Planting Pioneer

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Planting Pioneer (Interim 3-year post)


St. Swithin's Lincoln is seeking to appoint a Planting Pioneer who will play a key part in an ambitious and exciting vision for Lincolnshire.


St Swithin’s is a city centre resource church, planted with a team of 12 from HTB in 2014. Today, it has a usual Sunday attendance of over 300, runs Alpha every term in a variety of contexts from prisons to coffee shops to schools, provides over 1/3 of the food aid for Lincoln, and is planning three urban plants within the next five years as part of the diocesan programme to Resource the Urban Church, funded in part by the Strategic Development Fund (SDF).


The Planting Pioneer at St Swithin’s will lead one of these plants. They will be based at St Swithin’s for 2-3 years before moving to the plant location to establish a new church or revitalise an existing church through the diocese’s SDF programme. The role is advertised as interim to account for this planned move within the three years, after which point the Planting Pioneer takes on a new role, leading the plant.


The location of the plant will be identified in consultation with the local areas, the planter and plant team, and diocesan strategy. We are looking for someone who is open, flexible and responsive to where the Spirit creates opportunity, and keen to build plans with us.


The role will require building up relationships with the congregation at St. Swithin’s so that when the Planting Pioneer leaves to lead a church plant, they will be in a position to take a small team with them. As part of the programme, the Planting Pioneer will have some initial funds to recruit a small staff team to plant with them and to help ‘set-up’ the new location for mission.


The Planting Pioneer will be a passionate follower of Christ who has experience of the ministry of the Holy Spirit in their lives and seeks to see people set free to grow to their full potential as disciple making disciples. They will be based at St. Swithin’s but will spend much of their time preparing the ground in the chosen location within the diocese.


While at St Swithin’s, the Planting Pioneer will work closely with the Vicar, Associate Vicar (to be recruited, please see advert of current vacancy if this is of interest), PCC and senior leadership team. The Planting Pioneer will also support the development of St. Swithin’s as a resource church by sharing in the leadership of St. Swithin’s in its mission to the parish, city and region it serves. They will assist in the priestly ministry in the life of the parish, including preaching, leadership of services and occasional offices and pastoral care, as part of the team of clergy and lay ministers. Whilst at St, Swithin’s, a key part of this role will involve working alongside 18-25’s, developing mission and developing potential leaders for the church planting pipeline.


Upon planting, the Planting Pioneer will continue to receive support from St Swithin’s and the SDF programme board. The aim for each plant within this programme is to grow by 150 people and become self-sustaining within 5 years.


This role is likely to suit both those seeking a first training curacy, as well as those coming to the end of, or who have recently completed, this first curacy. The role would be adjusted based on experience.


We invite you to join with us on our mission to:

  • REACH people with the love of Jesus, with a particular focus on students and rising generations
  • RELEASE disciples who make disciples
  • REVITALISE the city and region.


If you are interested, please read our profile and if you would like to talk it through, please contact the vicar, Jim Prestwood, on or 07875476102.


For more information about this application process, please use this link.

St. Swithin's has to offer:

  • Being part of a designated city centre resource church, supported by the diocese, the Church Revitalisation Trust and HTB network
  • Being a part of a growing, fun and supportive staff team
  • Opportunity to make a significant difference in a faith filled, ‘can do’ environment where creativity and risk taking are encouraged
  • Working collaboratively in the training, development and releasing of leaders, with opportunities to resource other churches in this
  • A young, vibrant and growing church with a significant percentage of students and young adults as well as ministry opportunities in every age group
  • Financial support for conferences, training and retreats
  • 6 weeks holiday a year and full expenses.


For more information:

Lincoln Diocese

St Swithins Website

St Swithins Facebook



Applications close: End of Day on Thursday 3rd September.

Parish visit: Sunday 20th September; The Salt House, Free School Lane, LN2 1EY

Interviews: Monday 21st September; Edward King House, LN2 1PU.


Prior to interview: We ask all candidates to send a recording (or links to a recording) of 3 of their sermons and attend a parish visit before interview.


At interview: Candidates will be asked to present for 5 minutes on the topic: “How do we practically go about making faithful, confident and joyful disciples who make disciples in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic?”