VICAR, St Wilfrid's, Wilford

Posted 8 days agoExpires in 25 days
Wilford, Nottingham
Clergy
£26,979

Sharing Life: With Jesus Christ, With One Another, With Our Communities

Wilford parish offers significant opportunities for growth across a diverse and engaging community, including two church schools (primary and secondary). The next phase of ministry will involve a particular focus on extending the reach of the current congregation, with a readiness to intentionally develop new worshipping communities in geographical areas of the parish and relational networks that are not currently represented in the church.

Wilford parish offers significant opportunities for growth across a diverse and engaging community, including two church schools (primary and secondary). The next phase of ministry will involve a particular focus on extending the reach of the current congregation, with a readiness to intentionally develop new worshipping communities in geographical areas of the parish and relational networks that are not currently represented in the church.

The West Bingham Deanery is made up of 23 parishes situated to the south of Nottingham. They comprise a range of diverse contexts including the suburban areas of West Bridgford to the north, the urban development of Clifton and village of Ruddington across the centre and the more rural villages around Gotham and East Leake to the south.
This is a great time to be joining the Deanery as we discern how we can work together
more effectively to grow disciples “Wider, younger and deeper”. The new Vicar of Wilford
will work particularly closely with the neighbouring parishes in West Bridgford and a vibrant
and supportive ecumenical community.

We are seeking a vicar who:

  • Has a life and ministry inspired and shaped by personal prayer, rooted in scripture and open to the Holy Spirit
  • Is an evangelist that can lead us imaginatively into a new season of numerical growth
  • Is a leader who will listen attentively, but who knows when to be directive in order to deliver the priorities that have been identified
  • Will embrace life and enjoy living and working across the parish
  • Has the skill to develop relationships with the students, staff and parents of the primary and secondary church schools
  • Has the courage and expertise to communicate the relevance of scripture in a clear and effective way across all ages
  • Has a track record of discerning, developing, releasing and managing gifted volunteers
  • Has a proven ability to engage with, and develop, networks outside the church congregation

Priorities of the role are:
• Creating an evangelistic and nurture strategy for making and growing new disciples
across all ages
• Working with us to assess and address declining numbers
• Developing a strategy for growing new worshipping communities across the four
diverse areas of the parish and through the church schools
• Re-establishing youth ministry for 12+
• Overseeing the strategic planning and delivery of pastoral care

  • Has a life and ministry inspired and shaped by personal prayer, rooted in scripture and open to the Holy Spirit
  • Is an evangelist that can lead us imaginatively into a new season of numerical growth
  • Is a leader who will listen attentively, but who knows when to be directive in order to deliver the priorities that have been identified
  • Will embrace life and enjoy living and working across the parish
  • Has the skill to develop relationships with the students, staff and parents of the primary and secondary church school
  • Has the courage and expertise to communicate the relevance of scripture in a clear and effective way across all ages
  • Has a track record of discerning, developing, releasing and managing gifted volunteers
  • Has a proven ability to engage with, and develop, networks outside the church congregation

Join our great adventure

We seek to be a diocese where every Christian and every church has a compelling vision and plan for 'growing disciples, wider, younger and deeper'

Wider as we seek to find fresh ways to speak about Jesus and grow disciples among the 1.2m people living across the diocese who are not yet engaged in the worshipping life of a local church (98% of population)

Younger as we seek to grow disciples and develop leaders among new generations in a young diocese (Nottingham is the fourth youngest city in UK with over 50,000 students)

Deeper as we seek to grow disciples with a confident faith in Christ who are making a difference in every sphere of life, helping shape the culture and character of society.

Working in Southwell & Nottingham is an adventure and a challenge – the opportunities for mission are immense, the people are open and friendly and forward looking; there are also areas where the church is desperately needed to work with, and be a voice for, the poor and needy.

We are not just talking about growth, we are praying and acting in new and exciting ways to make it happen; we launched a Younger Leadership College in Autumn 2016 (http://youngerleadershipcollege.org/) with the aim of developing 1,000 younger leaders to servce in the Church and wider society.

A new resource church has opened in Nottingham in an abandoned auction house that sits on one of the main roads into the city centre; Trinity Church is now a growing, diverse congregation working with our existing churches to bring Good News to the city.

Other new ventures are planned in the rural centre of the county – work is now under way to start a new, distinctive church - market towns and former mining communities.

However, it is in the development of our core ministry in every parish that we recognise potential for the most significant further growth. We have a programme over the next seven years to equip 25 resource churches which will be beacons of growth, supporting other churches in training for discipleship and leadership; also helping to plant and graft 75 new worshipping communities.

And we are aiming to welcome 7,000 new disciples into the fellowship of Christ and his Church by 20xx, people who have realised that there is nothing better anyone can do with their life than to become a follower of Jesus.

Nottinghamshire

There’s a lot to discover in the fascinating county of Nottinghamshire: rolling farmland and quiet woods; a cosmopolitan city offering the best in entertainment; two first-class universities; world-leading design and technology companies; fine architecture – and Robin Hood.

Add to that it’s beautiful country parks, stately homes and sporting prowess – it’s home to Trent Bridge, the National Water Sports Centre, and Nottingham Forest – and it’s easy to see why it is such a popular destination for tourists, students, shoppers and sports fans (and we haven’t even mentioned its literary heritage, the mighty River Trent so popular with rowers, sailors and anglers, and the modern tram network that whisks people around Greater Nottingham).

The Diocese incorporates the whole of Nottinghamshire and a small slice of South Yorkshire, and has a breadth of ministry that covers tough former mining communities and city estates, isolated hamlets and villages, and historic market towns.

Working for change

On any one day, people from our congregations will be feeding the hungry, finding shelter for the homeless, providing meals for the lonely, working with the elderly and supporting asylum seekers and refugees – in 2016 the Bishop’s Lent Appeal raised more than £12,000 to help refugees and asylum seekers.

We also support Nottinghamshire Rural Support, a charity that helps farmers and their families, and have pioneered work to reduce debt, including the launch of Lifesavers projects in primary schools, which encourage children to save and also teaches them about finance and budgeting.

We are active in protecting the environment through our Freedom of Creation group – many of our vicarages now have solar panels – and we have a group of Workplace Chaplains who work with employers large and small to support the wellbeing of employees.

Click here to find out more about our work

http://southwell.anglican.org/mission-ministry/seeking-justice/