Priest in Charge - St John and St James Orrell Hey and St Phillip’s Litherland
We are looking for a talented priest to lead a team of churches in the Litherland and Orrell Hey areas of North Liverpool. With a proposed team of three churches, each with a close working relationship, this appointment comes at a crucial and exciting time. The Priest in Charge will be expected to shape the structure and vision for the team leading towards establishing a Team Rector post. They will also oversee the appointment of another priest who will become the Team Vicar.
The Priest in Charge will be able to choose one of two vicarages in the area.
Applications Close - 25th January 2018
Interviews - 23rd February 2018
The three churches are in predominately urban residential areas with a real mix of housing types matched by a strong community and family feel. The churches have deep roots into the community. The area is handily located for Liverpool City Centre and the Sefton coast line. Church buildings across the team vary in character: St John and St James, in particular, benefits from a newly refurbished centre and St Philip’s was recently re-ordered.
The team benefits form a ministry team with a broad range of interests, skills and experience. These include a full time Children and Families Worker funded by the deanery. We also have one retired and one self-supporting priest, a number of Readers and Church Wardens. The group council is lively and forward thinking and have worked together on the parish profile.
There are many challenges but a strong desire to work together to serve the community and build a bigger church making a bigger difference in the local community.
The team is looking for a priest who will:
- Enable us to grow in breadth and depth developing a vision for growth
- Encourage people to use their gifts in God’s service
- Work collaboratively with our diverse leadership team
- Help make the most of baptisms, weddings and funerals
- Support children and families work, developing the mission to schools
The Ideal Candidate
Our ideal candidate will have
- An appreciation of different theological understandings
- An ability to lead the church in mission
- A desire to embrace the vision of the Diocesan Bishop
- An ability to lead change
- An ability to guide, support and encourage others on their faith journey
- A warm welcoming approach with a strong sense of humour
For many years we have been working to achieve growth in our diocese. We have used different ways to express this but the aim and direction of travel has remained the same. When Bishop Paul was installed he adopted our growth agenda refreshing it be saying ‘we are asking God for a bigger church so we can make a bigger difference; more people knowing Jesus more justice in the world’ This is how we express our mission. This makes us an exciting, challenging and rewarding place to be. We are innovative, seeking new ways to further God’s mission while respecting cherished traditions. We value our priests and all those working to build a bigger church making a bigger difference offering a high level of accountability with a low level of control. We are committed to equal opportunities and look forward to welcome all to our diocese.