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Rector Holy Trinity Nailsea

Please Note: The application deadline for this post has now passed.


Holy Trinity Church, Nailsea is a lively open evangelical church with a particular responsiveness to charismatic spirituality, situated in a commuter town close to Bristol, and the beautiful Mendip Hills.


The parish is in the north of the Diocese of Bath and Wells. We are in the Portishead Deanery and Bath Archdeaconry.

Nailsea is a commuter town in North Somerset, about eight miles south west of the city of Bristol. As part of the Regional Development Plan during the 1970s and 1980s Nailsea grew from a village to a small town of around 18,000. There has been little growth since then.

There is however significant planned housing development in our parish in the near future, which could be a fantastic opportunity.

The town has good schooling throughout all age groups. The church has excellent links with its nearby preschools, infant and junior schools, and secondary school.

The town provides shopping, health and community facilities together with a range of clubs and societies. With its close proximity to Bristol, wider choices of shopping, entertainment, etc are available.

Transport links are good, with access to Bristol and the M5 and the rest of the motorway network. Bristol Airport is about 15 minutes away and there is a local railway station with through trains to Paddington and the South West.

To the west end of the parish there are a number of working farms of various sizes and within the town are some light engineering and factory units.

There are two Anglican benefices in Nailsea; Holy Trinity, and Christ Church with Tickenham, along with the new conventional district of Trendlewood. Together with the neighbouring benefice of Wraxall with Failand, they form the Local Ministry Group.   Holy Trinity is on the south-west outskirts of the town.

Post Introduction


Thank you so much for taking the time to read this profile. We really hope that you will find it both informative and inspiring. We have tried to say clearly and honestly where we are now as a parish, as well as setting out the challenges, and where we feel God is calling us to as we are joined by our new Rector. We pray that it will help you discern if this is God’s next role for you. We would be delighted to welcome you for an informal visit or even as a mystery worshipper!


In the recent past we have been through significant change and our church has much to be thankful for. We have reordered the church, the old rectory and the adjoining Trinity Centre. Our Trinity Garden is nearing completion. Our Trendlewood church plant has just become independent. We are delighted to have a range of fantastic buildings with huge potential. You will not be faced with a building project to manage.


We are once again seeking God’s direction, confident that he ‘is able to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine according to his power that is at work in us’. We have a desire to further our community links and be better witnesses to the impact of Jesus in our lives. We also realise that for our faith to be relevant to those around us, it may mean we need to look at doing ‘church’ differently. We have a desire to be more inclusive and to deepen our own spirituality whatever our age.


We have a commitment in terms of people, resources and prayer for local and global mission and have valued, close links with our mission partners. Our recent extensive buildings projects have required us to focus some of our energy into resourcing our own church, but our desire has always been to be outward looking. There is much we do well. There is much we could do better.

So we feel that this is a pivotal moment. We are now keen to discover more ways to fully utilise all our resources, including our people and buildings, for furthering the Kingdom of God.


We are looking for a Rector to help move us forward.

Role Responsibility

Key tasks

We see the following as the key tasks of our new Rector:

  • Interpret and preach the gospel in a way that will encourage faith development, adapting content and style for different audiences, occasions and purposes.
  • Oversee the teaching programmes of the church so that they support the church community, develop its faith and respond to the needs of different ages and levels of faith and knowledge.
  • Inspire more of us to share the transforming news of Jesus Christ with family, friends, neighbours and colleagues so that those outside the church come to faith.
  • Move us forward as a church and help us to engage with the community outside our church buildings whilst maximising the use of our new buildings for the community.
  • Work with our paid staff and volunteer team to build and develop our vision.
  • Provide leadership of the team as they manage the day-to-day activities of the church.
  • Review how our Sunday services and midweek activities meet the needs of those outside the church as well as church members.

The Ideal Candidate

Skills, competencies and qualities required in our new Rector

  • Experience of leading a larger church and supporting and developing suitable leadership structures – We are a very busy church with many activities, mostly run by volunteers. You will need to have had experience of this either in a church or perhaps from a similar responsibility outside the church.
  • An enabler and encourager – capable of real insight into, and oversight of, the whole parish, with a desire to encourage leaders and raise up others.
  • An enthusiastic bible-based teacher and preacher – Someone who in their own life seeks to be guided by biblical principles.
  • Someone with passion for mission and able to communicate our faith – in ways suitable for both Christians and non-Christians.
  • A nurturer of relationships with a pastoral heart - comfortable with, and able to relate to, the wide range of people and groups in both the church and the town.
  • Team player – able to lead and develop a cohesive team.
  • Someone who enjoys the challenge of helping a church grow.

About Us

CPAS  is an evangelical patron with involvement in the appointment to 526 benefices. www.cpas.org.uk

To view our microsite visit https://jobs.churchofengland.org/cpas/

If you have any queries contact the patronage team at CPAS John Fisher jfisher@cpas.org.uk or Kathy Burch kburch@cpas.org.uk


The closing date for this post is 21st September and  Visits and interviews are on the 18th and 19th October

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