The new incumbent will have the chance to build on the excellent ministry of the previous vicar who, working with a great team of clergy and lay colleagues, built up the life of St Peter’s Wellesbourne and also developed an imaginative ministry at St James’s Walton.
They are the sort of parishes where the vicar can play a leading role in the community and build all sorts of connections to grow the life of the Church and increase its impact on the wider community. St Peter’s has a wonderful combination of fairly traditional – though enlivened – worship and all sorts of creative ways to engage people. It’s showing some impressive levels of health and a real determination to address others that need more attention. As well as its regular patterns of worship, St James also has all sorts of outreach opportunities through its location in the estate of Walton Hall.
You’ll see that ‘empowering leadership’ is an area of strength, and we are looking for a new priest to continue to empower the people of God and to build on the very good foundations that are already in place.
The leadership of the deanery has changed significantly recently, with the appointment of two Joint Acting Area Deans. I am responsible for the parishes around the town of Stratford-upon-Avon, including Wellesbourne and Walton d’Eivile; Reverend Barry Jackson leads the eastern rural benefices. We see the role of the deanery as supporting and enabling mission which takes place in different ways in each parish. Significant new housing developments coming across the deanery mean there is great potential for outreach to new residents, alongside that already going on amongst well established communities.
There is a genuine depth of friendship among the clergy and a number meet together weekly for quiet prayer. We support one another through;
Chapter meetings over a shared lunch
Co-operation and generosity in sharing resources, including via our website www.fossedeanery.co.uk
Trying new ways of doing things as we re-imagine rural and town ministry for today
The role of this post is to lead the churches in fulfilling the Diocesan Mission Purpose of:
Making New Disciples
This will be achieved by developing eight essential qualities in the life of the church:
Empowering - Leadership
Gift-oriented - Ministry
Passionate - Spirituality
Inspiring - Worship Service
Holistic - Small Groups
Need-oriented - Outreach
Loving - Relationships
Effective - Structures
The Ideal Candidate
We would welcome someone who is committed to living and delivering the eight essential qualities mentioned above, and who is:
- Prayerful and passionate about Jesus, and a ‘pastoral evangelist’. With Passionate Spirituality as our weakest quality, which also affects our confidence in sharing our faith, we would welcome a priest who can help us become more passionate in our relationship with Jesus and in sharing Him appropriately with others.
- An empowering leader. In order for the church to grow further, more leadership development will be required.
- Enthusiastic and inspiring to the next generation. This will include a heart for ministry within a C of E school, and also for the wider youth work in the village as a whole.
- Open to leading a variety of worship styles.
- Good at forming positive relationships with a wide range of people
Wellesbourne is a large and growing village, the size of a small town (about 7,000), in mid-Warwickshire, very close to Warwick, Leamington Spa, and Stratford-upon-Avon. Some of the areas surrounding the village have been identified as prime new building land, which has brought new housing and some unrest to the village recently, but overall it is an attractive semi-rural post, with everything contained within this one large village, with a small church in Walton d’Eivile. The village has a single Cof E school, with which the church has excellent links which it would like to build on.
St Peter’s Wellesbourne is in good health. They have conducted 4 congregational surveys which show a church improving in its health, morale and growth, to the extent that it is now in the top 15% or so of churches nationally in regards to health in relation to the Natural Church Development 8 Essential Qualities. The details of this are outlined below.
St Peter’s have initiated and continue to support youth work in Wellesbourne (not just for the church), created two differing styles of morning services to cater for differing preferences in worship style, run ALPHA courses with people coming to faith, initiated prayer for healing in services, and created a link with the Amasango School in Grahamstown, South Africa.