Two Team Vicars in Ashford Town

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These are two opportunities to join the ministry team for this growing and vibrant town and to help shape the ministry our churches offer.

Ashford is an exciting parish which is exploring how best to minister to today's world. Since 2016 the whole town has been a single parish covering a population of more than 70,000 with 11 worshipping communities, 5 church schools and a further 26 schools. The parish encompasses a range of areas from the leafy suburbs to 1950s estates and new-build apartment blocks. Our churches also cover a range of traditions, each adding to the richness of the parish.

After five years, we find ourselves asking questions about what it means to be a multi-church parish serving a single town, and how relations between our churches and corresponding structures may need to develop so that we can fulfil our purpose of ‘Loving God:Serving Ashford’ more effectively. The people appointed to these two Team Vicar posts will have the opportunity to help shape the next stage of our life together.

Closing date: 2 September 2021

Parish Visit and Interviews: 22 & 23 September 2021

Any queries to the Team Rector, the Revd Canon Dr Jeremy Worthen: or the Archdeacon of Ashford’s PA, Louise Mills:

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

Principal elements of the role will be:

  • Coordinating and developing key sectors of ministry for the parish as a whole with skill and imagination.
  • Taking a strategic role across the parish for some of the goals to emerge from our Mission Action Planning.
  • Being rooted in particular church communities within the parish, serving as pastors and fostering strong local leadership.
  • Working as part of a dynamic and supportive Parish Leadership Team of lay and ordained colleagues.

We are looking for ordained ministers who:

  • Are motivated by the prospect of ministering across different churches with a range of spiritual outlooks, liturgical styles, and social contexts.
  • Are skilled in pastoral ministry and understand congregational leadership.
  • Are able to nurture the gifts of others and empower them for leadership.
  • Are capable organizers who can see through what they have started.
  • Through their participation as both leaders and members enable teams of different kinds to fulfil their potential.
  • Care deeply about and reflect theologically on mission and are able to communicate their passion and understanding to others.
  • Will be faithful in prayer for the parish and serve as models and teachers of prayer for others.
  • Enjoy new challenges, are not dismayed by uncertainty, and are imaginative in discovering fresh opportunities for ministry and mission.

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.