Interim Minister for St Francis, Strood

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Interim Minister (3-year contract) for St Francis, Strood

Under the previous incumbent, the Ministry Team and PCC developed a vision for our parish which we hope will act as a foundation to move us forward.

We are looking for a strong and collaborative leader to help us in our commitment to Real Faith, Real Lives, Real People

Real Faith: trusting in God, empowered by the Holy Spirit We are committed to seeking God first in all that we do.

Real Lives: renewed lives that we share with one another We are committed to sharing life’s journey with one another, seeking renewal, forgiving and being forgiven. We seek to practise hospitality with everyone in the same way that God offers to us.

Real People: bringing the Good News of the Kingdom of God to everyone We desire to see South Strood transformed by the news of God’s Kingdom.

The ideal candidate will be:

  • a strong leader, rooted in prayer and scripture;
  • has a heart for the least and the lost within our community;
  • committed to lay ministry in all its forms;
  • can commit to the oversight and local management of the Estates Pioneer, and willing to engage with the Diocese on this funded project;
  • working collaboratively with the Estates Pioneer, Ministry Team, PCC and others in planning, prioritising and delivering projects;
  • willing to engage with neighbouring Anglican churches and other denominations in the Deanery;
  • encouraging and supportive of individuals in their everyday faith, enabling the congregation to grow spiritually.

Strood is part of the Medway Towns Unitary Authority and is situated to the west of the River Medway. It is a largely residential (pop.14,945, over 60% of whom are aged 18-64). There are good schools, shopping and transport facilities.

St Francis Church is relatively modern, being some 60 years old. The design gives an open interior with flexible and comfortable seating for over 200. A major toilet provision project was completed in 2020, and there are further plans to replace the tea bar with a purpose-built kitchen & servery. The hall is detached from the church itself. It was built at the same time but benefits from a newer annexe which provides a separate meeting space and church office.

There is a thriving and supportive Ministry Team and a paid Administrator to support our new parish priest.

Full details can be found in the Parish Profile.

If you would like an informal conversation with the Archdeacon about this vacancy please contact his EA, Fiona Porter, on

Interviews will take place in June (date tbc)