Transforming the communities of Essex & East London through Christ’s presence

Associate Priest, Luso-Hispanic Mission

Location: The London Borough of Newham

At least 6,000 people in Newham are Portuguese or Spanish speaking.  Some are from Europe, others from Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Caribbean and many of these are in economically fragile circumstances. In 2019, a Portuguese speaking congregation was started from scratch, based at St Martin of Tours, Plaistow, one of the churches in the East Ham MMP. 

In 14 months, and despite the Covid restrictions, this has grown to 37 people who meet weekly using a Portuguese translation of Common Worship with a Charismatic flavour. These services are in the Anglo-Catholic tradition and are meeting the cultural and religious expectations of the great majority of Portuguese speakers.

We want to develop the work at St Martin’s into a Portuguese and Spanish speaking Anglo-Catholic Resourcing Church which can plant further congregations within the Luso-Hispanic communities across Newham. We can see a great opportunity in places such as Plaistow and Forest Gate to plant new congregations, both within existing church contexts where this becomes a second worshipping community or later on for the creation of a multi-lingual church.

We see four vibrant and multi-lingual growing Anglo-Catholic outward-looking congregations, where a deep relationship with Jesus Christ, the local community and the wider Church is developed. We aspire to reaching out to, welcoming and empowering all people but with an emphasis on BAME people, women and non-English speakers and to promote their full integration and growth both in Church and society.

We aim to draw people into relationship with Christ, and therefore into the Body of Christ, the church.

We are mindful of the centrality of sacraments to God’s mission in the life of the church, bringing the grace of conversion into the lives of individuals and communities and sending out believers to witness to the joyful truth of the Gospel by acts of loving service and challenge to injustice.

Laity and clergy together play a leading role in combining committed service of those in need with a rule of life and pattern of daily prayer and a community living amongst, and finely tuned to the circumstances in which they live.

The successful candidate will work alongside and under the supervision of the project lead in a relationship marked by joint prayer, mutual co-operation and mutual accountability. Together they will devise and implement strategies to deliver the project goals, which are:

  • 300 disciples spread over four worshipping communities.
  • A 10% rise in attendance across the established congregations around the MMP.
  • Two new vocations to ordained ministry and three lay vocations over the course of five years.
  • A significant contribution to providing support in housing, employment and mental well-being for some of the most vulnerable people of the borough.

The successful candidate will be provided with a two-bedroom flat at St Edmund's, Forest Gate and will be expected to nurture sacramentally and to support pastorally the existing English speaking congregation at St Edmund’s church. They will be key in identifying opportunities for growth in this church and the community where it is established and to promote a healthy exchange with emerging congregations.

Person Specification



An Anglican priest ordained within an Anglican Church in communion with the See of Canterbury and in good-standing with their ordinary.


As well as English, a fluent speaker and writer of either Spanish or Portuguese but ideally fluent in both romance languages.


Experience in church planting.


Good knowledge and understanding of at least one of three cultures: Latin-American, Iberian, Luso-African.


The post-holder must have the right to reside and work in the UK




Experience or at least eagerness to work with socially deprived people.


Experience at or willingness to be involved in community organising.


Experience in youth work.


Good liturgical knowledge and sound sacramental practice, with experience in drawing up material from distinct liturgical sources.


Good computer skills and technological competence.


Musical skills are not a must and yet a welcomed plus.





Able to ‘read the signs’ and identify missional opportunities.


Able to engage with and cherish different Christian and cultural traditions, always seeking to find common ground without compromising their faith and failing to share it whenever appropriate.


Pro-active attitude.


Flexible and adaptable to change.


Willing to learn and to incorporate constructive feedback.


Honest critic whilst a problem-solver.


Team player.

For further information, please contact

The Archdeacon of West Ham -


Please note: In accordance with the Equality Act 2010 it is a genuine occupational requirement that the post holder is a practising Christian.

Closing Date: 26 November 2021

Further Details

  • Vacancy Location: The London Borough of Newham

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