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The ministry of the Vicar of Brockenhurst is largely organised around the village of Brockenhurst, where St Saviour’s is a large sociable church, with fantastic facilities at the heart of the New Forest. Associate clergy provide extensive ministry elsewhere in the benefice.

The area is friendly with a strong sense of community, and we thank God that our churches continue to play such a prominent role in village life. As we look to appoint a new Vicar, our prayer is that we will be able to use this opportunity for growth and blessing, to be:

  • a Christ-centred, Spirit-filled community,
  • rooted in Bible-based teaching,
  • and who seek to care for each other and bring the Good News to our friends and neighbours.
You will be based in Brockenhurst which regularly appears among the best places to live in the UK. The large four-bedroomed vicarage is in a stunning location overlooking the open forest. There are excellent schools, health services, shops and a station with frequent direct train links to London and the coast.


Closing date: 29 November 2018

Visit and interviews: 23 and 24 January 2019

An enhanced DBS is required.

Our Vision and Priorities

We believe that everyone is precious to God and that he longs to see all people coming to faith through Jesus Christ and joining His body, the Church. We aim to be a beacon of light in the New Forest – to help everyone to hear the Good News that “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life,” and to accept this good news and grow as his followers. Our priorities are:

  • To grow disciples of Jesus through Bible teaching, praise and prayer
  • To develop the more informal 9.30am service so that it is relevant to newcomers, families and regulars alike, introducing everyone to a closer relationship with Jesus.
  • To build up the student, youth and schools’ work so the next generation may know the Lord.
  • To maintain and develop the traditional services, leading them with conviction and enthusiasm, to the glory of God.
  • To be agents of social transformation in the village by developing our activities to improve the quality of life for all villagers – which in turn we pray will attract them to the church and to discover more about Jesus

We are praying for a confident Christian leader who has a faith that is rooted in prayer and in the Bible; who is open to the leading and power of the Holy Spirit, and who will challenge us to do God’s work. We need someone who loves the Lord wholeheartedly and who will embrace the rich variety of opportunities here with enthusiasm and energy.

In legal terms the Vicar of Brockenhurst is otherwise known as the Vicar of the benefices of Brockenhurst and of Boldre and South Baddesley (held in plurality), within the Group Ministry of Brockenhurst, of Boldre and South Baddesley and of Sway.

In practice this means the ministry is largely centred around the village of Brockenhurst with its churches of St Nicholas’ and St Saviour’s. Some 85% of the last Vicar’s time was spent here. There are also two parishes, which largely run themselves. Both are served by dedicated associate clergy who are under the Vicar’s oversight, but actually supply most of the ministry need in each place: a house-for duty priest at Boldre and a self-supporting minister at South Baddesley.

  • Knows, loves and teaches the whole Bible and is confident of its authority
  • Is a passionate, Spirit-filled follower of Jesus who is committed to prayer
  • Is a creative and imaginative spiritual leader, pointing others to Christ
  • Leads worship and communicates confidently with all traditions and age groups
  • Enables individuals to discern their gifts for ministry
  • Has an active commitment to developing faithful disciples
  • Will share their own knowledge, experience, and gifts with others
  • Is a persuasive yet sensitive evangelist, presenting the Gospel clearly and confidently
  • Will be a visible and accessible leader taking opportunities to point others to Christ
  • Has an understanding of pioneer ministry
  • Will actively support and deepen the provision of pastoral care
  • An experienced chair of meetings
  • An effective delegator
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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.