Associate Priest

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The Parish of the Resurrection is a vibrant, growing, mission focussed community set at the heart of the market town of Alton and a presence in the villages of Beech and Holybourne all in North East Hampshire near the Surrey border. We have four churches and a large dynamic Ministry Team including Associate Priests, LLMs, a Youth Minister, Schools Ministry Co-ordinator, Parish Administrators, Anna Chaplains and many dedicated people serving in various roles.

We have recently discussed and discerned a Five Year Plan for the Parish which will give clear direction and focus for the future. We have realigned our PCC structures and committees to reflect these priorities and there is an expectation of more growth, outreach and ministry.

Our worship is varied with the informal Church@4 which is held in our two local Church of England Primary Schools, small informal Sunday Evening Worship, Parish Communion services, early morning BCP communion, Choral Evensong, Reflective Communion and other special and festival services.

We are outward looking and are active in the local community supporting The Alton Food bank, Town Pastors, Christians Against Poverty and other town wide ecumenical initiatives. We have just completed the first year of trading with Resurrection Furniture, a social enterprise initiative working from a shop on Alton High Street.

  • To lead a Parish Team who will pioneer community projects, fresh expressions and the possibility of a Church plant in the Wooteys/Manor area of Alton
  • To supervise the full-time Youth Minister working with young people engaged in the worshipping life of the parish, in the two secondary schools and as Chaplain to Alton College particularly nurturing an evangelistic focus
  • To work with the Youth Minister and others in the Alton Deanery to develop a new worshipping community for younger people
  • To take focal responsibility for The Church of the Holy Rood, Holybourne, its congregation and their missional engagement with the village
  • To lead and serve the other congregations of The Parish of the Resurrection as directed by the Vicar and in collaboration with other members of The Ministry Team
  • To chair one/two of the PCC committees ensuring that they fulfil their terms of reference and contribute to the vision of the Parish and its Five Year Plan
  • To lead on Wedding Ministry, preparing couples, putting a coherent system of relationship building in place, ensuring that good effective follow up is part of our nurture and discipleship

We are looking for an Associate Priest who will demonstrably lead and minister within our vision and Five Year Plan.

We need someone with enthusiasm to speak and encourage the mission of the risen Jesus, help us to be firmly rooted in Him and our faith and who can witness courageously with us.

We are looking for a leader of church and community who releases people to seek and work for the Kingdom of God, who is confident and competent to help lead more growth in congregations and common good.

Our Associate Priest will be part of a strong team and should be able to work collaboratively and creatively.

We have much to offer someone who will enjoy new ventures yet equally is able to hold the more traditional aspects of ministry.

We will want someone who can take focal responsibility for the village and church of Holybourne seeking opportunities to grow disciples and church in that place both evangelistically and pastorally.

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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.