The Bishop of Ebbsfleet seeks to provide oversight and encouragement for evangelical congregations in the Church of England which pass resolutions under the House of Bishops’ Declaration. Currently 148 churches have done so. The Bishop has formal oversight responsibilities for about half of these but informally relates to all. He is an Assistant Bishop in 16 Dioceses currently, but with resolution parishes in 16 more.
The role of Senior Chaplain to the Bishop of Ebbsfleet is designed to provide support for the Bishop in his engagement with the House and College of Bishops, Dioceses, Parishes and other local church congregations as well as with bodies external to the church.
The role is a 0.5 post – it has two dimensions to it - one largely analytical and could therefore be carried out very flexibly and one more active in terms of advice and assistance to parishes requiring some day-time availability. There are not many weekend demands, so it might well suit a part-time incumbent, or part-time ordained deacon.
The working pattern is understood to be three days a week equivalent, flexibly worked, with specific fixed times for coordinated meetings and occasional conference attendance;
The post is offered as a fixed three year contract, which can then be reviewed.
An enhanced DBS check with Children’s and Adults’ Barred list will be required.
If you would like further first hand information about the role, please contact Senior Chaplain, Mark Wallace, who will be happy to have an informal conversation (email@example.com)
Applications need to be received by 30th Sept 2023 by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope to interview on Friday 6th October 2023.
For full information and to apply, please find the covering letter and application form attached.
Please do not apply using the online form and link below.
Analysis and Drafting
Oversight of New Initiatives
The Bishop of Ebbsfleet seeks to play an active part in Church-wide initiatives – for example those relating to 5 Guiding principles, or Developing Pastoral Supervision. The Chaplain may therefore be asked to:
Preparation for Services
The Senior Chaplain will be responsible for reviewing draft Orders of Service and advising parishes on liturgy.
The Bishop’s PA is able to handle many enquiries that come in from parishes but some enquiries involve an exercise of judgement that the PA is not in a position to make. These will be referred to the Senior Chaplain for advice – who in turn will need to decide which ones to refer to the Bishop.
Advice and Encouragement
The Senior Chaplain will occasionally liaise with or visit parishes and PCCs. This support will vary greatly from answering straightforward queries to longer term supportive involvement, in order to:
The Senior Chaplain will need to establish good working relationships with other chaplains in various dioceses as well as senior staff. It is also important to establish good relationships with those working within the NCIs at various levels and in various capacities. In addition, the chaplain will need to liaise with the Bishop’s Pastoral Advisers and members of his Advisory Group from time to time in order to ensure proper communication. A good working relationship with the Bishop’s PA will be essential, as he heads the administrative side of the work.
This role is designed to provide support for the Bishop of Ebbsfleet from a senior ordained colleague. It will, therefore, be of incumbent-equivalent status. The postholder(s) will need to have the following attributes:
Although much of the role can be undertaken in a study, there is an important element which is outward-facing. The Chaplain therefore needs to exhibit:
Helpful additional skills
Who might it suit?
There are possibilities of variations in the above outline as part of negotiation with the right candidate, so feel free to make contact to explore possibilities further.
The Bishop of Ebbsfleet serves Parishes across England who pass a resolution to uphold Evangelical Complementarian teaching as part of the Church of England.
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