Urban Pioneer Minister (P/T) in the parish of Girlington, Heaton and Manningham

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We are seeking a part time (3 days a week plus Sunday) urban pioneer minister to take forward our creative links and initiatives with the local community and to develop new forms of church appropriate to our multicultural urban context. This is an opportunity to join the ministry team of the newly-created parish of Girlington, Heaton and Manningham. This is a very large parish of over 47,000 people which contains some of the most deprived areas in the country. Two-thirds of the population is Muslim, mainly from Bangladesh and the Mirpur area of Pakistan. If this challenge excites you - please read on!

We have recently appointed the Rector and Associate Vicar to this new parish and are now looking for a person to join them, who will share their energy, resilience and vision with a joyful and confident faith. (S)he will have a wholehearted commitment to the Christian gospel which can inspire church growth in multicultural communities with significant other faith presence. (S)he will enjoy cultural diversity and offering a positive welcome for Christians from other cultures. Secure in his/her own identity as a follower of Jesus, (s)he will enable community action to flourish in the parish in new and exciting ways.

This is a part-time post (3 days + Sundays) and can be app;lied for in conjunction with the Missional Communities Network Leader (a post subject to receiving SDF funding)

Closing date for applications is midnight on 30th June 2019 with interviews on 16th July.

An enhanced DBS certificate is required for this post.

For an informal chat please get in touch with Revd Chris Chorlton, Rector

The person appointed will be licensed to this new parish that came into being on 1 July 2018, and will be expected to work with each of the congregations of the four churches and across the whole area. They will be an Urban Pioneer Minister:

➢ Having a specific pioneering remit, connecting with people outside of Church and creating new ways of doing Church. This will be done through our many social and community projects, alongside the missional community and in fresh ways, leading them into growth; in discipleship, in numbers and in service to their local communities;

➢ Discovering opportunities to work with the people of Girlington, Heaton & Manningham, of any faith and none for the ‘common good’ of the local neighbourhood as a whole;

➢ Exploring new informal styles of worship and communication, making use of modern media techniques;

➢ Helping to lead our parish in a broad pastoral ministry

➢ Being released to pioneer and not deployed in existing roles

The person appointed to this role needs to be spirituality mature and live well with paradox:

  • The paradox of being a Pioneer Minister in a new Parish of Girlington, Heaton and Manningham with all the freedoms and responsibilities that brings, whilst working in partnership with the Vicar to whom you are responsible on a day today basis;
  • The paradox of offering stable and consistent leadership of the existing congregations whilst also reflecting on how God may be calling us to innovate;
  • The paradox of listening deeply to others and working collegially, whilst being a decisive leader who is unafraid to make difficult decisions.

The ministry model for the “superparish” of Girlington, Heaton and Manningham is that of a close team. This is a role requiring close collaboration with ordained and lay members across the different churches.

We are looking for a person with:

  • Proven track record of commitment to and delivery of church growth
  • Proven track record of growing the confidence and gifts of God’s people and making disciples
  • Experience in the typical range of parish ministry in a context with high levels of deprivation
  • Track record of working well and collaboratively in a team
  • Experience in creating community in ‘non church’ contexts
  • Knowledge/understanding of changing patterns of mission & ministry in the Church.
  • Understanding and enthusiasm for mission beyond the worshipping community
  • Excited by the potential of pioneering creative new approaches to worship and mission in deprived multicultural communities

For more information about this application process, please use this link

Our vision as the Diocese is about confident clergy equipping confident Christians to live and tell the good news of Jesus Christ. For all of our appointments we are seeking clergy who have a joyful and confident faith which has inspired a track record of church growth.

This new parish has begun a new era of mission and ministry. A new “Superparish” has been formed - a united Anglican parish of Girlington, Heaton and Manningham with a ministry team to serve and lead this new venture. The Pastoral Scheme to legally create the new parish came into effect on 1st July 2018. The agreed stipendiary staffing for the proposed new parish comprises three posts: a full-time Vicar, a full-time Associate Vicar, and a part-time (half stipend plus house) Associate Vicar.

The Bradford Episcopal Area has some flagship examples of ministry in the inner city where those of the Muslim faith are in the majority. This particular post sits in the context of developing appropriate forms of worship, evangelism, mission and church for deprived “presence and engagement” areas. As such it requires a priest with a pioneering mindset and a heart for this type of community.