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Prior, Community of St Anselm, Lambeth Palace

Please Note: The application deadline for this post has now passed.


The Prior works under the overall authority and leadership of the Abbot, and will therefore needs to have good working knowledge of the Church of England if not from an Anglican background.   You will be responsible for the leadership of the Community of St Anselm and the overall spiritual, pastoral and practical wellbeing of its members, taken from very diverse ecclesial and cultural backgrounds.  Due to the spiritual leadership role and sacramental focus of the role, you are required to be a licensed minister within a Christian tradition.  As an ecumenical community, we welcome the ministry of those from other parts of the Christian tradition and worldwide church.

To find out more about the Community of St Anslem please visit our website http://stanselm.org.uk


Post Introduction

The Community of St Anselm, launched two years ago by Archbishop Justin Welby, invites young Christians from around the world to spend ‘a year in God’s time’ at Lambeth Palace.

We are seeking to appoint a Prior to help us reach the next stage of development and maturity, to develop our vision for young people empowered to live a life marked by prayer, reconciliation and an overwhelming desire to share the Good News. Your central focus will be to provide spiritual and pastoral leadership for the community.

You will be an inspiring leader, implementing and bringing to life the Archbishop’s vison while widening the project to attract wider participation.   Due to the spiritual leadership role and sacramental focus of the role, the applicant is required to be a licensed minister within a Christian tradition.

To live up to the challenges of this role, you will bring substantial experience of leadership, be able to work collaboratively with a heightened ability to negotiate complex relationships and promote understanding. Your abilities will include spiritual maturity expressed in self-awareness and depth of personal faith and discipleship.

The post requires you to live in provided accommodation at Lambeth Palace, work flexible hours, spend time on retreat with the community and significantly share in its daily life.

To find out more about the Community of St Anslem please visit our website http://stanselm.org.uk

Role Responsibility

  • Implementing the Archbishop’s vision for the Community of St Anselm. This includes steering that vision and widening the project to attract more non-residents and the formation of a dispersed community.
  • Take overall responsibility for the pastoral care of the community. This would include inspiring the members of the Community of St Anselm to commit to and embrace their year’s experience together of community life, personal spiritual development, prayer, and service through a strong personal example of commitment, presence, listening, and care; as well as sensitive but firm leadership to hold the group together in unity through the year.
  • Continually reviewing, promoting and implementing an on-going annual pattern of personal and corporate prayer, of study and teaching, and of practical service for both residential and non-residential Community Members.
  • Together with the staff team, recruiting candidates for this time of commitment to life in the Community and overseeing the logistical arrangements for their arrival, accommodation and care.
  • Taking responsibility for all matters of discipline and direction for Community Members during their year-long commitment, in collaboration with the Dean and staff team.
  • Managing the staff and volunteers who serve in the Community. The Prior will be responsible for oversight of the work of the Dean in their stewardship and development of the Community’s infrastructure.
  • Liaise with key stakeholders, including Trustees and attend meetings as invited.
  • Together with the prior, representing the Community in wider contexts, including networking and building relationships and partnerships between the Community and other agencies and churches, fostering connections with other Established, Acknowledged and Emerging Religious Communities.
  • Sharing in the development of a successful communications and media strategy for the Community, in collaboration with the Lambeth Palace Press Office.
  • As prior of the community, leading the Community in daily worship and actively participating in the worship of Lambeth Palace, overseen by the Archbishop’s Chaplain.
  • Carrying out other duties in relation to the Community of St Anselm, as required.

The Ideal Candidate



  • Pioneering vision and drive for a project still in its early stages.
  • Ability to listen actively and accompany others in their spiritual journey.
  • Natural authority in situations where authority may be questioned by the group, but firm direction is needed
  • Proven spiritual leadership skills.
  • Proven teaching skills, at both plenary and small-group levels.
  • Skills in managing difference and/or mediating in delicate situations of conflict.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


  • Experience and/or understanding of new or traditional monastic communities.
  • Experience of work in the spiritual formation of young adults.
  • In-depth understanding of the workings of a member church within the Anglican Communion.
  • Sensitive to different traditions found within Anglicanism and beyond.
  • Experience of managing people.
  • Experience of being counselled or accompanied (in a context of spiritual direction) by another. Receiving spiritual direction and professional supervision are a requirement of this role.

Personal Attributes:

  • Faith expressed in prayer and reflection, rooted in the Scriptures and their application to the realities of life.
  • Spiritual maturity expressed in self-awareness and depth of personal faith and discipleship.
  • Some understanding for both ‘traditional’ and ‘contemporary’ in church life (in terms of styles/expressions of worship, ministry and mission).
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a variety of settings, to delegate and to supervise staff.


  • A licensed minister within a Christian tradition.
  • A degree in Theology/Religious Studies or equivalent.  


  • The post-holder will need to be able to work flexible hours. This not an office-based job and the post-holder will therefore be expected to work unsociable hours, spend time on retreat with the community and significantly share in the daily life of the community.
  • Work within the employee framework of the NCIs.
  • It is a requirement of the post that the post holder live in provided accommodation at Lambeth Palace.

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