Rector of Combined Pontesbury & Stiperstones Groups

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We seek an able and experienced priest to become the first incumbent of the combined Pontesbury and Stiperstones Group. This will be a demanding, high profile but also hugely rewarding post bringing together the sizable villages of Pontesbury and Minsterley together with four churches of Snailbeach, Hope, Shelve and Habberley serving small rural communities. Recent reordering at Pontesbury and a reordering project nearing completion at Minsterley mean the two main church buildings can offer good modern faciities and flexible space.

This is a wonderful place to live, much of the area lies within the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With a number of nature reserves locally it is popular with walkers and mountain bikers. Transport connections are good to Shrewsbury and beyond.

If you would like to apply for this post please contact Joanne on 01588 673571 or in the first instance.

We are looking for a priest with vision and energy to build on the good things already happening here and to also identify new opportunities. As part of a group ministry it's our hope our new priest will share our increasing awareness of the value of the deanery as a body for mission.

There is a lot of support from retired and self supporting clergy, Readers and lay teams across the deanery and you will work with our Intergenerational Missioner, Mark, who works with people of all ages and particularly young families across the deanery.

Pontesbury has a population of over 3,500 and growing. The village is large enough to support many facilities and has both a secondary and a church primary school. The population is diverse ranging from young families to retired couples, some have local links going back several generations but there are many newcomers too. A housing development will bring around 100 additional homes. St George's is in the centre of Pontesbury and is the largest church building in the deanery. Popular for weddings it has a thriving choir and strong musical tradition. it's ministry to families includes Little Dragons for pre school children and their carers, Friday Club for primary aged children, Who Let the Dads Out? and Messy Church monthly.

Minsterley is just 2 miles away with a population of around 2000 with good facilities and a primary school. Holy Trinity church is in the centre of the village. There is a mix of service styles. The popular church café has been running for 6 years and Trinity Tots for 2 years

To be a warm and approachable priest for Pontesbury, Minsterley, Snailbeach, Hope, Shelve and Habberley.

As the first incumbent of this new combined role to be a significant part of building good relationships and bringing people together to face challenges and to identify and take opportunities to share the Christian message anew.

To work collaboratively as part of the group ministry with both ordained and lay colleagues to deliver ministry and mission effectively

To a presence within our schools and to be an encourager of families and youth work.

Participation in civic services and community events.

A Team Player - a leader who inspires others and can delegate, eager to grow confident leaders and encourage their gifts. Flexible enough to work in new ways with others within rapidly growing villages and the remote rural communities.

A Pastor - with a sense of humour and a light touch and the ability to work with all ages both within the church family and beyond. To build on existing work in our schools, our nursing homes and sheltered housing. Able to respond to new pastoral needs as our communities grow.

A Worship Leader - Ability to be flexible in matters of liturgy and churchmanship, valuing current styles but also willing to innovate. Able to develop technology as a tool in worship. Comfortable with a civic role, in Pontesbury in particular, at large services with a community focus. A persuasive preacher.

A People Person -Happy to be a visible and approachable presence in each community and supportive of community events. Able to share faith in ways that relate to people 'where they are'

We will offer:

Friendly,supportive and hard working lay people

Admin support - to be expanded

Prayerful,supportive and enthusiastic colleagues within the group ministry

Help of retired and SSM ministers

The opportunity to be at the forefront of a new chapter of mission and mission within both the group and across the Pontesbury Deanery.