Vacancies

All enquiries concerning the parishes listed below should be directed to the Bishop of Ebbsfleet's Office unless otherwise indicated. 
All appointments are of a parish priest unless otherwise stated. Details of the terms of the appointment are usually available with the parish details.

Vicar (Benefice of South with New Hinksey, Oxford)



We are seeking to appoint a priest of The Society for this half-time role who is:

  • deeply formed in prayer (both liturgical and personal), the Scriptures and the sacraments;
  • able to nurture spiritual growth and to lead in evangelism and service;
  • a hardworking pastor;
  • able to communicate effectively with people in and beyond the church.

The Bishop of Ebbsfleet writes:

 

Oxford is famous for its ecclesiastical as well as its wide social diversity.  Situated in the city’s southern outskirts, the parish is unique among its churches as a committedly traditional Anglo-Catholic parish.  But its commitments are far from narrow.  “We believe in God’s love and generosity to all his people through Jesus”, says the parish’s mission statement, “and as his people in this place we hold out our hands in welcome.”  Therefore we are seeking a confident priest, rooted in Catholic tradition, (and probably already affiliated to The Society) to minister in the parish, who can deepen the communal life, and widen the service and outreach of the two congregations, and who will enable it to play a visible part in the mission of the Deanery and See city overall. 
 
While the parish has long been under the pastoral and sacramental oversight of the Bishops of Ebbsfleet, it will be important, as you read, to keep in mind the wider life of the diocese and the next stages in its overall vision and priorities.  They can be explored in more detail on the diocesan website:  https://www.oxford.anglican.org/schools/the-diocesan-vision/.
 
In addition to what I have outlined above, Bishop Steven and I would expect the priest we appoint to be a man whose love for the Church, and whose passion for Christian formation, for mission and for community engagement, reveals
 
• a deep sacramental spirituality with a discipline of prayer;

• an understanding of the sacraments as primary missionary tools for church growth in number and in spiritual gifts;

• a generous inclusivity, so as to engage effectively with a range of opinions and background;

• an ability to think theologically and communicate effectively;

• a warmth of character and a high value for relationships;

• a disciplined life that gives proper time to work, prayer and rest.
 
If, with all modesty, you recognize yourself in these qualities, and you are trying to discern a fresh pastoral responsibility, I hope that you will take that discernment to the next stage with us.

 

For an informal conversation, please contact either the Archdeacon of Oxford (01865 208 263) or the Bishop of Ebbsfleet (0118 948 1038).

 

For an application form and further details, please visit the Diocese of Oxford's website https://www.oxford.anglican.org/vicar-for-the-benefice-of-south-with-new-hinksey-oxford-half-time/

 

Closing date: Midday, Monday 18th March;

Interviews: Thursday 28th March