Vicar - St John’s Sparkhill and Christ Church Sparkbrook

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The Bishop of Birmingham seeks a Vicar for the parishes of St John’s Sparkhill and Christ Church Sparkbrook.

These adjoining parishes along the A34 south of the city centre offer significant opportunity for missional presence in diverse Birmingham. Both parishes have ‘Outstanding’ church primary schools, a partnership central to mission and ministry. Christ Church offers a new purpose built centre where a missional community develops outreach and mission. St John’s historic building on the main A34 is ripe for development and home to different forms of outreach. A significant regional charity Narthex, offering a network of foodbanks and a variety of social projects is connected to the parish, based at St John’s, and the vicar will be able to define a supportive role in this.

The new Vicar will particularly enjoy

  • Developing appropriate contextual  forms of Christian presence, mission and evangelism
  • Collaborating with others to help develop church, project and charity together
  • Ministering in a broadly open evangelical spirituality
  • Living and ministering in an urban, other-faith majority context
  • Offering pastoral care and discipleship support to established members of St John’s
  • Growing missional partnership with two outstanding church schools

A comprehensive parish profile is available hereA 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

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Closing date: 26th February                        Interviews: 24th & 25th March

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact the Archdeacon of Aston Ven Simon Heathfield for informal conversation on 0121 426 0428 or

We welcome applications from any qualified persons, particularly those currently under-represented such as Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic groups & women.

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.