Senior Chaplain - Amsterdam

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Amsterdam
Chaplain

The chaplaincy of Christ Church Amsterdam is represented in three congregations. Each community has a distinct feel with members that are committed to their congregation. As a surprising result of the Covid years, we have experienced a fledgling interest in coming together more frequently as a chaplaincy. This is expressed in a monthly all-chaplaincy service - the first Sunday of the month - and a new women’s group that extends across the entire chaplaincy. Christ Church City Centre congregation is based out of our listed church building at the heart of Amsterdam city centre which has been in our stewardship since 1771. We are thrilled to be celebrating our 250th year in this historic landmark. The congregation is diverse in every way and our core congregants are very long-standing members who have been worshipping with us for at least 10 years to 20 or even 30 years. This congregation is strongly rooted in the local community and works in a variety of ways to establish a location that is open and welcoming to all. Who We Are - Continued Page 4 Christ Church South is another distinct congregation that is generally represented by international families. Over the years, this group has developed a strong root in the preaching and teaching and the faith of Christ. This community has been deeply engaged with children’s ministries and experienced it as a fundamental part of the congregation. Today, due to a variety of circumstances, the congregation uses a temporary building. The South members now meet three Sundays a month in the elegant, tranquil chapel of a funeral home in the heart of the corporate district of Amsterdam. Our third congregation is located in the South East section of Amsterdam and is based upon a community of African Anglicans. This community represents the traditions of Anglican practices and liturgy as lived and taught on the African continent. In its past 10 years as part of Christ Church Amsterdam, this lively community has at times thrived with services that have occasionally swelled to over a hundred attendees. At present, with the loss of a recent long-standing church warden leader, the congregation has seen its participation dwindle, particularly during the difficult closure of physical locations during the Covid pandemic. These communities together form the three congregations that represent Christ Church Amsterdam. Our own interim minister, the Reverend Kerry Buttram, with his lovely wife Cynthia, continues to support and guide during this difficult transition without an incumbent. Rev. Buttram has now provided strength via pastoral support and prayer over the past three years. Kerry's own ministries are warm, authentic and crucial to the pastoral support and ongoing life of the chaplaincy, bringing us together and manifesting continuity of our church during the ever-challenging transition to a new chaplain. Finally, we are also blessed in support by part-time NSM clergy, as well as various locum and interim ministers.

To fulfil the calling & responsibilities of the clergy as described in the Canons, the Ordinal, the Code of Professional Conduct for the Clergy, and other relevant legislation. To collaborate with the Bishops, Archdeacon, Area Dean and any ordained and lay colleagues in any initiative within the Diocese, Archdeaconry and Deanery.

● To develop the local chaplaincy’s mission.

● To ensure the provision of a high standard of worship, preaching and pastoral care

  • Mature, energetic and adaptive leadership skills able to unite the distinctive parts of the chaplaincy
  • A strong ministry of teaching and preaching the word of God
  • A developed, informed, inspired and appreciative sense of the role of musical worship in the service and an appreciation of different styles of worship – who can draw out musical gifts
  • Authentic and grounded in prayer
  • A ministry which is Bible-based, gospel-centred and mission-oriented, while being welcoming to people from all shades of Anglicanism and a great variety of backgrounds
  • Native or near-native English, with an adaptive cultural view
  • Competent in, or willingness to become competent in, the technology we heavily rely on, so that it can be effectively used towards the Chaplaincy’s vision

Who We Are

Deep in the heart of Amsterdam city centre, the roots of Christ Church Amsterdam were established almost 400 years ago. This Christ-centred community represents the breadth of the Anglican experience, with our 150+ members comprising a diverse group of individuals. Our diversity spans from members of 20 years' standing, to recent newcomers, from a community of African traditional Anglicans who worship with great enthusiasm and spirit, to an expat-based community with members who float in and out with the waves of business, and to the many English-speaking visitors to Amsterdam.

Our chaplaincy offers a wide range of services and activities and is deeply rooted in the belief that Christ is the centre of this universe and our worship and faith. We share a common belief that the liturgy of the Anglican tradition is core to our worship and the entire community is focused first and foremost on the need for the preaching and the teaching of Jesus Christ. This is closely followed by a deep focus on prayer that helps centre us and provides us guidance in all aspects of our life. Further, we are united by a love of music, and while the range of musical capabilities varies greatly, we all believe in the importance of worship, singing and music as part of our weekly service. The chaplaincy of Christ Church Amsterdam is represented in three congregations. Each community has a distinct feel with members that are committed to their congregation. As a surprising result of the Covid years, we have experienced a fledgling interest in coming together more frequently as a chaplaincy. This is expressed in a monthly all-chaplaincy service - the first Sunday of the month - and a new women’s group that extends across the entire chaplaincy. Christ Church City Centre congregation is based out of our listed church building at the heart of Amsterdam city centre which has been in our stewardship since 1771. We are thrilled to be celebrating our 250th year in this historic landmark. The congregation is diverse in every way and our core congregants are very long-standing members who have been worshipping with us for at least 10 years to 20 or even 30 years. This congregation is strongly rooted in the local community and works in a variety of ways to establish a location that is open and welcoming to all.