Rector of the Coastal Group benefice

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We are a group of 8 parishes with 10 churches in this beautiful coastal and rural part of Norfolk. We cherish everything we have in common and look to enhance existing connections with our communities and further develop our worship and outreach.

We are proud of the tradition of close and friendly collaboration between our parishes, and very much support the Diocesan vision - Transformed by Christ: Prayerfully, Pastorally and Prophetically. The parishes have varying styles of worship which are mutually supported within the benefice as a strength.

Our Benefice exists to spread the word of God, making the Church and God’s mission accessible to all who live in our communities; to feed and nurture their faith, to provide them with comfort and succour when they need and request it, to express in worship our own love of God and by doing so to reveal His love for our neighbours and for all people.

This benefice, spread along a beautiful part of the Norfolk coastline, has thrived under the ministry of its last incumbent who left to become Archdeacon of Lynn. Parish Share has been paid in full for several years – no mean achievement – and a good sense of fellowship and mutual support and encouragement has remained strong.

There has been a good ministry team for some years, although the experienced SSM priest has retired now after 26 years. There are three LLMs and three AWAs, but it will be important for the new incumbent to encourage further vocations to ensure continuity as there will be further retirements in due course.

One key feature of this part of the Diocese is the impact of climate change. There have been several high tides over the years and the loss of some houses, and this is an issue on which the Diocesan Environment Group is keen to focus, not least in supporting incumbents in coastal areas and those places liable to flooding. It will be important for the churches to be active in pastoral support of those affected, and to offer places where the community can gather to be better informed about the challenges that will be faced in this part of the country.

Alongside this challenge, this is a place of wonderful wildlife and scenery and these coastal communities are resilient and realistic people with great warmth and desire to welcome and support whoever comes to serve as their next incumbent.

The Diocese is at an important and exciting point with a new vision emerging under a still relatively new diocesan bishop, and work is currently underway that will see the development of strategies for the outworking of the vision across the diocese.

Attendance at Deanery Synod and Chapter is an expectation, and all diocesan clergy are encouraged to give some part of their time and energies to the wider life of the Diocese.

We would love to hear from you if you feel that God might be calling you to this new role in this beautiful part of the county, or if you have questions about this role.

We are looking for a new rector to provide us with the help and leadership that will allow our Group to thrive.

We are looking for someone who:

  • can take us forward in our Christian faith, gospel message and fulfil our potential within our communities;
  • has an understanding of rural ministry, the joys that this can bring and the sense of community that can be established through parish life;
  • can meet the challenges and demands of running a multi-church rural benefice;
  • fully understands collaborative ministry; can nurture a lay team and foster individual journeys of faith and discipleship within the laity;
  • has the flexibility to embrace the diverse forms of worship within the group.