Pioneer, Families and Fresh Expression Minister

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Warblington with Emsworth
Equivalent to a full stipend of £26,667

Do you have a passion for developing, leading and expanding Fresh Expressions in a large and active parish?

Can you engage with children, young people and families so that they learn and grown in faith?

Are you willing to innovate and help bring new worshipping communities into being?

Do you have a lively faith and a confidence in the love of God and enthusiasm and ability to share that love with others?

We are looking for an ordained or lay minister with a desire to see the Kingdom of God grow in this picturesque community of Warblington with Emsworth.

This benefice has two churches with a congregation of over 250 worshippers across various services on one Sunday offering a wide spectrum of events and services styles from BCP to Fresh Expressions.

The Pioneer Minister will develop and extend these Fresh Expressions and further the reach of the churches to work in the community.

Our Pioneer Minister will support and encourage the existing work in the two churches of Warblington with Emsworth, especially amongst families and young people.

He or she will work alongside the local ministry team and will have the skills to connect with the local community and draw together a team to develop new initiatives.

Our new Pioneer Minister will be part of a Pioneer Team within the Diocese of Portsmouth.

Portsmouth Diocese's Pioneer Project is committed to growing new disciples and new worshipping communities, with a particular focus on younger people, hard to reach areas, and new housing. We are assisted by strategic development funding under the Renewal and Reform programme. We are open to a creative variety of pioneering, church planting, and fresh expressions approaches, supported by a milestones framework which encourages pioneers to build up new worshipping communities.

Information about some of our existing pioneer ministry can be found here:

The main responsibilities will be:

  • To support existing fresh expressions of Christian community and worship and to look at new ways making disciples of Christ.
  • To develop engaging ministry for children, young people and families, helping them to be part of the whole church and to grow in faith.
  • To seize the opportunities for pioneering ministry within new housing developments within the parish.

Our Pioneer Minister will have

  • a passion for working in non-traditional ways appropriate to pioneering new Christian communities;
  • relevant experience of pioneer ministry.

Our Pioneer Minister will be able to

  • connect and communicate with people of different ages and backgrounds;
  • create and lead a team;
  • encourage others on their faith journey.

The Parish of Warblington with Emsworth is on the eastern side of the Diocese of Portsmouth and part of the Havant Deanery, one of seven deaneries, each of which co-ordinates the mission and ministry of parishes in their area. The Parish is blessed with many committed and praying Christians who support the outward looking mission focus of our two churches. (Full details of the Parish can be found in the attached profile document)

Portsmouth Diocese is made up of more than 11,000 worshippers in 139 Church of England parishes across south-east Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. It is led by our Bishop, and includes clergy, readers, retired clergy, chaplains, paid staff and thousands of volunteers who work in our parishes.

We have a framework to guide our diocese in the future - and it can be summed up in just three words.

live | pray | serve will be our motto for the future, as we seek to equip people to live as disciples of Christ; to pray, individually and together as worshipping communities; and to serve our local neighbourhoods and society together.

To achieve this, we will encourage and support our parishes, chaplaincies and church schools as they aim to:

  • make disciples of Christ;
  • grow our churches;
  • equip people for lifelong learning; and
  • promote the transformation of society.

These four strands embrace all the work covered by our central diocesan teams, but are also picked up through engagement with individual worshippers and in local parishes, communities, chaplaincies, and schools.

To discuss the post, please contact the Archdeacon Gavin Collins

The closing date for this post is Monday, 13th August. We would like candidates to visit our Breakfast Church on the morning of Sunday 9th September and see the parish and community on Monday, 10th September. The official interviews will also be held on Monday, 10th September 2018.