The Mission to Seafarers
Title: Port Chaplain Antwerp and Assistant Priest St Boniface Antwerp
Location: The role is located in the Port of Antwerp and Parish of St Boniface.
Salary: The salary for the role is €22,000.
Benefits include accommodation, vehicle, pension and health insurance cover. Are you a highly motivated ordained priest seeking a new challenge? We would love to hear from you. This exciting post will direct the Mission to Seafarers ministry to seafarers in Europe’s second largest port in Antwerp and serve as Assistant Priest at St Boniface Church.
For an application pack contact Julie Lewars on +44 0207 246 2940 E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for applications: 12 noon on Friday 9 July 2021
Registered charity no. 112361
Knowledge and Skills:
• This role combines work in the Port of Antwerp and work at St Boniface Antwerp. The Mission to Seafarers is an Anglican Mission. Ordained applicants (priests) should have served at least three years in Anglican orders. Candidates will be expected to assist in the work of St Boniface and should be able to work collaboratively with the local MtS committee, which is largely comprised of congregation members from St Boniface, Antwerp.
• A committed ecumenist, able to work with all traditions of the church and to lead occasional services for seafarers, provide pastoral care and teach and preach when required. • An effective communicator with well-developed listening skills and the ability to demonstrate sound judgement and sensitivity.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to establish rapport and develop relationships quickly.
• Full, clean driving licence.
• Ability to manage a range of different projects and initiatives, and to work with minimal day to day supervision but as part of a regional team.
• Able to recruit and manage volunteers and interns especially university students.
• Able to lead local fundraising activities and make grant applications where necessary.
• Ability to speak Dutch or the willingness to learn. The candidate will be expected to take classes in Dutch if the language is not spoken. This is compulsory and a condition of the Belgian Govt. stipend which funds the position.
• Ability to use a computer, laptop and iPad and various software programmes such as Word and the willingness to learn how to use in-house IT programmes.
• Empathy, vision and the determination to work to propagate the purpose of The Mission to Seafarers.
• A highly motivated self-starter, responsible, pioneering, and able to work under own initiative and unsupervised. • Collaborative and inclusive, prepared to work as part of an ecumenical team and with people from all walks of life.
• Culturally aware with the ability to relate easily to people from many different countries. 9
• Flexible in approach with the ability to adapt quickly and function well in unfamiliar environments.
• Resilience and an ability to remain calm and deliberate in emergency situations.
Founded in 1856, the purpose of The Mission to Seafarers (MtS) is to share God’s love and grace with seafarers by caring for them in the many difficult and challenging circumstances they encounter. Our ministry is wide ranging with an emphasis on compassionate, practical action and an absolute commitment to working with those of all faiths and nationalities, always with the deepest sensitivity and respect. We currently have a presence in over 200 ports in 50 countries. Our core values are based on Christian principles. They explain how we work and embody our ambition and commitment to focus on the way we care for seafarers and their families and those who work for our organisation. They also stress the importance of the widest possible partnership and collaboration to the benefit of seafarers and their families. • Pioneering: Being open to God’s leading, we encourage innovative thinking and seek to be flexible and entrepreneurial in our ways of working. • Inclusive: We are unconditionally committed to the support of all seafarers and their families without discrimination. • United: We are one global, intergenerational, multicultural family united in vision and purpose, while respecting diversity of culture and context. • Collaborative: We are co-operative in our approach to our work – in relation to individuals, the church, ecumenical partners, and organisations and institutions that work for the welfare of seafarers. • Accountable: We are accountable to God as stewards of the resources entrusted to us, to each other in recognition of our mutual inter-dependence and to those charged with governance at station, regional and international level. • Caring: In all our dealings we strive to behave with compassion, to act with integrity and to treat everyone with respect. The Mission to Seafarers provides emergency assistance, practical support and a friendly welcome in ports all over the world. Operating under the trusted sign of the “Flying Angel”, the Mission touches the lives of seafarers in numerous ways, responding to their needs and connecting them with the local community, including; • Advocacy, advice and counselling • Hospital and prison visiting • Communication, transport and centre hospitality • Ship visiting • Spiritual support The Mission to Seafarers is proud to be one of the ten “Partners in Mission” of the Church of England and we work in close partnership with the Anglican Communion throughout the world.