Associate Vicar - Knowle

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The Bishop of Birmingham wishes to appoint an Associate Vicar for Knowle Parish Church

This parish on the southern edge of Solihull presents an exciting opportunity for a Priest who appreciates being in a lively team with significant opportunities for outreach and discipleship.

Knowle Parish Church is a large and lively Church of 600 active in mission, serving all ages in our local community. The Associate Vicar will have clearly delineated areas of responsibility working closely with the Vicar, the staff and ministry team, to help the church grow, particularly in its younger end, with families and young adults. They will develop our evangelistic and missional ministry in innovative and imaginative ways in response to the calling of the living God.

We are seeking an Associate Vicar:

  • To be responsible for developing an effective mission and evangelism strategy; for helping the church to increase its proportion of younger adult members.
  • To work with the Youth Minister, Children’s Minister and Assistants to strengthen the ethos of KPC as a multigeneration whole church family.
  • To build the confidence and skills of the congregation in witnessing and sharing faith.
  • To envision, support and disciple our 20s & 30s to grow community, find their place in serving others and to reach out to their peers.
  • To develop and co-ordinate a system for the effective discipling of new believers.

Please see below for further information attachments.

Closing date: 12th April 2021 Interviews: 5th- 6th May 2021

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact The Vicar of KPC, Revd Geoff Lanham on 07392 072302 or The Archdeacon of Aston, Ven Simon Heathfield on 0121 426 0428 for an informal conversation.

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons, particularly from those

currently under-represented including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups and women

The Bishop, the Rt Revd David Urquhart, looks for priests to serve as incumbents who have the capacity to grow local church in spiritual depth, in numbers, in confident witness, and in serious engagement with their community. Central to this is the task of identifying, encouraging and endorsing the ministry of others and entrusting them with real responsibility in the work of mission and outreach.

The priest appointed to this role must have been ordained in the Church of England or a church in communion with it and must have exercised at least three years ordained ministry. Those applying to be considered must have the right to work in the UK as this vacancy has does not yet qualify to sponsor a visa. The priest appointed will be an office holder under Common Tenure, and the Ecclesiastical Offices (Terms of Service) Regulations will apply.

It is important that the priest appointed plays a full part in the life of the deanery, particularly Chapter and Synod, and in the wider programmes of the Diocese. Opportunities for ecumenical collaboration should also be pursued, and good relationships sought with other faith communities

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