ARCHDEACONRY OF BERKSHIRE
A rural, 3 parish Benefice (Basildon, Aldworth and Ashampstead) in West Berkshire, is looking for a Vicar who will relish the opportunity to lead our committed Ministry team in a clear and collaborative manner. Each parish wishes to work closely together without losing its own identity.
We would like our new vicar to:
- Be led by the Holy Spirit to explore, with us, Christ’s purpose among us.
- Have passion and energy to enthuse and integrate people.
- Help us draw more young people and families into the life of the church.
- Continue to nurture the excellent links we already have with local schools.
- Be flexible to different approaches to worship.
- Enjoy living among us and relish having some of the loveliest riverside and down-land scenery on your doorstep.
A full DBS Disclosure will be required.
For further details including Profile and Job Description and to Apply please visit: http://ctjob.uk/FFPDSG
Or visit the Oxford Diocesan website: www.oxford.anglican.org/vacancies
Closing Date: 2 March 2020 (Midday)
Interview Date: 19 March 2020
The Diocese of Oxford serves the mission of the Church in Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire. The Diocese comprises more than 600 parishes, with over 800 churches, serving a diverse population of more than 2 million people located in all types of settings.
Working alongside the Bishop of Oxford we have three Area Bishops who exercise considerable strategic and pastoral oversight for their areas. The Bishop of Reading is the Rt Revd Olivia Graham who has been the Area Bishop since 2019. Stephen Pullin is the Berkshire archdeacon designate who will take up his post in March 2020.
Since the appointment in 2017 of the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft as Bishop of Oxford, a common vision has emerged for the Diocese of Oxford. The vision is based on the qualities described in The Beatitudes and addresses what kind of church we are called to be:
a more Christ-like Church for the sake of God’s world:
contemplative, compassionate, courageous.
Together we have identified five focus areas:
- making a bigger difference in the world
- catechesis and discipleship
- growing new congregations
- serving our schools, children and young people
- celebrating and blessing the city of Milton Keynes
These are not a description of everything that we do and will not all be reflected in the vision for each parish church, but these priorities are being supported centrally by resources and training.
The diocese is inviting benefices and their clergy to share a vision rather than demanding a response. It wants all its clergy to be motivated by hope rather than being driven by anxiety, and thereby to flourish in their ministry.
It is hoped that clergy appointed into the Archdeaconry of Berkshire will want to commit to this vision and encourage their benefices to share in becoming a more Christ-like church for the sake of God’s world.
Closing date: 02 March 2020