Vicar St John Upper Holloway
St John’s is a lively parish with a rich history and a clear commitment to its neighbourhood. The new incumbent will follow the long ministry of Karowei Dorgu, who recently left to become the Bishop of Woolwich – this will require a certain maturity of faith and outlook, building on the strengths that +Karowei brought to the parish while needing to fashion the new phase of life for St John’s with their own gifts, abilities and emphases in ministry.
In common with most parishes in the Stepney Area, the last 10 years have seen substantial population growth and increasing demographic diversity, and one of the challenges in a parish like St John’s is for the church to be a place where different communities meet and explore the common good. One of the significant features of Islington is that rich and poor live cheek by jowl and it’s important that the new Vicar has the character and ability to relate across this social spectrum, and grow a church that can do the same. So the new Vicar will need to be mature in faith, emotionally intelligent, socially adept, and with a human touch.
The aspiration for growth at St John’s is clear and exciting, so I will be looking for someone who can grow churches in difficult and challenging circumstances. ‘London churn’ is a reality that every London Vicar faces. People come, stay a while, then move on. If you are from within London already you will be familiar with this – if you’re from outside it may come as a shock. It is one of the inhibiting factors to growth in London churches and whoever is appointed will need to be aware of it and have a realistic understanding of the challenge it brings to ministry here.
Despite St John’s large Electoral Roll and its commitment to evangelism and service, congregations are not as large as they might be. The parish’s Mission Action Plan is now X years old and the arrival of a new Vicar may be a good time to renew it.
The Parish Profile highlights the 9 schools in the parish, and the young demographic of Upper Holloway. An incoming Incumbent will need to relish this opportunity with young people and approach it positively.
You will see a welcome emphasis on Evangelism in the Profile; this is part of the parish’s DNA and the Vicar has certainly taken a lead. I share St John’s sense that their next Vicar should be someone who is committed to faith-sharing, and training the congregation in the same.
The congregation embodies some core values of risk-taking and openness to exploring new ideas, but a new Vicar will always need to be aware of the collateral tension between a well-established congregation and lay leadership team, and a desire for change.
A number of administrative issues have recently come to light in the parish, all of which suggest that an incoming incumbent will need to have well-developed administrative skills and be capable of leading a culture change in terms of systems, structures and process.
St John’s Church congregation do not only come from the local Parish but laso come from shich far distant places as Boreham Wood, Ealing and Hackney.
The church worshippers reflect the ethnic mix of the area for example, our congregation currently includes over 33 nationalities.
We truly rejoice and celebrate our diversity which enriches everything we do and results in some amazing Bring and Share get-togethers.
Currently there are 306 names on the electoral roll 60% are resident in the parish and most others live in North London.
What are we looking for in a new vicar
The ability to nurture individuals giftings, to develop effective pastoral care for the congregations who include mature Christians, people on the edge of faith and people for who English is not their first language.
An ability to relate to youth and build up our youth work
We seek a gifted communicator who can also motivate grow and lead others in their contribution.
The Ideal Candidate
We would like our Vicar to be a person who:
- Has God and prayer at the centre of his or her mission and is mature in faith, emotionally intelligent, socially adept and with a human touch.
- Has the character and ability to relate across the social spectrum of the increasing demographic diversity where rich and poor live cheek by jowl.
- Is committed to faith sharing and with a heart to build up the family of faith both within and through outreach
- Has well-developed administrative & fundraising skills and is capable of leading a cultural change in terms of systems, structures and processes
- Has a good sense of humour, approachable and appeals across all ages and can nurture individual`s giftings
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