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

Harwich Rural Missioner

Location: North East Essex



This is an exciting and unique opportunity for a full-time, stipendiary, ordained minister to work in partnership with another colleague and the wider deanery team in shaping a new approach to rural ministry within the Harwich Deanery.


We have appointed one Missioner already and we are looking for another pioneering leader to share with them in the normal duties of parish priest across nine distinctive rural parishes in north-east Essex (Dedham, Ardleigh, The Bromleys, Little Bentley, Great Oakley, Tendring, Wrabness, Wix and Beaumont-cum-Moze), and to serve as Area Dean.


What we are looking for in our Rural Missioner (Area Dean):


  • An appreciation of and desire to build on the inclusive and generously hospitable culture of these parishes
  • A missional mindset to ministry that seeks every opportunity to grow the church numerically and spiritually
  • A willingness to embrace change and experience of leading and supporting others through change
  • A love and understanding of rural ministry as a ministry of both presence and place and the capacity for creativity and innovation in shaping a new approach to rural ministry
  • Active and collaborative leadership, offering encouragement, direction and support across the churches and communities in the deanery


For further details please also see:


For an informal conversation please contact the Ven Ruth Patten, Archdeacon of Colchester on 01376 513130.


For an application form please email or call the Archdeacon of Colchester’s office on the number above.


Closing date: Monday 17th October

Visits: Thursday 17th November

Interviews: Friday 18th November

Closing Date: 17 October 2022

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