Team Vicar, Clifton Team
The West Bingham Deanery is made up of 23 parishes situated to the south of Nottingham. They comprise a range of diverse contexts including the suburban areas of West Bridgford to the North, the urban development of Clifton and village of Ruddington across the centre and the more rural villages around Gotham and East Leake to the South.
This is a great time to be joining the Deanery as we discern how we can work together more effectively to grow disciples “Wider, younger and deeper”. On appointing the Team Vicar we will then have a full complement of clergy within the Deanery along with many gifted and experienced lay ministers in all sorts of different roles.
The Team Ministry look forward to a new colleague joining them. People in our churches care for and look out for each other and also share the love of God with those around our parish. Clifton is an exciting place to be and has a strong sense of identity. Many people have lived here since the estate was build and it has also become home for a succession of young families. Clifton is a place where it is easy to develop your unique ministry style, it can be challenging at times and also extremely rewarding. Come and share our vision. Learn and laugh with us and be part of this special and dynamic parish.
Our new Team Vicar will find a warm and friendly welcome in Clifton and will find it a good place in which to be a priest.
S/he will be joining a gifted, experienced and friendly ministry team comprising:
1 Team Rector
1 Associate priest (Self-supporting)
2 licensed Readers
1 Reader with ‘permission to officiate’
1 lay pioneer minister (to be confirmed)
We are all passionate about serving the community of Clifton; both the worshipping and wider community. We are a mixed bunch who all contribute our gifts in differing ways.
The Parish mission statement is "Building Church and Community". We have a strong desire to build on what is already being done in our churches but also to seek new partnerships and ways to do church in our local communities. We are on a progressive process known as Partnership for Missional Church and through this we have begun to build some strong partnerships within our community and have started to engage with new groups of people.
We are keen to follow the Diocesan vision of "growing disciples wider, younger and deeper" and hold this as our framework in our entire mission. we have a mission team that works to achieve all of the above by meeting regularly, praying together, reading the word of God and working out how to apply all that we do in a practical way. Our parish is in the genesis of an exciting time of practical application, exploration and discovery of God's "preferred and promised future".
The PCC recently had a day of prayer, reflection, discussion and worship to agree some mission priorities in the light of the appointment of a Team Vicar. These were the agreed areas:
- We aspire to develop closer relationships with our children and young families, especially by working with the Boys’ and Girls’ Brigade, the newly formed Toddlers group and with our schools to help us grow disciples younger
- To seek help in further growing disciples wider and to build upon the excellent work of our Missional (PMC) group (see above)
- We want to deepen our faith together by way of developing further the ongoing work of our home and prayer groups
- Many of us value the centrality of Holy Communion in our worship and we would love to work alongside someone who respects this sacramental emphasis - even if it might not necessarily be their personal background
The Ideal Candidate
We seek a priest who:
- ….is an evangelist who will help us grow in number, making disciples and seeing new worshipping communities established
- ….will take over from the Team Rector as ‘Spiritual leader’ of our Missional group
- ….will serve among us in being a pastor to God’s people and have a particular responsibility for our newly formed 4 O’clock Sunday congregation - a congregation that enjoys a more informal, innovative and contemporary style of worship
- ….will develop existing links with our 7 schools and explore setting up a chaplaincy team at our secondary school
- ….will help to undertake and develop worship, conduct services on a rostered basis, and to share in the occasional offices
- ….who will build on existing foundations to help develop the vision and strategy for the ministry and mission of the Parish
….will work ecumenically in the parish and within the Deanery and Diocesan family
Join our great adventure
We seek to be a diocese where every Christian and every church has a compelling vision and plan for 'growing disciples, wider, younger and deeper'
Wider as we seek to find fresh ways to speak about Jesus and grow disciples among the 1.2m people living across the diocese who are not yet engaged in the worshipping life of a local church (98% of population)
Younger as we seek to grow disciples and develop leaders among new generations in a young diocese (Nottingham is the fourth youngest city in UK with over 50,000 students)
Deeper as we seek to grow disciples with a confident faith in Christ who are making a difference in every sphere of life, helping shape the culture and character of society.
Working in Southwell & Nottingham is an adventure and a challenge – the opportunities for mission are immense, the people are open and friendly and forward looking; there are also areas where the church is desperately needed to work with, and be a voice for, the poor and needy.
We are not just talking about growth, we are praying and acting in new and exciting ways to make it happen; we launched a Younger Leadership College in Autumn 2016 (http://youngerleadershipcollege.org/) with the aim of developing 1,000 younger leaders to servce in the Church and wider society.
A new resource church has opened in Nottingham in an abandoned auction house that sits on one of the main roads into the city centre; Trinity Church is now a growing, diverse congregation working with our existing churches to bring Good News to the city.
Other new ventures are planned in the rural centre of the county – work is now under way to start a new, distinctive church - market towns and former mining communities.
However, it is in the development of our core ministry in every parish that we recognise potential for the most significant further growth. We have a programme over the next seven years to equip 25 resource churches which will be beacons of growth, supporting other churches in training for discipleship and leadership; also helping to plant and graft 75 new worshipping communities.
And we are aiming to welcome 7,000 new disciples into the fellowship of Christ and his Church by 20xx, people who have realised that there is nothing better anyone can do with their life than to become a follower of Jesus.
There’s a lot to discover in the fascinating county of Nottinghamshire: rolling farmland and quiet woods; a cosmopolitan city offering the best in entertainment; two first-class universities; world-leading design and technology companies; fine architecture – and Robin Hood.
Add to that it’s beautiful country parks, stately homes and sporting prowess – it’s home to Trent Bridge, the National Water Sports Centre, and Nottingham Forest – and it’s easy to see why it is such a popular destination for tourists, students, shoppers and sports fans (and we haven’t even mentioned its literary heritage, the mighty River Trent so popular with rowers, sailors and anglers, and the modern tram network that whisks people around Greater Nottingham).
The Diocese incorporates the whole of Nottinghamshire and a small slice of South Yorkshire, and has a breadth of ministry that covers tough former mining communities and city estates, isolated hamlets and villages, and historic market towns.
Working for change
On any one day, people from our congregations will be feeding the hungry, finding shelter for the homeless, providing meals for the lonely, working with the elderly and supporting asylum seekers and refugees – in 2016 the Bishop’s Lent Appeal raised more than £12,000 to help refugees and asylum seekers.
We also support Nottinghamshire Rural Support, a charity that helps farmers and their families, and have pioneered work to reduce debt, including the launch of Lifesavers projects in primary schools, which encourage children to save and also teaches them about finance and budgeting.
We are active in protecting the environment through our Freedom of Creation group – many of our vicarages now have solar panels – and we have a group of Workplace Chaplains who work with employers large and small to support the wellbeing of employees.
Click here to find out more about our work
Bishop Paul Williams explains our vision for Growing Disciples Wider Younger Deeper
Bishop Paul Williams’ Easter message – filmed at the new Trinity Church, Nottingham
God of Mission,
who alone brings growth to your Church.
Send your Holy Spirit to bring vision to our planning,
wisdom to our actions, faith to our lives,
hope to our communities,
and love to our hearts,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.