Rector of the Saxon Shoreline Benefice

Posted 14 days agoExpires in 27 days
Office Holder

In consultation with the Bishop of Dover, the Lord Chancellor is seeking to appoint a Rector for the Saxon Shoreline Benefice.

Overlooking the Romney Marsh and six miles from Ashford, this rural benefice comprises thriving villages and hamlets, served by eight churches in seven parishes. These range from traditional Book of Common Prayer through 'middle of the road' to one church which is more informal and evangelical in its style. All of our churches wish to serve God and their community and hope to do this in closer cooperation. Our priority is to promote the Christian faith and grow the Church and we would like to explore with our new Rector how to do this, with new ideas as well as those things we are doing now.

If you would like to make an informal visit to the benefice, there'll be people available to show you round on 5 and 6 September. Please contact the Archdeacon of Ashford's PA (details below) for more information or to book a visit.

Closing date: 8 September 2022

Interviews: 26 September 2022

Any queries initially to the Archdeacon of Ashford’s PA, Louise Mills: or 01233 712649.

The minister we pray for to join this benefice:

  • Someone to help us grow in confidence in our faith through deepening our knowledge and understanding of the Bible, prayer, and worship. We are looking for someone keen to discern abilities and to encourage and support lay participation and leadership.
  • Is able to work with us to nurture faith among families and young people.
  • Has the ability to run a multi-church benefice and has personal support networks in place.
  • Someone with fresh ideas to reinvigorate us.
  • Has a willingness to be a visible part of the community.
  • Able to work collaboratively with our PTO clergy, Reader and laity to provide a regular range of worship and music across the benefice.
  • Willing to embrace the Local Ecumenical Partnership.
  • Able to develop our use of modern technology to communicate to all ages.
  • A compassionate, friendly, and interested listener.
  • Willing to enjoy country life and to get their shoes wet and muddy!