Vicar St Jude's Southsea

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Portsmouth is a large, densely populated and vibrant city, circa 280,000 people, with a long and distinctive, particularly naval history. While still the Home of the Royal Navy, in the last thirty years new industries have grown, particularly in electronics and engineering,
often with a defence-related theme. The public sector is now a major employer. In recent years the city has become known for major capital projects such as Gunwharf Quays retail and residential development and the Spinnaker Tower, and for the growing size and reputation of its University. Portsmouth has two theatres and a Guildhall as concert venues. Portsmouth (Pompey) Football Club, currently in League One, is very popular with large crowds attending home games.

Southsea is the seafront area of Portsmouth. It developed, particularly as a resort, in the latter part of the nineteenth and early twenthieth century. Nowadays it is a large and busy residential and leisure area.

St Jude's Southsea is looking for an evangelical priest:

To lead the congregations of St Jude’s and St Margaret’s in their growth in:

  • their relationship with God through Jesus Christ
  • their love for one another
  • their witness to the world

we would love to hear from someone who has real confidence in evangelism and discipleship.

  • Are you passionate about Jesus and sharing Him with others?
  • Are you committed to the orthodox teaching of the Word of God in the power of the Holy Spirit?
  • Are you a collaborative leader who can lead an energetic, experienced and established Staff team?
  • Are you a team builder with a servant heart who longs for growth?
  • Are you able to equip God’s people to develop their prayer life, discipleship and outreach to their community?

Is God calling you to be the Vicar of our open Evangelical Church, in the heart of Southsea, Portsmouth?

  • To maintain personal and spiritual growth, particularly by giving time to prayer and the study of the scriptures. Also, to engage heart and mind through wide reading in areas of theology, spirituality, etc. and to develop ministry skills through regular training.
  • To develop and then hold the churches to their agreed vision and values arising from their place in the story of God’s mission to the world. With other leaders to determine strategies to enable the churches to work towards that vision. Within this, to ensure that the churches keep appropriate forms of outreach high on their agenda.
  • To hold overall responsibility for developing the ministry of the Word of God through preaching and teaching in all forms, for the leading of public worship, for the ministry of the sacraments and for intercession for local and national concerns and for God’s work world-wide.
  • To lead the staff teams, managing individual members in their delegated responsibilities, building up the teams and pastoring them and their families. To ensure the building of healthy teams of staff and volunteer members throughout the leadership and ministry of St Jude’s and St Margaret’s.
  • To hold overall responsibility for developing discipleship, community, ministry and witness within the congregations. To develop lay ministry and leadership by overseeing the appointment, nurturing, management and training of all licensed and lay leaders, enabling them to develop their distinctive gifts and ministries.
  • To ensure effective decision-making processes within each church leadership group all having a clearly understood role, and implementation in planning, processes and change management. To attract resources of personnel and finance to grow and develop the ministry of St Jude’s.
  • To ensure that communication works effectively at every level across the churches amongst leaders, members and into the wider community.
  • To serve the parish of St Jude by ensuring that Christ is proclaimed by word and deed, that pastoral needs are met and that the ‘occasional offices’ are conducted in an appropriate manner.
  • To ensure the churches undertake their responsibility within the deanery and the diocese and is connected to the ecumenical life of the city.
  • To take care of their own health and family through adequate time for rest, recreation, family life and friendships as an example to others. To be involved in some activity with those who are outside the church community.

  • A mature Christian faith and dependency upon God in prayer.
  • Submitted to and trusting in Christ, holding firmly to the biblical gospel thereby able to encourage and teach others in sound doctrine and discipleship.
  • Self-controlled, not a recent convert, honest and upright and of integrity.
  • If in a partnership, then with a well-functioning marriage and family life.
  • A willing and skilful pastor, servant hearted, humble and accountable.
  • Able to teach the Word of God with confidence.
  • Hospitable to others.

The above taken from St Paul’s pastoral letters.

  • Self-sacrificial commitment to the congregations of St Jude’s and St Margaret’s churches.
  • Ability to discern, articulate, establish, communicate and strengthen the identity, values and vision of St Jude’s.
  • An encouraging and positive attitude towards life and faith.
  • A readiness to work collaboratively in partnership and value the contribution and success of all team members.
  • An orientation towards outreach, numerical growth and future opportunities to church plant.
  • An ability to communicate well and motivate others.
  • A readiness to empower, equip and enable other leaders.
  • Interpersonal skills with respect, empathy and care for others.
  • Project management experience including budgeting, scheduling and change- management.
  • Personnel experience including recruitment, appraisal and staff discipline.
  • Ability to recruit, inspire and support volunteers.
  • Skills in planning, organisation, administration, decision-making, management and communication.
  • Ready to be a visible presence of the church in our local community.
  • Willing to play a part in the Deanery and Diocese as a key Anglican leader in Portsmouth.
  • Able to work across denominations in seeking to build the Kingdom of God in our city.

CPAS is an evangelical patron with patronage of nearly 700 churches.
The closing date for this post is 31st of January 2020.
Interviews and visits are on the 17th and 18th of February.
If you have queries about this post please contact Kathy Burch or Graham Archer