Vicar - St Barnabas, Erdington

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This exciting parish in urban north Birmingham is a great opportunity for a priest with prayerful vision, entrepreneurial flair and missional purpose to lead this significant Inclusive Eucharistic church.

St Barnabas is a multi-cultural church in Erdington just north of Birmingham city centre with a new landmark building housing a coffee shop, conference facilities and modern worship space, right on Erdington High Street.

The person who will thrive here will:

- Be someone wanting to offer leadership to a larger organisation and who enjoys growing leadership in others

- Enjoy creative liturgy and be alive to the needs of a diverse congregation

- Be open and encouraging of others, appreciating a good sense of humour

- Look forward to developing a close relationship with the Church School

- Minister through developing strong, trusting relationships of mutual respect

- Appreciate the needs of the social context of Erdington and be keen to see growth in the gospel and kingdom as a transforming presence for all

The Bishop, the Rt Revd David Urquhart, looks for priests to serve as incumbents who have the capacity to grow local church in spiritual depth, in numbers, in confident witness, and in serious engagement with their community. Central to this is the task of identifying, encouraging and endorsing the ministry of others and entrusting them with real responsibility in the work of mission and outreach.

The priest appointed to this role must have been ordained in the Church of England or a church in communion with it and must have exercised at least three years ordained ministry. Those applying to be considered must have the right to work in the UK as this vacancy has does not yet qualify to sponsor a visa. The priest appointed will be an office holder under Common Tenure, and the Ecclesiastical Offices (Terms of Service) Regulations will apply.

It is important that the priest appointed plays a full part in the life of the deanery, particularly Chapter and Synod, and in the wider programmes of the Diocese. Opportunities for ecumenical collaboration should also be pursued, and good relationships sought with other faith communities.

Closing date: 28 January 2020    Interviews: 18 & 19 February 2020

A comprehensive Parish Profile is available here. A Diocesan Profile for this post should be read prior to submitting an application, this is available from the HR Support Officer, Chris Booth who can be emailed on

Interested candidates are encouraged to look at the Church Website at or to contact the Archdeacon of Aston,

Ven Simon Heathfield, for further conversation on 0121 426 0428 or

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons, particularly from those currently under-represented including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups and women.