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.


+ Pastor (Part Time)
  Location: South Gloucestershire

Cromhall Chapel is seeking a part time pastor. The Chapel was founded in 18123 but has modern facilities.

We regularly have around 40 at our morning service and 25–30 at our evening service. We have 27 members, 2 associate members and 13 regular hearers along with many occasional hearers and “friends” of the Chapel. Whilst an older congregation demographically, we are a spritely fellowship with a desire to reach our community with the Gospel.

We have two services each Lord’s Day; a monthly crafters outreach group; a growing weekly Tots ministry; very strong links with the school (our pastor is presently a governor and takes Collective Worship there weekly); a weekly Bible study and prayer meeting (of which a majority of members attending); a bi-monthly men’s and women’s breakfast (the latter of which is well attended, especially by many outside the Chapel).

We have three partners in mission and many additional ministries that we support.

Description of role:

  • Pastoral-Elder to chair the Eldership
  • Approx. 20 hours/ week + Lord’s Days
  • Preach once a week, or one of our two services each Lord’s Day (attend services otherwise, when not preaching elsewhere)
  • Ideally engage with the local school as a governor and in collective worship
  • Oversee:Weekly Bible study, pastoral visitation and care, various ministries (see above), some administrative tasks, vision and mission
  • Engage with the FIEC as appropriate (i.e. local fraternal)
Remuneration
  • Superannuation (3% of stipend)
  • Starting from £11,500 dependent upon gifting, experience and education
  • 4 Weeks Holiday
  • 2 Weeks Continuing Education/Retreat/Conference allowance
  • Possibility of an affordable rental accomodation
More information about the Chapel and the role is available from our website To submit an application send your cover letter and CV to Chris Crocker.

Closing date for applications: 1st July 2019

+ Rural Resourcing Church Planter and Associate Leader
  Location: Suffolk

Passionate about sharing God’s light? Could God be calling you to Suffolk to help pioneer Lightwave – an ecclesial community, developing small missional groups all over the county. Lightwave is at the heart of the SDF funded project ‘Growing in God in the Countryside’. It’s all about growing new disciples and new ways of being church in rural settings. Our hope and prayer is for our beautiful county to be transformed by the love of Christ including 1,500 new disciples in the countryside in the next five years.

Based at the beautiful campus at Otley, develop outreach opportunities in partnership with the college and the Lightwave team, both locally and county-wide. Plus engage in missional listening to plant one of three Rural Resourcing Churches.

Closing date for applications: 5th June 2019

For more details about this exciting project and to apply please visit: www.cofesuffolk.org/vacancies