This is an exciting role with responsibility for overseeing the operational management of the church, ensuring structures and systems are in place to meet the needs of the church’s ministries and social enterprises, and mobilising resources within the church, both human and physical, to help realise the church’s vision. The post-holder will ensure that the church buildings are used effectively and creatively, safely and legally, and have overall responsibility for the smooth running of the organisation, including HR, Finance, Governance, Building maintenance and Admin.
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Fountains Church Bradford is a new City Centre Resource Church in the Bradford Episcopal Area of the Diocese of Leeds made possible through Strategic Development Funding from the Church Commissioners and support from the Diocese of Leeds.
The Leeds Diocesan Strategy identifies three key vision areas: confident Christians, growing churches and transforming communities. This is an imaginative new venture which has at its heart a worshipping community that has representatives from all generations with a strong family feel. The new church is beginning to engage with young people, business people and those who make the City Centre their home as key areas of mission. The new team are keen to resource and invest in the inner city area of Bradford and to reflect the multi-cultural make-up of the city in order to fulfil the church’s mission of “Loving God, living as family, being fountains of living water to bless Bradford.”
To oversee the operational management of Fountains Church Bradford; ensuring structures, systems and processes are in place which meet the needs of the church’s ministries and social enterprises, and mobilise resources within our church, both human and physical, to establish an effective operational platform to enable the realisation of the church’s vision.
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Our Story so far
“Loving God, living as family, being fountains of living water to bless Bradford”
Our story begins a few years back with Bishop Toby and Archdeacon Andy recognising that there was a significant gap in the Church of England's offering in the City Centre of Bradford. Bradford is a significant city nationally as well as regionally, but the church is relatively weak. More specifically, there was no church presence on or around City Park, the heart of the city centre, including no church near to the University and College with a focussed outreach to students. The vision that emerged was to plant a highly visible city centre church in a reclaimed night-club with large windows and open doors. They determined that the church would have a strong Bradford identity: young, entrepreneurial, ethnically and culturally diverse and confident about holding out a clear faith offering and call in the public space, and with a mandate and expectation from the start to send leaders and people out to plant churches and revitalise congregations around the Bradford Area.
Having received support from the Diocese of Leeds and national Strategic Development Funding, Revd Linda Maslen was appointed as leader for the new church, and took up her role in May 2019. Other staff were appointed and, with others, they began to pray. In September 2019, Fountains Church Bradford, was born. Worshipping in rented premises in an old warehouse, the congregation has grown quickly to around 85 regular worshipers on a Sunday with people representing every generation and cutting across demographics and ethnicity. Many of our new congregation have not been in a church recently and a few have come from smaller churches who have decided to come and worship with us. We have also been blessed with one local church asking some of their people to come to us. However our mandate is to reach people who have had no contact with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to raise up new disciple-making disciples. The communities we are seeking to connect with in particular are:-
The City Square gives us lots of opportunity for mission. We have used the space for a prayer shop, midnight communion, general outreach, Christingle, and sung carols in the pubs surrounding the square. As the weather improves our desire it to be very regular presence within the square bringing in God’s peace and love and being ready to share about Jesus at every opportunity.
November 2019 saw the purchase of our building, a space that was formally 4 nightclubs overlooking City Square nestled between the Alhambra Theatre and the Media Museum. It requires a significant amount of work to bring it into a place that we can use for worship and social enterprises, and this is now underway. Our plan is that the first phase of the building will be completed by summer 2020. The building has huge capacity and we are currently working out how it can most effectively be used for worship, mission and to bless the City.
In January 2020 we are moving our worship space to a City Centre function room which is located over The Ginger Goose pub. We anticipate that this will bring with it further missional opportunities and anticipate that in the next few months we may need to move to two worship services to accommodate our growing congregation.
The Fountains team are delighted to have been called by God to serve City. We are incredibly excited by all that God has already done and are looking forward to the adventures that we have ahead of us as we join in with what God and our other Christian brothers and sisters are doing in this wonderful city.