Wednesday, March 13, 2013

God calling

Within the Diocese of Christchurch
The Diocese of Christchurch is seeking
a Dean of the ChristChurch Cathedral
Expressions of interest are invited, and a Cathedral Profile
will be available in mid April.

REVISED Application Deadline: Tuesday, 4 June 2013

ChristChurch Cathedral has attracted world attention in recent years and is now looking for a mission-focused and visionary leader. Excellence in communication skills and particularly the proclamation of the word are priorities. The ability to direct and inspire the mission of the Cathedral for the next decade and beyond will be essential, as is the ability to form a relationship with the local and global community, as the ChristChurch Cathedral continues to work towards re-establishing herself in Cathedral Square.

The new Dean will preside in the post-earthquake Transitional Cathedral (opening Easter 2013) for up to ten years, and will possess a comprehensive knowledge of, and commitment to, Anglican liturgy and church music. Strong people skills and a love for the Gospel are of top importance. The Cathedral anticipates the new Dean will begin the appointment in the
latter part of 2013.

Interested inquirers should read the Cathedral webpages found at and .

Expressions of interest and request for further details should be sent to:
Bishop Victoria Matthews, Anglican Diocese of Christchurch,
Anglican Centre, PO Box 4438,
Christchurch, New Zealand 8140
email: or ring 03-348-6960

The Anglican Centre, Diocese of Christchurch, is seeking a
Full-time Communications and Media Officer
Application Deadline: Friday, 19 April 2013
The Anglican Centre is an umbrella organisation which includes:
• The Diocese of Christchurch including 69 parishes with 200 churches,
a number of Anglican schools and other institutions
• Anglican Care, the Social Services Council of the Diocese of
Christchurch and a member of a national network which is the largest
NGO in New Zealand
• Church Property Trustees (CPT) which holds in trust the property and assets of the Diocese.

The Communications & Media Officer’s role includes overall responsibility,
in consultation with the Bishop and/or senior staff, for media/risk management, website, print management and internal communications for the three entities listed above.

The ideal candidate will have skills in key areas including understanding the mission of the Church; writing and photographic skills; competency in public relations especially media releases, understanding of branding; well-developed IT and graphic skills and the ability to establish and maintain excellent internal and external communications.

He/she will have ability to write original material, edit and produce print and electronic publications and record key events in the life of the Church. He/she will be responsible for the continuing development of an effective Communications Strategy.

He/she will work with the senior management of the three entities and as time permits assist and advise on parish communication issues.

The position is full-time. Some flexibility in work hours will be required.
A job description and application form is available from:
The Diocesan Manager
Anglican Centre
PO Box 4438
Christchurch 8140
phone 03-348-6960 or e-mail:

Clergy Vacancies Within the Diocese of Christchurch:
The following parishes in the Diocese of Christchurch
will be coming vacant in the foreseeable future:

Avonside (full time)
Ashburton (full time)
Burwood (full time)
St Albans (full time)
South West Christchurch (St Nicholas)
Timaru( St Mary’s)
Oxford-Cust (50%)
Rakaia (part time)
Te Ngawai (part time)
Temuka (part time)
Tinwald (part time)
Woolston (part time)

Vacancies and searches for new Vicars may be affected by the Draft Proposal of the Structural Review Group that will be presented at pre-Synod Regional Meetings and Synod in April.

Our situation is challenging, the rewards are great in kingdom investments, is God calling you?


Father Ron Smith said...

I note, Peter, that - of the parishes mentioned as being 'vacant', that of Holy Trinity, Avonside has already been filled - by Fr. Aaron Annan. (I do hope there are not too many applicants from the Sydney Diocese!)

Regarding the post of diocesan Communications Officer, it should by now be obvious that this is a very strategic post - requiring real communication skills, untrammelled by spiritual or political bias against our Diocesan Bishop. To guarantee anything less would be a dis-service to both her and to the diocese.

Peter Carrell said...

I think you will find, Ron, that that is a temporary assistance for the time-being. The selection of a permanent incumbent as 'Vicar' has not occurred.

Some of our best clergy have been trained in Sydney. We should be slow to make generalisations about where we want or do not want our clergy to come from.