St Matthew’s is a lively charismatic evangelical church in the heart of the black country, with a vision to know Jesus and make Jesus known in its large, urban, multi-cultural parish. The church is affiliated to the New Wine movement and committed to serving its community and growing new disciples of all ages. It is a one church Parish, though the parish boundaries were recently changed, increasing the parish population to around 19,000. St Matthew’s is served by a full time incumbent, a Reader and three paid staff, including the CAP Debt Centre Manager, along with a well-established Leadership Team. St Matthew’s has a church hall adjacent to the church building, and there are plans for an extensive reordering of the church interior. The Vicarage is next to the church.
a) St Matthews church is in the area of Tipton known as Tipton Green. Tipton itself is a town located 16 kilometres northwest of the city of Birmingham, in the metropolitan borough of Sandwell. Tipton lies between Wolverhampton and Birmingham and is located adjacent to the towns of Dudley, Bilston and Wednesbury. Until the 1970’s Tipton was one of the most heavily industrialised towns of the area known as the Black Country. Now all but a few factories remain, large areas of industrial land have given way to new private and social housing, and apartments and the town has become in part more of a commuter town having both good rail and road links.
The Parish of St Matthew’s is multi-cultural with a large Muslim community in one area and predominantly White Caucasian community in the other. The parish is in the 10% most deprived parishes in the country, 1,001 of 12,382. The ethnicity of the population is: White 70.5%, Asian 21.8%, Black 4.1%, Mixed 2.3%, Other 1.2%
b) St Matthew’s is a family of around 100 down to earth disciples of Jesus, of different ages and from a whole variety of backgrounds. Its worship style is a mixture of informal and liturgical, mostly contemporary, led by a worship band. The preaching is Bible-based, often following teaching themes, and there are Sunday and midweek groups for children and young people, supported by a Kid’s Pastor and Youth Minster and teams of committed volunteers. St Matthew’s has a range of ministries serving the local community. It runs regular Alpha Courses; hosts a CAP Debt Advice Centre; and helps to organise the local Food Bank. The church’s Mission Action Plan 2018 expresses St Matthew’s vision to be a “a growing missional community of God, which seeks to know God more deeply and, together with other churches, bring the love, presence and power of God to transform our local community.”
There is a full description in the Parish Profile, but as St Matthew’s looks to a new season in its life under the leadership of its next incumbent the main priorities for the church are:
St Matthew’s is looking for a Vicar who is ready and able to lead a church of committed disciples of Jesus who want to see the Kingdom of God established in this part of Tipton. We are praying that God will call someone who
For the church’s part, the people of St Matthew’s look forward to giving their new Vicar a warm black country welcome and to working with them to grow God’s Kingdom.
Simeon's Trustees is a leading and long-standing Church of England patronage trust, with patronage interests in many parishes in over 40 dioceses. Patronage of this benefice, Tipton, St Matthew with St Martin and St Paul is now shared with CPAS.
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