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:
Closing date: 29 November 2018
Visit and interviews: 23 and 24 January 2019
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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:
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.
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:
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.