Associate Vicar - Reading Greyfriars

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This is an exciting opportunity to join and shape Greyfriars Church, a growing Resource Church with a vision to “see Reading transformed by the love and power of Jesus”. Greyfriars is a vibrant church in the centre of Reading that is looking for someone to come and join our existing team to support the mission and ministry of the church. The appointment of a new Associate Vicar represents a significant transition for Greyfriars, as the church grows in its role as a Resourcing Hub in the Diocese of Oxford.

The Associate Vicar will be a key member of a dynamic staff team, with a specific role to help pastor and disciple the congregation and to help oversee the staff team. We expect this would be a suitable post for someone after their curacy but we are open to people at different stages of their ministry.

For an informal conversation about the post, please contact Revd David Walker, Vicar of Greyfriars Reading:

Please take time to read the attached Parish Profile which provides further details about Greyfriars, the role of Associate Vicar and the church mission and ministries.

Closing date: 5th March 2021

Interviews: 17th March 2021

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• Taking our church on a journey from a welcoming church to a disciple-making church
• Developing a holistic vision for discipleship
• Leading and overseeing discipleship initiatives, including small groups, mentoring, online discipleship resources and some discipleship courses

Welcome and Pastoral Care
• Helping us to grow as a loving and welcoming church, from first visit to end of life
• Managing our welcome teams, events and processes
• Leading and working closely with the Pastoral Care team
• Overseeing home visiting and home communions
• Overseeing other pastoral care initiatives
• Review and lead forward the Bereavement team

Line Management
• Helping lead our staff team to become a close knit, cohesive and effective team
• Line management of direct reports from our paid staff team
• Motivating and aligning with vision
• Managing priorities and workload
• Performance management processes, including annual reviews
• Ensuring links with key lay leaders, including churchwardens and treasurer

Team membership
• Greyfriars and New Hope PCC
• Greyfriars and New Hope PCC Standing Committee
• Ministry Heads
• Staff Team
• Pastoral Care team

First and foremost, we are seeking someone who loves Jesus, loves people and who is called to this role. This means someone who:

  • Has a mature Christian faith and Godly character
  • Is a team player and brings cohesion in a team environment
  • Has a desire to make disciples and pastor the flock
  • Is an experienced Line Manager
  • Is a gifted preacher and teacher - Is able to lead from the second chair
  • Is able to build links with and develop our key lay leaders

Together as a Diocese we are engaged on a journey towards a Common Vision of what it means to be a Christ-like Church, and what we are therefore called to do together. In the episcopal area of Reading, and the Diocese of Oxford, we are serious about our common vision and vocation – to be a more Christ-like Church for the sake of God’s world – more contemplative, more compassionate and more courageous.