St. Wulfram’s, Grantham is seeking to appoint two Catholic Missioners who will play a key part in an ambitious and exciting vision for Lincolnshire.
As part of a bold new diocesan programme to resource the urban church, funded in part by the national church’s Strategic Development Fund, St Wulfram’s has been designated as one of three urban centre churches in the diocese to become ‘resource churches’, alongside St George’s Stamford and St Swithin’s Lincoln. These churches represent the variety in Anglican traditions present across the 630 parishes and the eleven urban centres of the Diocese of Lincoln. St Wulfram’s has been designated a Centre for Formation in Catholic Mission. As resource churches, we have been given a specific mandate to play a part in the revitalisation of the diocese’s urban centres, strengthening churches across the diocese and facilitating the diocesan strategy for church planting.
St Wulfram’s Grantham is a town centre, cathedral-like ‘Major Parish Church’ in the inclusive catholic tradition of the Church of England, which has challenged itself to grow in three dimensions (reflected in individual discipleship, attendance at services and mission).
We marked the 1300th anniversary of the death of our patron Wulfram in 2020.
The principal aim of St Wulfram’s is to ‘Share God’s love with everyone in the heart of Grantham’.
More specifically, St Wulfram’s is:
The Catholic Missioners at St Wulfram’s will lead two of the church plants. They will be based at St Wulfram’s for three years before moving to the plant location to revitalise an existing church through the diocese’s SDF programme. The role is advertised as interim to account for this planned move within the three years, after which point the Catholic Missioner takes on a new role, leading the revitalised church community.
The diocese will consult with key stakeholders to determine the exact locations and timings of the plants, and the Catholic Missioners will be a key part of these discussions.
While at St Wulfram’s, the Catholic Missioners will work closely with the Rector, Associate Rector, PCC and leadership team. The Catholic Missioners will also support the development of St. Wulfram’s as a resource church by sharing in the leadership of St. Wulfram’s in its mission to the parish, town and district it serves. They will assist in the priestly ministry in the life of the parish, including preaching, leadership of services and occasional offices and pastoral care, as part of the team of clergy and lay ministers.
Upon moving, the Catholic Missioners will continue to receive support from St Wulfram’s and the SDF programme board. The aim for each plant within this programme is to grow by 150 people and become self-sustaining within 5 years.
This role is likely to suit both those seeking a first training curacy, as well as those coming to the end of, or who have recently completed, their first curacy. The role would be adjusted based on experience.
If you are interested, please read our profile and if you would like to talk it through, please contact the Rector, Fr Stuart Cradduck on email@example.com or 01476 569582
Closing: Midday Wednesday April 14, 2021
Parish Visit: To be confirmed
Interview: Thursday May 13, 2021
For more information about this application process, please use this link