The Benefice vision is to bring the love, grace and truth of Jesus Christ into the heart of the Pastrow Benefice, so that every member of our community feels welcomed by our thriving and growing Christian family. The vision encompasses much of the dedicated work already in hand, but emphasises:
A Benefice with prayer at its heart.
Church communities that really seek to find ways to welcome newcomers into the life of discipleship through Christian teaching that is direct and informative.
A growth in community spirit to encourage more churchgoers across the age groups, particularly amongst the young, and for the young and not so young to take a more active role in the family.
The Church demonstrating that it is of clear value to the communities it serves, encouraging community connection with the church.
To continue to make the Church more relevant to daily life and to encourage our family in realizing and growing their own ministries as part of an active faith, using their gifts within the body of Christ.
Pastoral care for those in need, for those who wish to become more involved, and for those experiencing milestones of baptism, confirmation, marriage and bereavement.
That the churches within the benefice are fully integrated, working together for the common good.
For more information and informal conversation please contact:
The Revd Alex Randle-Bissell, Priest in Charge of Pastrow on 01264 512161
Closing date: 26 September at 12 noon
Tour and Interviews: 7-8 October 2019
Application pack available at www.winchester.anglican.org or through pathways
An enhanced DBS check is required
The Pastrow Benefice is one of three in the Winchester Diocese which are running pilot programmes to see how new ideas and ways of doing things can reach out to the people in our rural communities, particularly those in the 20-40’s age bracket. This newly created HfD post is integral in helping us to discern this process and to develop a clear vision for our missions across the benefice in new and exciting ways.
• Be a creative and imaginative spiritual leader to those in the target age bracket, pointing them towards Christ.
• In his or her own life, able to model what it is to be in Christ
• Prayerfully discern how to connect effectively with those 20-40’s in our congregations and in our communities.
Worship and Preaching
• Inspire and revitalize the Church family.
• Develop styles of worship attractive to those in the 20-40s age bracket.
• Gather those being reached into a new worshipping community or integrate into an existing one congregation
Leadership and Collaboration
• Discern a clear vision for mission and ministry to those in their 20-40s and work towards it.
• Share in the leadership of the benefice in achieving its vision.
• Give support and leadership to the Missing Generations Team, to develop their spirituality,
pastoral care and promotion of the benefice vision.
Discipleship, Learning and Nurture
• Develop the discipleship of those in their 20-40’s.
• Discern the gifts and skills of others.
• Enable others to articulate and share their faith.
• Lead by example of a good, faithful and committed life balance.
• Have a clear understanding of Fresh Expressions and other forms of pioneer ministry and an appreciation of how these forms might connect with those in their 20-40’s.
• Understand the needs of 20-40s who are not church-goers and provide a flexible approach to making the Christian message more relevant to them.
• Be a visible presence to those in their 20-40’s.
Stewardship and Parish Organisation
• Communicate effectively and appropriately in writing, verbally and through social media.
• Be a confident delegator who can liaise with, encourage and maximise, laity work.
• Encourage a generous response to God’s goodness and blessings.
Ecumenism and links with other bodies
• Be willing to build links and work with other churches and other organisations wherever
• Will fully participate in and contribute to the life of the deanery (including synod and chapter) and diocese.
For more information about this application process, please use this link
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.