Pastors and certain members of the cross congregational ministry team.
  • To be responsible for recruiting (in consultation with the Rector) and leading the Congregational Leadership Team.
  • To develop lay ministry by overseeing the appointment, nurturing, management and equipping of lay leaders within the St. Nicholas @ 9.15 congregation.
  • To have due regard to all safeguarding guidance issued by the House of Bishops.
  • To engage effectively in the decision-making processes of the church.
  • To serve the parish by ensuring that Christ is proclaimed by word and deed.
  • To work with the church family to establish a self-supporting sister church outside the parish and / or strengthening other Anglican churches where there is a real need in line with the Vision.
  • To take proper care of himself and his family through adequate time for rest, recreation and family life as an example to others.

Person Specification

• An ordained Church of England minister who has a passion and love for Jesus with substantial experience of full time Christian ministry in parish or other relevant situation

• A spiritual and prayerful man of strong personal faith, who will engage with and inspire people of all ages and backgrounds

• A conservative evangelical, committed to the authority of scripture, with a passion for the gospel and for drawing people to the Lord Jesus Christ

• A teacher who faithfully and powerfully preaches God’s word and communicates clearly and effectively in a congregational setting, in small groups, in one-to-one settings and who is able to connect and interact with people of strong faith and none

• A humble leader who is enthusiastic about working collaboratively within the staff team, with the PCC and with other lay members of the church family

• A pastor who is friendly, approachable and compassionate, especially when dealing with the vulnerable and those in need of pastoral support

• A pastor who is passionate about mission and outreach, to help the congregation and church family to engage with those in our parish and beyond

• A leader who has the desire and ability to disciple and develop those in the church family

• A leader who is IT-literate and realistic about time management and work-life balance.

Further Information and Application/Interview Details

Closing date for applications: 31 May 2021

Interviews to be held on: 29 June 2021

Appointment to this role is subject to obtaining Enhanced DBS with barred list check.

Should you have any questions, please contact:

The Revd Canon Angus MacLeay (Rector):; or

Maria Campbell, EA to the Archdeacon of Tonbridge:

For further information about St Nicholas' Church, Sevenoaks, please see:

For further information about the Diocese of Rochester, please see:

The Diocese of Rochester is committed to the safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and adults. We will carefully select, train and support all those with any responsibility within the Church, in line with Safer Recruitment principles.