Rector

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Sherborne St John
Clergy

We have an exciting opportunity for a Rector to lead us in effective evangelism to a large, diverse and growing population.

Our parish in the Diocese of Winchester is located to the north west of the bustling town of Basingstoke and is changing rapidly. The three traditional, rural villages have, over the past few years been joined by new housing estates built on the outskirts of Basingstoke. While the villages are perhaps older in age group, the newer developments are largely occupied by young families bringing a more youthful, energetic and dynamic feel to the parish of Sherbornes with Pamber.

Our Vision and Priorities

To make Jesus known and build up the church in faith and love

Our vision is to build on our strong foundations of Bible teaching and see growth in three areas:

In our love of God;

In our love of one another;

In our love for the lost in our parish and beyond.

There are many challenges in achieving this; but we pray and trust that in God’s strength, with the love of Christ binding us together, and with the wisdom and guidance of the Holy Spirit we will be a growing church bound up in our love of Him.

Priorities to realise our vision:

In our love of God

Our vision is to be a church which promotes maturity in faith by deepening our commitment to listen to God, who speaks and reveals himself in the person of Christ Jesus, in teaching and learning from His living word through the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

Prayer and Praise: We want to see growth in a passionate belief that through prayer and praise, we come to a living God who hears, sees and acts to save and restore us.

Teaching: We want to build on our strong foundations to see an increase in teaching across all ages to inspire us to become more devotional with a passion to hear and apply God’s word in our daily lives.

Dependence on God: We long to see a deepening of our love and knowledge of God, increasingly being led by the Holy Spirit and learning to depend upon Him.

In our love of one another:

Our vision is to be a church which promotes maturity in faith by deepening our commitment to listen to God, who speaks and reveals himself in the person of Christ Jesus, in teaching and learning from His living word through the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

Prayer and Praise: We want to see growth in a passionate belief that through prayer and praise, we come to a living God who hears, sees and acts to save and restore us.

Teaching: We want to build on our strong foundations to see an increase in teaching across all ages to inspire us to become more devotional with a passion to hear and apply God’s word in our daily lives.

Dependence on God: We long to see a deepening of our love and knowledge of God, increasingly being led by the Holy Spirit and learning to depend upon Him.

In our love for the lost in our parish and beyond.

Our vision is to be a church that seeks to grow in building each other up in faith - learning to love, listen and serve one another. As our fellowship grows in maturity of Christ we pray we become enthusiastic and effective disciple makers.

All church Ministry: We want to see a growth in recognising, encouraging and supporting God’s people and their God-given gifts, for works of service. Ephesians 4: 11-13

Pastoral care: We want to grow in Christian maturity by coming alongside and encouraging one another in existing small prayer groups and house (growth) groups and developing our pastoral care for one another.

Church Prayer: We recognise the need for church prayer meetings but have struggled to find the right setting meaning they are not well attended. We would like to see the meetings overflowing and joyful so that all we do is underpinned in prayer.

Passing on the baton: We love our young people and are passionate about our ministry to children, teenagers and young families. We want to see the next generation won for Christ and help them to grow in their own personal faith to maturity in Jesus.

Finance: We want to be a church which prayerfully relies on God to provide for all aspects of our ministry but would like to move to being funded by regular giving rather than relying on annual gift days.

Website: https://swp.churchbuilder.org.uk/index.php?zonename=jobs31

Closing date: 15 August 2019 at noon

Visit and interviews: 3-4 September 2019

We’re praying God will provide us with a conservative evangelical who is skilled in expository teaching and will embrace the challenge of building on the firm, established foundations of the Gospel; A minister able to help us grow in maturity of faith and equip us to confidently proclaim Jesus and the hope of salvation to our villages and new developments.

Please see our Parish Profile which includes the Role Description on pages 21-25.

The Sherbornes with Pamber PCC has requested, on the grounds of theological conviction, that arrangements be made for it in accordance with the House of Bishops’ Declaration on the Ministry of Bishops and Priests.

Winchester Diocese

At the heart of our life is the desire to be always Living the Mission of Jesus. We are engaged in a strategic process to deliver a mission-shaped Diocese, in which parochial, pastoral and new forms of pioneering and radical ministry all flourish. Infused with God's missionary Spirit we want three character traits to be clearly visible in how we live:

Passionate personal spirituality;

Pioneering faith communities;

Prophetic global citizens.

The Diocese of Winchester is an exciting place to be right now. With a grant of £4.3m from the strategic Development Fund, we are investing in missional projects across the diocese which are aimed at strategic growth for the common good. We pray that, if God is calling you to join us in his mission here, he will reveal this to you clearly as you consider this post.

Patron

The Queen's College Oxford