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

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.


Closing date: 6 July 2018 at 12.00 noon

Familiarisation day: 18 July 2018

Interviews: 26 July 2018

Coven Parish Profile

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

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

Nuneaton Parish Profile

North Potteries Team: Team Vicar (Designate)

This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of shaping the new Team Ministry of the North Potteries Ministry along with the Team Rector (Designate).  All 3 parishes of the proposed team ministry have passed the Declaration according to the House of Bishops Resolution and are under the episcopal oversight of the Bishop of Ebbsfleet.


Initially the Team Vicar will work in the parish of S. Werburgh, Burslem, and later in the parish of Holy Trinity, Sneyd, as well.  Subject to a pending pastoral scheme, these two parishes are joining with the parish of S. Saviour, Smallthorne in mid-2018 and are looking to the future to build on the past.


Bishop Jonathan writes:


We often speak of God’s faithfulness – and about our Christian faithfulness as mirroring his.  St Werbergh’s is a place where the sheer abiding faithfulness of God has been clearly at work.  The lay people of this community – like those at the other churches who are due, soon, to be part of the North Potteries Team Ministry – have a deep double loyalty:   to the inheritance of Anglo-Catholic faith and practice as their inspiration, and to the people of their neighbourhood and their needs.  They are deeply embedded in the kinds of community the Church finds hard to reach, in a part of Stoke that has changed much in recent decades.


We need a priest who can guide this community confidently into a period of renewal, outreach and growth, growing closer to their fellow Christians at St Saviour and Holy Trinity, and renewing the catholic and sacramental approach to mission and evangelism – which is not only the hope of the parish but a declared need of the whole deanery.  You would be working in a supportive grouping of catholic parish clergy and deanery colleagues, and ministering a much needed sense of hope and enterprise. 


We are praying for you as you read.


+ Jonathan


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


Enquiries and application form from the Bishop of Stafford: the Right Reverend Geoff Annas.


Tel: 01782 373 308



Closing date: 1 July 2018

Interviews: 27 July 2018

North Potteries Team Parish Profile


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