We are seeking church Pioneers who can both establish new work and equip and support others to do the same. Supported by the new Northern Mission Centre and the wider Pioneer Network across Cumbria, we are growing innovative mission to foster new Christian communities and to resource and replicate these across the county.
This is a really exciting time in Cumbria. God for All is the name we have for our vision and strategy to share Christ with everyone in Cumbria (see godforall.org.uk). It’s an ecumenical strategy, and we seek to ensure that every person in Cumbria of all ages and backgrounds will have had an opportunity to discover more of God and God's purpose for their lives, so that they will discover more of Jesus and the good news and become followers of Jesus within a Christian community. In short we are interested in telling all of Cumbria about the Good News of Jesus and are building a model of mission to support that.
We have recently secured funding from the Strategic Development Fund of the Church of England to develop the Reaching Deeper project which this post supports.
The Reaching Deeper project covers three main strands:
· Embedding Pioneer Practitioner Enablers (PPEs) in urban and coastal estates in three main areas of deprivation – Barrow, Carlisle and the West Coast - targeting particularly young people, to plant and grow new worshipping communities and to encourage new pioneers.
· A wider pioneering initiative capitalising on the Cumbrian context using the ‘outdoors’ as a means of connecting with children and young people (and often their parents), including through schools and Further and Higher Education.
· Establishing a Northern Mission Centreto grow and equip lay and ordained pioneer ministers and to promote a more missional approach in our Mission Communities (which are groupings of churches across the region).
Over the last 3 years we have seen the number of Fresh Expressions of Church across Cumbria grow to 112 distinct groups along with a further 54 missionally active church or local community groups. Fresh Expressions of Church now include 3,100 people, representing a quarter of our church attendance. Using the three strands of Reaching Deeper, we want to build upon this learning and growth by establishing a Cumbrian model for mission - a mixed ecology of church - to encourage significant local, context-specific growth across all expressions of church and across all our Mission Communities.
The Pioneer based in Barrow will:
Full details are available on the Diocesan website, including the role description and required Diocesan application forms.
Closing date for applications is 10th June 2020
Interviews to be held in Barrow on 25th June 2020