Situated to the West of the centre of Bradford the four parishes of St Philip Girlington, St Martin Heaton, St Barnabas Heaton and St Paul Manningham have come together to form a new "Super-Parish"
We are looking for a dynamic individual to join the existing team. They will have a particular focus on St Philip's Girlington but will be part of a wider team ministry across all four churches.
To arrange a visit or conversation please contact Revd Canon Alistair Helm on 07557 375844 firstname.lastname@example.org or Ven Andy Jolley on 07973 458403 email@example.com
More info can be found on the Diocesan website
This is both an exciting and a challenging time to be joining the team that serves the geographical area of Girlington, Heaton and Manningham here in the heart of Bradford. The Parishes of St. Barnabas Heaton, St. Martin Heaton, St Paul Manningham and St Philip Girlington have agreed to unite as one parish to serve the area. The pastoral scheme came into being on 1st July 2018..
Becoming a larger parish brings about significant benefits in sharing skills and resources across the churches.. Also, by plunging more deeply into the rich and varied spiritual wells of the existing traditions of each church we hope better to serve and reach the population not currently a regular part of a Christian worshipping community.
We are seeking a spirit-filled, evangelically-minded leader who is a team player.
Do you want to become part of the team that delivers this Vision?
The person appointed will be licensed to all four of the current parishes and will be expected to work with each of the congregations of the four churches and across the whole area. (S)he will be the Priest who is the pastoral focus for St Philip’s, Girlington, having day-to-day responsibility for encouraging the numerical and spiritual growth of the congregation there, and for supporting existing leaders and helping to develop new lay leadership. There will be opportunity to develop other areas of interest and leadership not set out here. These will be agreed with the Vicar.
We are looking for a dynamic individual who::
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.
These four parishes stand at the threshold of a new era of mission and ministry. Discussions over the last two years are leading to a new “Superparish” being 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 is expected to come into effect later this year. 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 ministry model proposed for the emerging “superparish” of Girlington, Heaton and Manningham allows each of the stipendiary clergy to be responsible for one of the churches whilst sharing in the mission across the area. This is a team role requiring close collaboration with ordained and lay members across the different churches.
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.
One of the distinguishing features of “superparish” arrangements is the decision to see different streams of Christian tradition as being fundamentally complementary rather than alternative. Consequently, Christians can offer their view of the church and mission as one expression amongst several and enquirers and social activists can choose which resonates best for them. This ‘menu’ or ‘mixed economy’ allows a respect for the incompleteness of all of our particular understandings of the way God is known in Jesus Christ in today’s world and at the same time encourages each tradition or stream to play fully to its strengths.
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