Making a difference in market towns

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Opportunities to share in ground-breaking ministry 

Over the next two years, we are looking to appoint clergy in a number of market town parishes, all of which are involved in our ground-breaking major Diocesan project, Changing Market Towns. We are looking for colleagues who are:

  • Confident in God - rooted in prayer and scripture
  • Committed to holiness and personal transformation
  • Adventurous and visionary, willing to see the church through the eyes of those who do not attend
  • Mission-focused, with a passion for community engagement
  • Courageous, taking risks, accepting failure and ready to try again
  • Empowering leaders, fully committed to working with others as part of a town team
  • Hospitable and generous when engaging with the local community
  • Open and willing to work with and learn from others as part of a strong network of market town churches across the Diocese

We are committed to developing a thriving ‘Blended Economy’ of church life - new expressions of church alongside and integrated with inherited church. 

You may be able to move in straight away, or are just thinking about a move. We don’t mind but we would like to have a conversation with you - with no commitment on either side. We are exploring who might be the right person to minister in a number of market towns, with vacancies that will emerge across a range of timescales. Some are town leader posts, but others will be flexible, mission-focused support roles. All are creative and exciting!

We aim to provide excellent accommodation (our Properties Department regularly receives positive comments from clergy) and strong Diocesan commitment to clergy wellbeing.

The Diocese is passionate about supporting parish ministry. The Changing Market Towns project will provide fully-funded support posts, along with a significantly-enhanced level of training and resources over the five-year period of the project and beyond.

If you are open to the opportunity to make a permanent difference to churches and communities in small towns that need to know they matter to God, please get in touch.

Contact the Archdeacon of Huntingdon and Wisbech [email protected]

or the Bishop’s Change Officer for Market Towns [email protected]


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