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Vicar of St Nicholas, Beverley and Training Adviser

Overview

This is a combined appointment as Priest in Charge of St Nicholas’ Beverley and half-time Training Adviser for the Archdeaconry of the East Riding. It is possible that this could be shared between two people and we would welcome such proposals.

The roles both offer the opportunity for significant ministry in shaping life and mission both locally and as part of the Training Team.

Post Introduction

Our vision is to be a serving church, responding to need and enriching lives by sharing the joy and hope that we have found in Christ Jesus.

  • We believe that growing our church is a priority as we realise that growth will sustain and underpin our future financial position. To this end we have worked through the LYCIG materials and have seen some numerical growth. We have energy and enthusiasm to continue this momentum and particularly to increase our number of families, young people and children in line with the Diocesan strategy. We especially want to improve and extend our provision for children of all ages. Our desire is to develop links with those God is calling to us for baptisms, weddings and funerals and so bring them into our church family.
  • Our heart is to listen to God and to do His will by using our gifts to serve as an open and welcoming church. We recognise and celebrate individual differences, united by a spirit of acceptance and hospitality. We hope to encourage more people to get involved on a practical level by offering fellowship and opportunities for achievable steps. 
  • We aspire to stepping out in faith to break down barriers and reach out to engage with the spectrum of people in our parish. Our ideal involves going out into the community as a Christian presence to both share our message and to listen to individuals and groups, perceive their needs, then react to these positively, practically and with compassion. However this will be challenging as our parish includes residents from a very diverse range of social and economic backgrounds and many don’t feel that church is relevant to them. Therefore recognising opportunities and finding ways to make connections with the variety of individuals in the community is essential, followed by encouraging and nurturing relationships. There is a particular need to become involved on a more regular basis with all schools in the parish. At present we have an established and developing link with one of the local primaries, but would also love to get involved in building a relationship with the larger school situated on the council estate. In addition there are problems with teenagers who have little direction and nowhere to go in the evenings, and we see a need to work with other churches in the area to channel the youngsters’ energies.
  • Continuing to develop relationships and work with other churches in our area, both independently and through Beverley Churches Together, which now incorporates Beverley Schools Christian Trust is also important. As the Diocese of York explores its new way of being Deaneries we anticipate working even more closely and collaboratively, especially in mission, with other churches in our deanery, the Area and Lay Deans and the Deanery Leadership Team in line with the Diocesan objectives.
  • We believe that God has been, and will continue to be, faithful to us. We tithe our regular income and distribute funds to areas where we see particular need. We have been blessed to have received various legacies and other donations and have also tithed these to share our good fortune. Now we are considering using these legacies to recruit, finance and support personnel to help generate and sustain growth. Alongside this we recognise the need to continue to develop the skills of our existing leaders and to encourage others to consider stepping forward.
  • We also acknowledge our need to deepen our individual and corporate faith and spirituality, and recognise that placing a greater emphasis on our prayer life is essential. We want to develop our established home groups and nurture new ones in order to grow in Christian maturity through prayer and study.
  • We are also looking for creative ways to make more use of our resources such as our parish centre and church building, with its excellent kitchen and toilet facilities. During the last year the church building has been used as a venue for training and we hope to continue this initiative to be seen as a training hub in the area. The Parish Centre is a venue for various, mainly secular activities and we welcome this opportunity to be a ‘Christian face’ before all our users. Our church website is up and running and we aim to develop it further to improve ways of communicating with people to promote our facilities and to make us more accessible to everyone.
 

Role Responsibility

PARISH BASED ROLE

  • To lead the church forward in mission, continuing to apply the principles and insights from ‘Leading Your Church into Growth.’
  • To affirm and develop lay leadership and the gifts of the whole church.
  • To deepen the church’s engagement with the parish and wider community, especially extending its ministry to local schools.
  • To ensure healthy relationships with other churches in Beverley and an active part in the life of the deanery.
  • To deepen the life of prayer and worship, especially bringing renewal to the system of  home groups
  • To deepen understanding of generosity in the use of God’s gifts, financial and otherwise
  • To explore the appointment of new post(s) to further mission & ministry

PRIMARY PURPOSE OF THE TRAINING ADVISER ELEMENT OF THE POST

  • As a member of the Diocesan Training Team, the Adviser will provide encouragement and training in support of lay and clergy development in parishes, deaneries and, where appropriate, chaplaincies across the archdeaconry. The diocese is launching an ambitious strategy for growth.  The post holder will have the opportunity to be involved in developing imaginative and innovative responses to the needs of individuals, parishes and benefices as they seek to implement the new strategy.
  • In collaboration with the other members of the Training Team, especially other Team members in the archdeaconry, he or she will seek to ensure that the laity and clergy of the Archdeaconry of the East Riding have the appropriate skills and support offered to enable them in Christian mission and ministry. In each of the following duties and responsibilities there are colleagues in the Training Team available for support and partnership working, especially the Revd Canon Elaine Bielby. 

The Ideal Candidate

  • A follower of Jesus whose spiritual life, grounded in a personal knowledge of salvation, is fundamentally enriched by daily prayer and Bible study. This is essential for us since part of our vision is to see this church placing a greater emphasis on our prayer life.
  • A pastor who can support church members of all ages and in all circumstances, but someone who understands that one of our very clear priorities is to develop further our work with children and young people.
  • A counsellor with the sensitivity and confidence to discern and use the gifts of church members, nurturing their faith and enabling them to grow in Christian maturity and make their full contribution to the life of the church.
  • A creative worship leader who will respect our traditions, but not be bound by them, and lead us in worship that is contemporary, relevant and accessible, still being inspiring and challenging.
  • An ambassador for God in the community who has empathy for and understanding of the needs of local people, who may not yet have come to faith, and can welcome them into the family of the church thus also generating growth. Equally being able to work closely with other churches in Beverley is important.

In addition to this wish list we are concerned that our new vicar will have the self-discipline to maintain a balance between both her/his roles as our part-time vicar and as a trainer in the Diocese. We would wholeheartedly support our new incumbent in their joint role but recognise that to achieve this, an ability to prioritise, be adaptable and delegate effectively is crucial. In partnership with these important management skills is the ability to be a good communicator. Musical ability, whilst not essential, would be fantastic too!.

 

About Us

Deadline for applications: Monday 19 March

Interviews are scheduled for: Friday 20 April.

For an informal conversation please contact The Ven Andy Broom, Archdeacon of the East Riding (Tel: 01482 881659)

Full details about this opportunity can be found in the attached documents.

The Diocese of York is a family of 607 churches and 126 schools in 470 parishes, which extends from Middlesbrough on the River Tees to Hull on the River Humber, and from the east coast of Yorkshire about as far west as the A1 road.

Led and guided by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, our vision is to be a family of Generous Churches Making and Nurturing Disciples.  We are currently working through a Diocesan Strategy that focuses on:

  • Reaching those we currently don't
  • Moving to Growth
  • Achieving sustainable finances

Find out more about us at our microsite: https://jobs.churchofengland.org/deanofyork/

Our official website can be found here: http://dioceseofyork.org.uk/

Unfortunately it is not always straightforward for clergy from overseas to be appointed to posts in the Church of England.  The policy of the UK Border Agency is that normally the organisation making an appointment has been able to prove that it is impossible to appoint a person who is a national of a European Economic Area country, before a visa giving permission to work will be issued to a person who comes from elsewhere.

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