Team Vicar for the Claydons and Swan Team in the Buckingham Archdeaconry

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Steeple Claydon
Office Holder

The Claydons and Swan Benefice are seeking an interim Team Vicar for a three year term, renewable for a further three years.

The Team Vicar for the Claydons and Swan team will have pastoral responsibility for the parish of The Claydons with other roles and responsibilities across the other seven parishes of the team. The current clergy team consists of a full-time Team Rector and part-time House for Duty Team Vicar plus a Local Lay Minister in training who lives in the parish of The Claydons.

We seek a pastorally-minded priest with a love of rural life and its people who can lead our churches to:

  • grow our congregations with increasing contact with families and forge closer ties with our schools
  • grow our giving in order to continue paying our parish share, provide administrative support for our vicar and maintain our buildings
  • grow our faith with a resurgence in house groups, prayer groups and nurture courses
  • focus on our communities to recognise and meet their needs
  • face the future by developing a Mission Action Plan.

We are looking for a priest who is:

  • an enthusiastic and inspiring leader
  • a good manager, able to delegate when appropriate, and a Team player
  • a confident communicator, approachable and able to relate to all ages
  • a listener, loving and empathetic - a people person
  • a competent administrator.

We are seeking a Team Vicar who will:

  • meet the challenges and the opportunities to help to make The Claydons a vibrant, active, worshipping community
  • be a presence at the heart of our rural communities and approachable to all our parishioners whether they attend services regularly or not
  • be active in the schools in The Claydons
  • respect and value the diversity of our churches, traditional and modern
  • identify with our congregations and parishioners, from younger to older
  • empower the people of The Claydons to care for and minister to each other
  • re-establish a pastoral care group
  • encourage engagement of young people and families work across the Claydons & Swan Team

If you are interested in this post, you are urged to read the parish profile which can be downloaded via the link below.

For an informal conversation please contact the Archdeacon of Buckingham, the Venerable Guy Elsmore, telephone 01865 208266 or the Team Rector, the Revd David Hiscock, telephone 07506 138479.

Closing date: 7th November 2023
Interviews: 29th/30th November

Enhanced DBS Disclosure required

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