Priest-in-charge, St Mary's Liss

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Station Rd, Liss
Office Holder
Full stipend

Liss is a large bustling village in the South Downs National Park. St Mary’s is a beautifully renovated single-parish church with a broad worshiping tradition and a deep commitment to serving its community and to social justice.

This welcoming community is looking for a priest who can engage and build relationships across the village, and lead a journey of spiritual growth, deepening faith and effective outreach.

This role comes with a commitment to champion ‘Growing Faith’ across the deanery.

With a welcoming community and the church working to be at its heart, St Mary’s embraces a range of traditions. The new Priest-in-Charge will be supported by a committed and enthusiastic staff team as well as a willing congregation.

A focus on spiritual growth is vital, deepening faith and increasing understanding so that service and outreach are more effective.

An essential part of the Deanery plan is the ‘Deanery Lead Roles’ attached to all the parish incumbent posts and the lead role for this post will be giving 30% of time to championing the Growing Faith’ agenda, making spiritual connections between school, church and home.

St Mary’s Liss is a church on a journey. It has a faithful and committed team and congregation, wanting to discover new things about themselves and God. The church has been well reordered, and from a strong and forward looking start they’re wanting to deepen and grow in their relationship with the new space, their community and their identity. The church does a great deal with the community, and has innovative projects to engage with all ages. There is a strong commitment to social justice, and the potential to develop this.

Petersfield deanery has an exciting vision for parishes and clergy. The deanery plan involves each stipendiary priest giving 30% of their time to building and supporting a particular area of ministry across the deanery. For St Mary’s the intention is that the incumbent will develop and champion the Church of England’s ‘Growing Faith’ programme across the deanery, enabling parishes and schools to engage in a new and fruitful way with children and families. There’s more information about this part of the role in the appendix.

If you have a calling to enable a community and every person in it to find and respond to their calling and vocation, I hope you’ll explore this role further.

We are looking for someone with an ‘evangelistic heart’,

  • who is approachable and friendly.
  • who is both a leader and an enabler for the whole congregation, inspiring commitment and the development of gifts.
  • who is Spirit-led and is energetic, family orientated and eager to engage with the wider community.

The Diocese of Portsmouth stretches across south-east Hampshire and includes the whole of the Isle of Wight. It has139 parishes, many diverse rural and urban communities and a wide range of churchmanship.

Bishop Jonathan Frost was installed in March 2022, and has shared his vision for the diocese – a place where all are invited into a life-enhancing encounter with Jesus Christ.

For further information on the role, please contact Acting Archdeacon Will Hughes on

The interviews will be held on Thursday 23rd February and Friday 24th February 2023.

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