Associate Vicar of Lincoln St Swithins

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St. Swithin's Lincoln, is looking to appoint an associate vicar to support the development of the church as a city centre resource church in the Diocese of Lincoln. The purpose of this new initiative funded by money from the Strategic Development Fund is to renew the urban church in the larger urban centres of the diocese where under 1% of the population attend an Anglican church.

Since planting from HTB in 2014 with a team of 12, St. Swithin’s now has a usual Sunday attendance of over 300 and run alpha every term in a variety of contexts from prisons to coffee shops to schools. There is much more to do as we grow to become a resourcing church and as we seek to encourage people to play their unique part to:

  • REACH people with the love of Jesus, with a particular focus on students and rising generations.
  • RELEASE disciples who make disciples
  • REVITALISE the city and region

If you are interested, please read our profile and if you would like to talk it through, please contact the vicar, Jim Prestwood on or 07875476102.

The new associate vicar will support the development of St. Swithin’s, Lincoln as a Resource Church by releasing the vicar to oversee the strategic development of church planting teams from St. Swithin’s, by sharing in the leadership of St. Swithin’s and its witness in the parish, city and region it serves. In particular, this role will take a lead on discipleship - encouraging and equipping the community of St. Swithin’s to be disciple making disciples.

St. Swithin’s is looking for someone who has a vision for the city and resourcing and renewing discipleship and mission across the region it serves, with ministry experience and leadership in a large, growing church with an ability to make disciples, grow teams and develop leaders. They should be someone who can cast vision and inspire others to take steps of faith, collaborative in approach and with strong communication, preaching and teaching skills.

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

St. Swithin's has to offer:

  • Being part of a designated city centre resource church, supported by the diocese, the Church Revitalisation Trust and HTB network
  • Being a part of a growing, fun and supportive staff team
  • Opportunity to make a significant difference in a faith filled, ‘can do’ environment where creativity and risk taking are encouraged
  • Working collaboratively in the training, development and releasing of leaders, with opportunities to resource other churches in this
  • A young, vibrant and growing church with a significant percentage of students and young adults as well as ministry opportunities in every age group
  • Financial support for conferences, training and retreats
  • 6 weeks holiday a year and full expenses.

To find out more about us please follow the links below

Lincoln Diocese

St Swithins Website

St Swithins Facebook


Closing Date: 6 pm, Sunday 23rd February 2020

Sermons: Applicants are asked to upload at least three examples of a recorded sermon via your portfolio section - please use the pathways help section if you are unsure how to do this.

Parish Visit: 12 Bank St, Lincoln LN2 1DP; Sunday 15th March 2020

Please note that successful applicants will be expected to attend from 10 amon 15th March for a Sunday service, lunch and parish tour.Accommodation will be available and meals provided if and where required.

Interview: Edward King House, Lincoln, Monday 16th March 2020