Vacancy: Vicar, Parish of Otumoetai, Tauranga, Diocese of Waiapu (Closes 21st November 2018)

Bishop Andrew Hedge is looking to appoint a priest as Vicar of the Parish of Otumoetai, Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty. Otumoetai is a suburb of Tauranga City, on the north-western peninsula of the city looking out toward Tauranga Harbour, Mt Maunganui and Matakana Island.

The parish has one worship centre, St John’s Church, which is a well-maintained plant offering flexibility in the worship space and includes several meeting areas, offices and a hall in one integrated building. The parish operates the “Oasis Op Shop and Drop-in Centre” in the set of shops adjacent to the church. The ministry of the parish includes Messy Church, three playgroups, a Toy Library, pastoral care team and a wide range of parish and other community-facing activities. It has served the local community since the early 1950’s and continues to do so in this fast-growing part of New Zealand. The parish does not own a vicarage so instead a housing allowance or rental accommodation will be provided within the parish for the successful applicant.

The person the parish seeks for this role as Vicar needs to:

  • be energetic
  • have proven leadership skills with a willingness to develop a team
  • be a good communicator, enabler and encourager, with the ability to think and work laterally
  • be an encourager of ministry to and with children and young people and their families
  • be supportive of Messy Church in the parish
  • have a strong liturgical grounding able to provide for traditional and a contemporary worship
  • be able to engage with a wide range of music styles
  • encourage the parish in its engagement with its wider community
  • be able to show genuine interest in people and the life of the parish
  • have an open theological perspective
  • be a warm and friendly personality.

For expressions of interest please contact in the first instance Colleen Marriott (Office Manager, Diocese of Waiapu)  for a Parish Profile.

Closing date for applications is Wednesday 21st  November, 2018.