Ordained Assistant Chaplaincy in the Healing and Wholeness Ministry (Part-time)

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The Living Well, Vicarage Lane, Nonington, Dover
£11550 - £11550

Ordained Assistant Chaplaincy in the Healing and Wholeness Ministry

2 days per week, with equivalent stipend incl pro rata housing allowance & pension.

The Living Well (TLW) was set up in 2006 to express Canterbury Diocese’s mission and ministry through healing and wholeness found in Christ.

TLW ministry is centred at Nonington, 10 miles Southeast of Canterbury and ministers across the diocese, helping individuals and groups find healing in Christ and helping parishes offer this ministry through relevant training.

We are looking to increase our chaplaincy. You will be working alongside the Lead Chaplain and Assistant Chaplains, Administrator and Wardens, Wider Team of volunteers and with the diocese.

  • Applications closure date is Friday 8th October 2021:
  • Enhanced DBS checks and professional and pastoral references will be required.
  • A one day interview will be held on either 25th October or November 5th 2021.

The Living Well Registered Charity 112379
Please contact 01304 842847 or contact@the-living-well.org.uk

The Living Well (TLW) is situated in an old vicarage in Nonington, 10 miles Southeast of Canterbury. It began approximately 14 years ago when a member of clergy recognised the need to offer Christian retreat, listening and prayer to aid healing and wholeness in individuals in a way that clergy and laity were often not able to offer in a parish setting. The ministry was initially centred in Nonington and had an external focus of bringing training in the healing ministry to parishes within Canterbury Diocese.

TLW has since grown to a wider calling bringing the ministry of TLW to local churches and we can be asked for help beyond the Church of England. Canterbury Diocese partner and support TLW charity working collaboratively in ministry and mission in a variety of ways: one is the provision of the property which is maintained and prayerfully cared for by residential wardens. The house and grounds offer a chapel, a library, lounge, kitchen, an Upper Room suitable for small groups and garden with labyrinth, rose garden and three heated garden cabins suitable for day retreat with a plan to add a fourth cabin in early 2022.

Our Core Team includes the chaplain, wardens, our administrator and assistant chaplains; beyond this we are able to encourage many volunteers to serve with us in this ministry of hospitality, healing and wholeness in Jesus Christ – for whom we are hugely grateful. We benefit from a Board of Trustees and a Treasurer who help with discerning the ministry and mission of TLW.

We hold a public healing service midweek at Nonington and seek to keep an ‘open door’ to respond to a wide range of requests from individuals and groups. A 2021 programme will shortly be found on our website www.the-living-well.org.uk

Our understanding of healing is holistic, we are body, mind and spirit; healing may come over a protracted period of time or unexpectedly and suddenly. Our role is to provide hospitality, a prayerful retreat space, advanced listening, openly inspiring hope whilst also being willing to sit in the darkness or with the uncertainty of guests at times. We are blessed in this ministry and always reliant upon the eternal and creative breath of the Spirit of God at work among us

To join an existing Core Team: Ordained Lead Chaplain, 2 lay Assistant Chaplains, Administrator and House Wardens. To work with our Wider Team of volunteers as required.

To serve with the team aiding with the practical Healing & Wholeness ministry of The Living Well in its various aspects including sharing in weekly worship. To work within Canterbury Diocese to equip and enable parishes in the Healing & Wholeness ministry of Christ. To be able to facilitate, teach and train groups as requested.

To be willing to undertake personal and chaplaincy team supervision, to comply with Diocesan Safeguarding procedures and The Living Well Prayer Ministry Safeguarding Guidelines 2019. To uphold the ethos and values of The Living Well.

  • To be embedded, worshipping, in a local church and hold a personal faith and spirituality that is alive and open.
  • To have a clear calling to the Healing and Wholeness ministry in Jesus name.
  • To have a compassionate, wise, self-controlled, relational and inclusive approach to ministry.
  • To be collaborative in ministry with enthusiasm to learn with and work alongside a flexible team.
  • To be a good communicator and listener with evidence of an ability to lead, teach and train others in this ministry. To be able to use a variety of teaching styles and to use current technology as appropriate.
  • To have experience of a leadership role in parish ministry.
  • Previous experience in the educational, spiritual accompaniment, therapeutic, psychological or medical professions can be helpful, but is not essential.