Associate Vicar with special responsibility for reaching 20s - 40s

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Ingleby Barwick

The Diocese of York has set the goal of ‘Reaching Those We Currently Don’t’ and one clearly identified group is those in their 20s – 40s. The Diocese will be investing its own resources in a number of new posts which it hopes will be significantly enhanced by new funding from the Church Commissioners, to enable the creation of around 12 - 13 new roles, and this post is one of the first.

The title within the parish of Ingleby Barwick for the priest candidate will be Associate Vicar and will be part of a developing cohort within the Diocese of ‘20s – 40s Ministers’.

The priest will work closely with the Incumbent and the PCC for the development of a mission strategy based on the Diocesan goals.

  • To reach those in their 20s – 40s, encouraging them in their journey of discipleship as followers of Christ
  • To enable those who are reached to join in community with others sharing this journey of discipleship. This may take the form of a new ecclesial community, a fresh expression of Church, the establishment of a new congregation or the joining of an existing congregation
  • To offer encouragement and insights to other churches especially, but not exclusively, in the deanery as they seek to reach 20s – 40s
  • To enable this new community to be able to plant out a new congregation / share resources with others to stimulate fresh growth elsewhere

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  • Engage in a “listening and discernment” process to identify the most effective way to begin reaching those in their 20s – 40s
  • Identify how to approach gathering those who are reached into a Christian Community, providing an outline of the proposed approach after 6 months
  • Build a team who will share in the task and calling to reach 20s – 40s
  • Build life-enhancing relationships with people
  • Express the Gospel through actions and words, so allowing people to discover an experience of belonging, to consider the call of Christ upon their lives and to learn to become disciples of Christ
  • To gather those being reached into a new worshipping community / congregation or integrate into an existing one congregation
  • Ensure that those being reached and gathered have a ‘DNA’ for reaching others so that planting a new congregation / sharing significant resources within 5 years is a natural outcome
  • Establish healthy and collaborative relationships with colleagues in the local parish, the Deanery and the wider diocese and network of those reaching 20s – 40s
  • Work alongside other churches, to share insights and encouragement as they seek to reach 20s – 40s
  • Contribute towards the diocesan ‘Toolbox of Resources’ to equip other churches
  • A priest with a strong desire to reach those in their 20s – 40s, and where appropriate their children, and see them become disciples of Christ
  • A demonstrable track record of innovation in their life and a commitment to pioneer
  • A proven ability in:
    (i) relating to 20s – 40s outside of the church, taking initiative, having imagination and being prepared to work 'outside the box'
    (ii) growing and developing a sense of community and belonging
    (iii) making and nurturing disciples
  • A demonstrable ability to evangelise and communicate the faith effectively to those outside the church
  • Commitment to a process of ‘listening and discerning’ and the valuing of context
  • Collaborative approach to relationships and ministry, especially with close colleagues
  • Well-developed abilities to handle complexity and initiate change
  • A person of prayer, robust spirituality and self-discipline with the personal resources to sustain a pioneering ministry
  • Commitment to a ‘mixed economy’ approach to mission and a deep respect for parish ministry within the Church of England, drawing deeply from its liturgical traditions and its approach to discipleship through the sacramental Christian life.

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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

Our official website can be found here:

Deadline for applications: Monday 20th August 2018
Interviews are scheduled for: Thursday 30th August 2018

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

For an informal conversation please contact:
The Revd Clay Rountree, Vicar of Ingleby Barwick
T: 01642 760 171
The Ven Andy Broom, Diocesan Lead for Reaching 20-40s
T: 01482 881 659

Our official website can be found here:

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