Rector for the Benefice of Newton Longville, Mursley, Swanbourne, Little Horwood and Drayton Parslow

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We are seeking a Rector to lead the Rural Ministry in our benefice.

This is a full time Rector post with the provision of a modern 4 bedroom purpose-built Rectory situated in Mursley at the centre of the benefice. The benefice comprises five village parishes situated in rural North Buckinghamshire.

Applications are invited for the post Rector of the benefice to help us connect, engage and inspire as we reinvigorate the church within our communities. The Rector post is supported by a House for Duty position, part-time administration and a capable team of laity.

We are looking for a leader deeply called to the challenges of Rural Ministry, who has strong interpersonal skills and is grounded in pastoral care.

Our new Rector will:

  • Be a leader experienced in Rural Ministry who will work with us to help develop mission and discipleship which relates to our communities and connects with them
  • Enjoy being visibly present in the villages through the week
  • Help us identify and develop our gifts and ministries
  • Develop work with our youngsters, both in school and out
  • As an ex-officio Governor of our VA schools, be visible as a figurehead leader
  • Be experienced and enthusiastic leading worship in a variety of styles
  • Develop the many opportunities for mission to be found through occasional offices

We seek a Rector who, experienced in Rural Ministry:

  • Will celebrate each church's preferences for service style and churchmanship, offering choice across the benefice
  • Has a pastoral nature, understanding where rules can be flexed to meet a pastoral need
  • Is excited by, and enjoys, engaging and connecting with a cross-section of people in a variety of settings

We offer:

  • Welcoming church families, prayer, friendship, fellowship
  • A modern 4 bedroom house centrally located in the benefice
  • Shared commitment to meeting the challenges
  • Well established community connections within the villages
  • Part-time paid administrative support
  • Wardens and PCCs taking day to day responsibility for fabric and finance, with Lay vice-chairs available to chair PCCs
  • Encouragement to maintain a sustainable ministry, including days off, holidays, retreats and opportunities for personal and professional learning and development, and some financial support for retreats and ministerial development.

If you are up for this exciting and challenging role we would be pleased to hear from you. More information is available in the Parish Profile which can be downloaded via the link below.

For an informal conversation please contact the Associate Archdeacon of Buckingham, the Revd Canon Chris Bull on 01865 208266 or email

Closing date: 22nd June 2022
Interviews: 25th July 2022 (with an opportunity to visit the parishes on 24th July)

Enhanced DBS disclosure required.