Vicar of Christ Church Cheltenham

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Christ Church is an urban single church benefice with a gifted and diverse congregation. We come from many faith backgrounds, but our tradition might be described as open evangelical. Our worship is liturgical and carefully balances old and new styles. We currently have an electoral roll of 196.

We are seeking a vicar who can help us return to growth. We are committed to the equal treatment of men and women.

Closing date: 20 October Visit & interview: 19-20 November

Christ Church is a demographically varied urban parish just outside the historic centre of Cheltenham, containing a mix of period properties, nursing homes, schools, new housing development and social housing.

Our successful parish centre is a community hub for many groups and activities. We reach out to our community through prayer visiting, hospitality, and specialist ministries and maintain exceptionally strong links with our church school and other local schools.

We are seeking a leader who can release the gifts of our congregation, lead a team of licenced readers and retired clergy, supported by other paid staff and volunteers, and help to unlock the potential of our iconic building. We believe this can be achieved by building a culture of empowerment, cohesion and corporate prayer within the congregation, and by developing and directing a coherent strategy for growth. You will be able to cherish our Anglican musical heritage while drawing on a wide range of sources to build inspiring, relevant patterns of worship.

We are praying for a vicar who can:

  • Inspire a congregation to prioritise corporate prayer
  • Facilitate the development of vision and growth strategy
  • Release the gifts of a congregation and lead it to fruitful, committed ministry
  • Nurture a strong ministry among children and young people
  • Develop new models of engagement with urban communities
  • Lead and inspire a congregation considering and perhaps embarking on a major building project, maintaining consensus, coherence and focus while delegating the project management to others.

Simeon's Trustees and Hyndman's Trustees are leading and long-standing Church of England patronage trusts, with patronage interests in nearly 200 parishes in over 40 dioceses.

For more information see or contact Ann Brown

If you wish to have an information conversation with either the Archdeacon or the Simeon's Trustee directly involved please read the Information Letter for contact details.