Who we are
The parish of Yare Valley Churches contains three churches, two villages and some beautiful Norfolk countryside, and we worship in a variety of mutually supportive congregations across the parish. We believe strongly in the importance of building relationships within our communities, as a basis for service and for mission, and over the years have developed many opportunities and spaces in which this can happen. We aim to encourage the gifts and active involvement in church life of every member of the church.
The Yare Valley Churches benefice falls within the Archdeaconry of Norfolk, and so under the care of the Bishop of Thetford (The Rt Revd Dr Alan Winton) and the Archdeacon of Norfolk (The Venerable Steven Betts). The benefice is in the Blofield deanery, with a Rural Dean, the Revd Martin Greenland, and an Assistant Rural Dean, the Revd Kevin Billson.
The Parishes and this job
These churches have benefited from an enterprising nine-year incumbency in which significant projects have taken place, bringing growth and vitality as well as a strong sense of purpose and direction. The profile sets out some of the detail of this, noting some of the resources that have been put to good use, and the culture of growth that has been embedded. There is good lay leadership in the benefice and a well-resourced team. The next incumbent will want to build on these excellent foundations, recognising the need for continual renewal of the vision as well as support and encouragement for all those active in ministry and mission. A commitment to collaborative ways of working and an ability to lead the team, prayerfully, pastorally and prophetically, are key requirements for the next incumbent.
Key Characteristics of a new incumbent
• A good shepherd to all God’s people in our communities.
• Someone who can share their faith with both Christians and non-Christians.
• A faith filled, inspirational, prayerful, and compassionate disciple of Christ.
• Someone who is excited by the opportunities and challenges of leading the Yare Valley Churches.
• An appetite to lead different styles of worship.
• A willingness to journey and develop alongside the congregations.
• Be community minded and willing to develop relationships throughout the community.
• Experience of encouraging and building a staff team.
• Someone who is approachable and a good listener.
• Someone who can communicate well with all ages.
• Someone who can delegate and share responsibilities.
• A willingness to embrace technology.
• Digital and Social Media competency.
The closing date for applications is Tuesday 27th September, with interviews to be held on Monday 17th October.
Any priest wanting an informal discussion before deciding whether to apply is welcome to be in touch by telephone or e-mail with me or with The Archdeacon of Norfolk, the Venerable Steven Betts (01603 559199, email@example.com)