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Working for the Anglican Diocese of Christchurch

The Diocese of Christchurch is in the process of re-imagining itself after 13,000 earthquakes and aftershocks. We are a bit tired after 5.5 years of earthquake response but we are in good heart.

What we really need are additional clergy and lay leaders who have energy, vision and creativity for a new day dedicated to God’s great glory, in the name of Jesus the risen Saviour through the power of the Holy Spirit.

If you feel God is calling you to come and join the Diocese of Christchurch, we want to hear from you. What are your gifts and passions? What sort of spiritual disciplines keep you in touch with God? How do you best express your creativity? Finally, what can you offer a city and Diocese that is badly bruised yet populated by disciples deeply dedicated to the service and worship of Jesus our Lord who is ever ancient and ever new.

Below we list our present vacancies which include someone with a vision for leadership in the area of children and families ministries and a number of parishes. In the words of Jesus in the Gospel of John, “Come and see”.

+Victoria Matthews


How to apply

To inquire about one of the vacancies listed below please phone: 03 348 6701.

To apply for one of the vacancies listed below please send us your:

  • CV

And, if applicable:

  • a response to the relevant church profile (three page limit)
  • a statement about your personal approach to ministry

Applications can be sent to:




Associate Minister – St. Christopher’s Avonhead, Christchurch

St Christopher’s is an evangelical Anglican church of 300+ people who love the Lord Jesus. With schools and the University close by, our church’s vision is to reach out to the next generation with the good news of Christ as well as continue growing into Christ-like maturity.

We are eager to grow our staff team to work in equipping God’s people for our shared vision.

We’re aiming to appoint a full-time Associate Minister. Could this be you, or someone that you know? If yes, we’re eager to talk.

We are prayerfully seeking a Christian minister who:

  • Loves the Lord Jesus, has a desire to reach people with the good news of God’s grace, and to see our church grow into Christlike maturity.
  • Has evidence of a life of discipleship in following Jesus.
  • Welcomes the Protestant, Reformed and outwardly engaged stance of modern Anglican mission and ministry.
  • Servant-hearted, humble and energetic in taking risks to grow the influence of the gospel with the next generation.
  • A theological degree to a Bachelors or higher level.
  • Able to teach the Bible with clarity, conviction and care.
  • A willingness to work collaboratively in a team environment with an ability to train leaders and co-ordinate ministry teams.
  • Skills for worship in singing or leading music warmly welcomed.
  • Anglican ordination welcomed, though not essential.

The right person might work to pastor our families and cultivate young adults in the faith. The role has flexibility for the right applicant, in order to make best use our collective abilities in the Lord’s service.

This is a full-time role, working collegially with the Vicar. The role has the normal requirements and expectations around ethical Christian character, as well as routine police vetting checks for working with children.

For more information about our church, get in touch through our website or via our office, phone (03) 358 8780 or +64 3 358 8780.

For a job description please email

As all ordained appointments are licensed, please submit such applications to the Bishop of Christchurch with a CV, and a statement about your faith and personal approach to ministry:
Closing date is Monday 12th February 2018.


Hospital Chaplain Vacancy – St George’s Hospital

The Anglican Diocese of Christchurch has a vacancy for half-time Anglican priest who will be the hospital chaplain at St George’s Hospital. The Chaplain offers a ministry of presence and prayer to everyone on site at St George’s Hospital, including patients, their family, whānau, the staff and management. The successful applicant will be able to minister to all in a multi-denominational and multi-faith environment, be caring, prayerful, open minded, confident and flexible.

For a position description please contact

Applicants should submit a CV and response to the position description to the same email by 18 February, 2018.



Vicar– St Michael and All Angels

St Michael and All Angels is an Anglo-Catholic parish in the centre of Christchurch. Inspired by the Oxford Movement of 19th century England, this is a liberal Catholic parish that is forward-looking and committed to social justice and education. It is also, in its belief in the beauty of holiness, committed to excellence in liturgy, in which the singing of a superb choir plays an integral part.

Although the church building itself fared well during the earthquakes in 2010 and 2011, St Michael’s Church School was badly affected by being immediately adjacent to the largely demolished inner city. In addition, the old stone building, used jointly by the school and parish, was badly damaged.  It has now been restored and the School is slowly recovering its student enrolment.

St Michael’s offers a sanctuary of peace and the presence of Christ in the centre of the city. On one side it is opposite the new Justice and Emergency Precinct and on another it faces the Memorial Wall, where all those, both from Christchurch and overseas, come to remember and to mourn the victims of the earthquakes. Within the next few years, the church also has an enormous opportunity for outreach into the community with the return of thousands of workers to the city and with the expected influx of inner city residents into the new apartment complexes.

There is a daily Mass and on Sundays there are three services: a said Mass at 8.00 am, choral Mass with high ceremonial at 10.00 am and Evensong with Benediction at 7.00 pm three Sundays a month. On the fourth Sunday there is Compline. Twice a month there is also Communion at 3.00 pm – a more informal service aimed primarily at young people.

Following the sudden death Fr. Andrew Starky, the most recent and greatly loved vicar, on Easter Eve 2017, the parish seeks a faithful, prayerful priest who is committed to embracing the Anglo-Catholic tradition, who is an imaginative and challenging preacher and who is able to seize the opportunity to grow St Michael’s into a vibrant inner-city church.

A parish profile and an expression of interest form are available by emailing the office of Bishop Victoria Matthews of the Diocese of Christchurch:

Applications, must include a CV, a response to the profile of not more than four pages, and a statement about your faith and personal approach to ministry, are to be sent to:
Closing date is Wed 28 February 2018