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The Bishop of Portsmouth wishes to appoint a Priest-in-charge for the parish of Holy Spirit Southsea.

Our diocese is made up of more than 11,000 worshippers in 139 Church of England parishes across south-east Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. It is led by our Bishop, and includes clergy, readers, retired clergy, chaplains, paid staff and thousands of volunteers who work in our parishes.

Our diocese is also divided into seven deaneries, each of which co-ordinates the mission and ministry of parishes in their area.

The Church of The Holy Spirit is in the heart of Southsea. It is surrounded and supported by a number of parishes in the Portsmouth Deanery in particular St James Church Milton where both priests are jointly licensed to each other's churches. There are strong links between both parishes.

Post Introduction

The Church of The Holy Spirit Southsea is an active and highly motivated church within the anglo-catholic tradition expressing their faith through strong musical tradition, the use of traditional High Anglican ritual and a varied community and social life.

The PCC has requested that arrangements be made for it in accordance with the House of Bishop's Declaration on the Ministry of Bishops and Priests. It is under the care of the Bishop of Richborough.

Holy Spirit's vision is to seek to continue to flourish and grow in the catholic tradition within the Church of England.

Main Responsibility

  • to foster real growth both numerically and spiritually
  • to be a church that is responsive to God's love and to God's call to all
  • to be joyful in worship and constant in prayer
  • to help the parish to be an open and inviting church relevant to all


The Ideal Candidate

  • The new priest-in-charge will guide the parish in faith and mission to serve God in the community in the spirit of catholic teaching and practice.
  • He will have leadership qualities and will be able to inspire and nurture the gifts of parishioners, churchwardens and the PCC.
  • He will be able to lead the parish in their mission priorities, reaching out to the younger and older generations alike.
  • He will support the parish to be united in care for each other and for the world we live in.
  • He will show commitment to enriching ecumenical partnerships within the city and neighbouring churches.






About Us

We have a framework to guide our diocese in the future - and it can be summed up in just three words. 

live | pray | serve will be our motto for the future, as we seek to equip people to live as disciples of Christ; to pray, individually and together as worshipping communities; and to serve our local neighbourhoods and society together.

To achieve this, we will encourage and support our parishes, chaplaincies and church schools as they aim to:

  • make disciples of Christ;
  • grow our churches;
  • equip people for lifelong learning; and
  • promote the transformation of society.

These four strands embrace all the work covered by our central diocesan teams, but are also picked up through engagement with individual worshippers and in local parishes, communities, chaplaincies, and schools.



To discuss the role, please contact the Archdeacon of Portsdown, the Venerable Dr Joanne Grenfell: joanne.grenfell@portsmouth.anglican.org

The closing date for this post is Friday, 16th February 2018 and the interviews and visits are on Thursday, 1st and Friday, 2nd March 2018.


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