Team Vicar - Netherton and Sefton Team Ministry

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Stipend £26,736pa

We are looking for a talented priest who will relish the challenge of being part of a diverse team just to the north of Liverpool. Combining the urban parish of St Oswalds in Netherton with the rural setting of St Helen in Sefton village you would minister from a school building base and a Grade 1 listed church building.


Working alongside the Team Rector this post has been designed to be focused on mission and you would be asked to concentrate on building relationships with those connected with the church – particularly those on the fringe. You will be the lead person for weddings and baptisms seeking to develop those contacts into a meaningful relationship with church and God. You will also be expected to lead the Team through the “Leading Your Church into Growth” process with Diocesan support.

The vicarage offered with this post is a four bedroomed modern detached property with two bathrooms, on a quiet cul-de-sac.

Applications Close: 25th April 2021
Interviews: To be confirmed

Post introduction

Despite being two different churches in two settings St Helen, Sefton and St Oswalds, Netherton formed a team under Rector Debbie Statter in 2017. They have worked together well and offer a wide range of worship, community activities and social action. They have identified a need to focus on growth, discipleship and nurture.

Netherton is to the north east of the centre of Bootle. It comprises post war urban development with a range of social and private housing. It also has commercial and light industry. It is close to Switch Island, at the end of the M57 and M58 motorways. The Leeds Liverpool canal runs through Netherton and the area is served by two railway stations and a good bus service. St Oswald’s, Netherton is a busy Church and Community Centre offering a diversity of services, activities and events to the local community. They are also involved in working in our community in a variety of different settings. Their services find their heart in common worship, but they like to try new forms of worship as well as valuing more traditional liturgy.

Sefton is a rural parish sandwiched between Great Crosby/Thornton and Maghull. The church is situated just off the main A5758 Brooms Cross Road which leads to the Switch Island Motorways. It lies within the Green Belt and a Conservation Area with Grade 1 agricultural land. Most of the 1500 population are concentrated in Sefton and Ince Blundell. The church is at the centre of Sefton village with a thriving pub who work closely with them to promote church events. Sefton Church is dedicated to St Helen and in 2020 it will have been a place of continuous Christian worship for 850 years. It is one of the oldest Christian sites on Merseyside and is the only Grade I listed building in the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton. The Quinquennial Survey has shown the building to be in generally sound condition. It is still regarded as the “mother church” of the area and is also one of the Civic churches of the Borough of Sefton.

Both churches share a Rector, 2 Readers, a self-supporting minister and a retired minister. You will find a warm welcome and supportive environment in which to work and minister.

Main responsibilities

The church is looking for a priest who will:

  • support growth in the congregations.
  • encourage members to follow the Diocesan Rule of Life
  • lead the “Leading Your Church Into Growth” initiative
  • develop small groups for Bible study and pastoral support
  • encourage the development of more disciples and more leaders
  • inspire confidence in people so they can take on roles with an understanding of responsibility and accountability.

Our ideal candidate

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • someone who does not find challenge daunting but exciting
  • a person with deep personal faith and an understanding of scripture that can be communicated to others
  • empathy, being a good listener with a sense of humour
  • strong interpersonal and leadership skills with experience of managing change and encourages others through times of change
  • excellent time management skills
  • the ability to work well as part of a team and is open to new ideas
  • the ability to communicate well with people of all ages.

About the Diocese

For many years we have been working to achieve growth in our diocese. We have used different ways to express this but the aim and direction of travel has remained the same – consistent with the whole of the Church of England. When Bishop Paul was installed he adopted our growth agenda refreshing it by saying ‘we are asking God for a bigger church so we can make a bigger difference; more people knowing Jesus more justice in the world’

This is how we express our mission.

We think we will achieve this mission if we have

100 new congregations
1,000 new leaders
10,000 disciples

to help us do this we are calling every worshipping Christian in our diocese to

  • sign up to the Bishop of Liverpool’s rule of life which will encourage and support us to Read, Learn, Pray, Give, Serve, Tell
  • bring 1 friend into the regular worshipping and serving life of the church (bring one friend)
  • do 10 acts of service or find 10 new points of connection beyond the walls of the church (do ten things)“