Associate Priest / Team Vicar Designate

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Beck Row Group

The six parishes in the Beck Row Group serve seven villages in an arc to the north, east and south of Mildenhall in north-west Suffolk where it borders Cambridgeshire and Norfolk. The combined population of these parishes at 2011 was approximately 10,000, which we estimate has grown to 14,000 and is still growing in Beck Row, Eriswell & Red Lodge.

Closing date : 20 August 2018

Interview dates : 4 and 5 September 2018

For an informal conversation please contact The Right Revd Dr Mike Harrison, the Bishop of Dunwich Telephone 01473 252829 /

  • Lead the benefice ministry and pastoral teams by working with parishes to develop a shared vision and plans for Growing in God; encourage lay participation in services; identify and develop people’s talents.
  • Be a good teacher, leader and pastor who will inspire and invigorate church members, and will build and extend the pastoral team.
  • Share the Christian faith with people of all ages and work with parishes to widen the age profile of congregations through building on some of the initiatives already implemented.
  • Strengthen and encourage links with young people, families, the middle aged and newly retired and help to expand outreach, pastoral care and visiting capabilities for those in need such as the elderly, lonely and isolated.
  • To become a foundation governor of St Christopher CEVCP School, Red Lodge and a Trustee Director of St Mary’s Church of England Academy, Mildenhall

To lead us in the Beck Row Group we would like to find a person –

  • Whose love of God shines through to all they meet.
  • Who has empathy, compassion, and an ability to communicate with, motivate and enthuse (not least from the pulpit) people of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Who has previously worked in a benefice with differing styles of worship.
  • Who can show evidence of growing congregations and widening participation in the life of the Church in previous parishes.
  • Who will embrace the joys of multi-parish ministry.
  • Who is able to forge relationships with children and their parents through the local schools and thereby encourage the growth of the church family.
  • Who understands and is willing to take forward the Diocese’s vision for growth "Growing in God".
  • Who embraces collaborative ministry with fellow clergy and the wider support team.
  • A good communicator both in spoken word and through social media.

The Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich was founded in 1914 and includes the county of Suffolk, except for an area of North East Suffolk around Lowestoft, and one parish in the county of Essex. It serves about 631,000 people living in a geographical area of more than 1,400 square miles. A wide range of communities exists in the diocese – from small rural villages to urban centres such as Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Stowmarket, Haverhill, Sudbury and Beccles.

The diocese is overseen by the Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, the Right Revd Martin Seeley supported by the Bishop of Dunwich, the Right Revd Dr Mike Harrison. The Cathedral Church of St James and St Edmund, the mother church of the diocese, has been a place of pilgrimage and tourism for centuries and remains today a focal point for the Christian faith in Suffolk.

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