Vicar - Southport St Simon and St Jude with All Souls

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St Simon and St Jude with All Souls is an evangelical church community who have recently come under the extended episcopal oversight of Bishop Rod Thomas. They seek a vicar who can work equally under Christ with both those who supported the passing of that resolution and those who have not agreed with that decision.  They want someone who can bring people around their vision to “call people into a loving community that follows Jesus Christ” and who will recognise and support different forms of Women’s ministry. You will be leading a church known for its strong biblical teaching and expository ministry, a church that regular connects with a great many young people and families, a church that wants unity and to reach out into the community.

The vicar and his family will have the use of a four bed vicarage.

Closing Date: 30th March 2020
Interviews: 28th April 2020

Post introduction

St Simon and St Jude with All Souls has a clear vision to “call people into a loving community that follows Jesus Christ”. A member of the North West Gospel Partnership engaging fully with their activities the church is concerned with unity, evangelism and outreach based on the authority of scripture.

St Simon and St Jude is in the seaside town of Southport. Southport is a diverse community with all the attractions and challenges you would expect in a resort town. Southport is a great base for access to Liverpool, Manchester, the North West, Wales and beyond.

They have a modern style of worship embracing digital media and supported by a worship group. Children’s activities are strong with separate Sunday School teaching, a Monday Youth Club, links to the Boys’ and Girls’ Brigades and very good relationship with the local Church of England School. Discipleship is important to the church and they have run a number of courses but want to develop further in this area.

The church see themselves as warm and welcoming with a supportive PCC and leadership team of wardens, a curate, reader and retired vicar. They worship in a former Methodist chapel which is well appointed to serve their needs. They currently post a deficit but meet parish share.

The church community have been consulted over the work they need to do and have carried out an strengths and opportunities exercise to give them a realistic appraisal of the challenges head. They realise there is much to be done and that they need to make inroads into the community and seek a leader who can help them achieve this. Could you be that person?

Main responsibilities

The church is looking for a man who will:

  • love and teach the bible in a relevant, inspiring way
  • bring people together under a common vision
  • encourage the gifts of all God’s people
  • work with mission partners and reach out to the community and Bishop David Sheppard CE School.
  • develop the church’s prayer life
  • develop women’s ministry in the church.

Our ideal candidate

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • an infectious delight in Jesus and God’s world
  • an ability to teach biblically to all ages
  • good communication skills whilst being approachable and encouraging
  • an ability to delegate leadership
  • a welcoming, supportive attitude to male and female ministry.

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About the Diocese of Liverpool

For many years we have been working to achieve growth in our diocese. We have used different ways to express this but the aim and direction of travel has remained the same – consistent with the whole of the Church of England. When Bishop Paul was installed he adopted our growth agenda refreshing it by saying ‘we are asking God for a bigger church so we can make a bigger difference; more people knowing Jesus more justice in the world’

This is how we express our mission.

We think we will achieve this mission if we have

100 new congregations
1,000 new leaders
10,000 disciples

to help us do this we are calling every worshipping Christian in our diocese to

  • sign up to the Bishop of Liverpool’s rule of life which will encourage and support us to Read, Learn, Pray, Give, Serve, Tell
  • bring 1 friend into the regular worshipping and serving life of the church (bring one friend)
  • do 10 acts of service or find 10 new points of connection beyond the walls of the church (do ten things)