Church vacancies:

Vacancies for mission minded church leaders and pioneers.

Opportunities exist within Rural Ministries' growing partnership for gifted people to serve as pastors and church planters. Undoubtedly the challenges are considerable but the spiritual resources available are greater.

Rural church leaders come from a variety of backgrounds and possess different dominant gifts. Each requires faith, perseverance and the ability to establish relationships with a range of people. You will need to be convinced that as the Bible is opened, God is at work. Any Pastor must seek to minister to those in the church while being deeply concerned for those outside. Immersing yourself in the local community and finding ways to serve are essential.

Our partner churches are in different locations with widely differing contexts for ministry. As well as some full-time positions, other churches are seeking part-time help. These churches would be ideal for those prepared for some "tent-making" work or have other financial support. A church property may be available. Some Pastors already in ministry may find a change to working in a rural context very fulfilling. There is a different pace of life and evidence that one spiritually alive church may impact a whole area. We would also like to establish some training positions where someone may work with the help of a more experienced local pastor.

If you consider God may be calling and preparing you to face the challenges of rural ministry, then please contact us.

Current Opportunities

We have a number of vacancies which are given below. Please bear in mind the following points:

  • Where a vacancy is listed as 'External Vacancy' applications are to made direct to the organisation concerned. Otherwise all contact should be made through Rural Ministries.

  • All information about a vacancy is given below and we do not have additional information to sent to enquirers.

  • We are unable to disclose the location or name of Partner churches.

  • All Rural Ministries applications must be made using our application form (below).

Details of the Rural Ministries application process can be seen here

Before applying for a Rural Ministries vacancy please note that:

  • You must have the right to work in the UK.

  • You must be able to attend an interview in the UK at your own cost.


+ Growing younger pioneer catalyst
  Location: somerset

Posted on behalf of the Diocese of Bath & Wells:

We’re looking for an experienced pioneer who will join our great team based in the Tone Deanery, north-west of Taunton to:

  • Create at least one rural fresh expression with young families
  • Coach others across the deanery working with children and families in contextual mission
  • Connect our rural churches with the wider church and share our stories
  • Champion and develop lay ministries
We are seeking a pioneer who:
  • Has experience of new church initiatives with children, schools and families
  • Has experience of enabling others through training, coaching and mentoring
  • Will act as a catalyst for growing the rural church younger across the Tone Deanery
Salary of £26,163 per annum plus housing allowance of £8,313.

Full time, fixed term for 5 years.

Please go to the Diocesan website to download an application pack for a full person specification and job description, as well as more information on the context of the role and the vision of the Deanery. Completed application forms and covering letters need to be returned by email to HR by the closing date.

Closing date: Wednesday 3rd April 2019

An Occupational Requirement exists for the post-holder to be a practising Christian in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. This role will require an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check.