Rector and Priest in Charge

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Overton, Basingstoke

We are looking to appoint a Rector for the benefice of Overton and Laverstoke with Freefolk who will also be Priest in Charge of the benefice of North Waltham, Steventon, Ashe and Deane. The two benefices are situated in the beautiful, rural area of Hampshire, south-west of Basingstoke in the Upper Test Valley.

The posts offer support from a House for Duty Priest, 4 LLMs and an enthusiastic, committed laity.

Our Vision and Priorities:

We are aware that we have a wide range of ministries and number of projects running, in some cases the teams involved are rather stretched. One of our challenges, as we look ahead, is to review our pMAP and under God's guidance discern a more realistic focus, which might in turn require dropping some initiatives in favour of developing and strengthening those we believe we should maintain.

We also recognise the need to reach out to those in the wider community who are apathetic about the Christian faith or see it as irrelevant. We are looking for a leader who will inspire our congregations to be more outward-facing and show us how we might 'do church' in ways that are different, fresh and relevant.

Closing date: 14 November at 12 noon

Visit and interviews: 4 and 5 December 2018

For an informal conversation, please contact The Ven Richard Brand, Archdeacon of Winchester on 01962 710960.

For more information about the application process, please use this link

We are seeking a Priest who is firmly rooted in and a preacher of God's Word, who is led and inspired by the Holy Spirit and who recognises the centrality of prayer in both personal and church life.

  • Lead our parishes, working collaboratively with others both within the churches and in the community.
  • Sharpen and implement our vision and shape the churches to respond to the changing needs of our communities.
  • Encourage and challenge us to grow as disciples in number, wisdom, love and maturity.
  • Extend our presence further into the wider community especially regarding families, young people and children.
  • Encourage and develop further, lay ministry and the use of Spiritual Gifting.

Winchester Diocese

At the heart of our life is the desire to be always Living the Mission of Jesus. We are engaged in a strategic process to deliver a mission-shaped Diocese, in which parochial, pastoral and new forms of pioneering and radical ministry all flourish. Infused with God's missionary Spirit we want three character traits to be clearly visible in how we live:

  • Passionate personal spirituality;
  • Pioneering faith communities;
  • Prophetic global citizens.

The Diocese of Winchester is an exciting place to be right now. With a grant of £4.3m from the strategic Development Fund, we are investing in missional projects across the diocese which are aimed at strategic growth for the common good. We pray that, if God is calling you to join us in his mission here, he will reveal this to you clearly as you consider this post.