Assistant Chaplain, Stavanger Congregation (50 per cent post)

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Stavanger Norway

Assistant Chaplain, Stavanger Congregation (50 per cent post)

We’re looking for a gifted pastor to lead our congregation in Stavanger, Norway’s third largest metro area and most diverse city after Oslo and home to the historic St Swithun’s Cathedral, the oldest Cathedral in Northern Europe, as well as Norway’s oil industry and NATO base.

We would like to hear from you, especially if you are:

• A mission leader able to reach out and build relationships with people from a wide variety of different backgrounds, cultures and traditions

• An inspiring preacher and leader of worship

• A compassionate and insightful pastor

• Enthusiastic about working with children, youth and students • Keen to build up the worshipping community in faith and discipleship

• Committed to the unity of God’s Church and to building further on the strong ecumenical relations which exist.

Responsibilities General to role: 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.

Roles, tasks, challenges, committees specific to this post:

(i) Leading the Stavanger Congregation:

• To be an effective leader of worship, an inspiring preacher and an enthusiastic teacher to reinvigorate and develop the gifts of the congregation.

• To reach out to formerly active members and lead outreach efforts to grow the church body following the turbulent history of the past few years.

• To prioritize pastoral care of the congregation and the wider membership.

• To develop ministry towards the children and teenagers within the congregation with targeted programming for these age groups offered safely and consistently.

• To nurture existing and identify potential new areas of outreach in Stavanger and around SouthWest Norway, developing contact and ministry with our highly-dispersed membership and opportunities for partnership with other churches, agencies and civic organisations.

• To be an effective administrator in dealing with congregation and Chaplaincy issues and arrangements, working closely with the Senior Chaplain, the Forstander, the Assistant Church Warden and members of the local congregational committee to advance the mission and ministry of the congregation.

(ii) As part of the Anglican Chaplaincy in Norway:

• To be committed to the congregation’s renewed relationships with the wider Anglican Chaplaincy in Norway,

• To be an effective team player within the Chaplaincy’s ministry, contributing skills and insights to to mission thinking and practice across the whole Chaplaincy, including through participation in the weekly Morning Prayer and Chat on Zoom and in annual residential staff meetings, and through other visits to congregations in Norway. In addition, there is an annual clergy chapter and Deanery synod for the Deanery of the Nordic and Baltic States at which full participation is required.

• To contribute to the quarterly Chaplaincy-wide magazine – TOGETHER – and other communications tools and social media including the development of new websites.

• To ensure the longer-term financial viability and security of the Congregation and Chaplaincy, through liaising with the Congregational Committee and Chaplaincy Council, through growing church attendance, increasing church membership, and encouraging voluntary financial giving as well as gifts of time and talents.

(iii) Ecumenical priorities

• To consolidate and develop partnership in mission and ministry under the Porvoo Agreement, particularly in Stavanger and Kristiansand, and looking for new opportunities across the SouthWest region.

• To develop participation in the life, ministry and mission of the Church of Norway’s Stavanger Cathedral and St Petri Parish, as invited by the Dean and his colleagues, so as to build on the excellent existing local ecumenical co-operation. Stavanger Cathedral is preparing to celebrate its 900th Anniversary in 2025.

• To nurture connections with the other English-language congregations in Stavanger, and with community stakeholders and city leaders, involving them in the annual carol service and Good Friday service held ecumenically.

PERSON SPECIFICATION - E = essential and D = desirable


a) A confident and prayerful spiritual leader (E)

b) Values diversity and inclusivity (E)

c) A team player (E)

d) Self-motivated and independent enough to take transport around the town and region (E)

e) Excited by the opportunity to build on existing ecumenical cooperation (D)

f) Sociable with a sense of humour (D)

The Anglican congregation in Stavanger

The Anglican congregation in Stavanger is a constituent part of the Anglican Church in Norway, under the oversight of the Senior Chaplain, the Revd Canon Joanna Udal who is based in St Edmund’s Oslo. The Assistant Chaplain will be part of the ministry team under the Senior Chaplain’s oversight. In addition to Oslo and Stavanger, other work in the chaplaincy is centred in Trondheim and Bergen, with a summer chaplaincy in Balestrand and occasional services in Drammen, Kristiansand and Tromsø. This position of Assistant Chaplain in Stavanger offers a unique opportunity to lead the local congregation in developing its life and ministry under God, to reach out to a wide range of people and to work together within the Chaplaincy’s clergy team to share in the development and growth of the mission of the Anglican Church in Norway.

For an informal conversation and for the profile please contact: The Revd Canon Joanna Udal Senior Chaplain, the Anglican Chaplaincy in Norway Telephone: +47 22 69 22 14 Email: