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Vicar: St Paul's Coven (House for Duty)

7th Jun 2018

The benefice is situated in the very pleasant semi-rural village community of Coven located in South Staffordshire on the North-West border of Wolverhampton.


The parish has passed a resolution under the House of Bishops' Declaration.


Bishop Jonathan writes:


The Christian community that has set out in this profile its call to priests who have been formed in the catholic tradition in the Church of England and are excited about its future, to join them in serving the Lord in Coven, has a strong sense of commitment to their wider community and hope for the future.


The congregation rightly has a high expectation of the spiritual leadership and teaching of their parish priest, but they also have a growing sense also of the shared mission of clergy and people, and of the challenge of community evangelism. They are imaginative and forward-looking in terms of communication and outreach, dedicated to growing in and sharing with others the rich spiritual treasures of catholic faith, worship and evangelism, to meeting human need, and to supporting one another as a real family in Christ.


I pray that as you read you will remain open to the possibility that it is indeed you whom God is calling, and that if he is then you will apply so that we have the opportunity to take the conversation further.


We’re praying for you – please pray for us.




Enquiries and application forms from the Archdeacon of Lichfield, the Ven Simon Baker.

Tel: 01543 306 145



All applicants should have 3 years' experience in the Church of England or another Anglican church in the British Isles.

Coven Parish Profile

Vicar, The Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin, Nuneaton

7th Jun 2018

St Mary's is a parish rich in its history and Anglo-Catholic tradition, with an iconic building and excellent school links.


Applications are welcome from priests in the Anglo-Catholic tradition registered with The Society, or who are willing do so, and who:


  • Are a positive role model to the congregation and wider Diocese in growing healthy churches in the Anglo-Catholic tradition, with the Eucharist at the heart of worship, contributing to the already positive influence Society churches are bringing to the health and diversity of the wider Diocese;
  • Sense God may be calling them to a congregation in reasonable health but one which needs support in areas which are currently weaker;
  • Value and enjoy working in schools, including being a governor, and can translate that work into reaching and attracting young families; and
  • Able to laugh and have fun with us and the local community!

Bishop Jonathan writes:

"Working together creatively in partnership - intentionally evangelizing at every step - is the most important mission strategy.  The key quality we shall want to see in the new parish priest is a capacity and willingness to put himself at the service of relationships and partnerships in and beyond the worshipping congregation.  It's when friends and partners are, in their diffierent ways, taking each other seriously and gratefully and interacting with each other, that relationships enable the Gospel to grow and that's where priestly leadership makes all the difference.  For the church and for this parish at this moment, we need priests who are willing to serve its relationships and partnerships with vision and delight.  I hope that priest is you.


+ Jonathan


Informal conversations welcome.  Please contact:

Archdeacon Missioner, Ven Morris Rodham, tel: 07506 731 892 or

Area Dean, Rev Frank Seldon, tel 024 76 34 64 13 or or

The Bishop of Ebbsfleet's Representative, Fr Dexter Bracey, tel: 024 76 71 16 87 or


Further details and an application form can be downloaded from the Diocesan website:


Closing Date: Friday 29 June 2018, 12.00 noon

Interviews: Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th July 2018


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