Vicar, St Wilfrid, Wilford, Nottingham

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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 diocese has an expectation that the postholder will have the aptitude and ability to grow the church into the hundreds within the next five years.

Closing date: 17 January 2021 / interview date 9 February 2021

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.

Deanery Synod meets at least three times a year to focus on a different aspect of our
Diocesan Vision. These are opportunities to learn from each other, to share resources and
ideas, to be encouraged by what God is already doing amongst us and dare to pray for
new growth. Clergy meet as chapter on a regular basis for mutual support, prayer and

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 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

See attached document