Interim Priest in Charge of St Margaret's Frizinghall (0.5)

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St Margaret's is an inner city parish with a predomminently Asian Muslim population. The church has key strengths in lay leadership and in ministry with children and young people. It has also enjoyed a strong reputation locally for its community-facing ministry.

Through circumstance it has been a mainly lay-led church for the last few years and now wants to pursue this path more formally and so seeks a minister who can work in partnership with the lay leaders to nurture a growing and sustainable body of Christians, reaching out effectively to the surrounding communities with the good news of Jesus Christ and playing its part in the wider mission of his church in Bradford and beyond..

The post is part-time, Sundays plus 3 other days and comes with a half stipend and housing.

For an informal chat please contact Ven Dr Andy Jolley, Archdeacon of Bradford

Closing date for applications is 19th April, with interviews planned for 7th May.

There are six particular priorities for the interim Minister:

  • To help establish a sustainable model of lay leadership and associated support and oversight under which the church can flourish and grow;
  • To work with the leadership team and the PCC to continue to develop a sustainable approach to community-facing ministry that engages meaningfully with local concerns;
  • To establish appropriate pathways for those engaged through community-facing ministries to have the opportunity to become followers of Jesus and grow as his disciples;
  • To build on the good work already in place for pastoral care and youth & children’s ministry and to develop them to be more robust;
  • To help St Margaret’s play an appropriately full part in the life of the deanery, the Episcopal Area and the Diocese, and in particular to develop and articulate its identity in new and developing relationships with other Anglican churches, so the church knows what kind of oversight and leadership it will need in the future;
  • In the light of the relationships developing with other churches, to, determine whether pastoral reorganisation is appropriate and (if so) to develop, agree and implement a pastoral scheme for the future of the parish.

We are looking for an ordained Anglican priest who has:

  • Experience of developing sustainable community facing ministries which offer pathways to discipleship
  • A proven track record of commitment to and delivery of church growth
  • A track record of leadership which enables others and grows the confidence and gifts of God’s people
  • A track record of developing leaders and associated structures for mentoring and support
  • Track record of forming close, trusting personal relationships inside and outside the church.
  • Track record of networking to develop dynamic partnerships
  • Track record of inspiring vision and developing appropriate strategies
  • Experience in the typical ordained Church of England parish ministry
  • Effective biblical preaching & teaching
  • Experience of overseeing youth, children and families work

Our vision as a Diocese is about confident clergy equipping confident Christians to live and tell the good news of Jesus Christ. In appointing to this post, we are looking for someone who has a joyful and confident faith which can inspire church growth, both numerically and spiritually. We are also seeking someone with the skills to be able to support, develop and stretch others into sustainable patterns of lay leadership.

We have 5 Strategy goals:

1. Thriving as a distinctive diocese whose culture is shaped by a shared vision and values

2. Reimagining ministry

3.Nurturing Lay discipleship

4. Building leadership pathways

5. Growing young people as Christians

St Margaret’s is located in the Deanery of Inner Bradford, now 4 years old. The Deanery is comprised of parishes similar in demographic context to St Margaret’s, many of whom are experimenting with mixing new approaches to worship and mission alongside inherited patterns. The interim minister will therefore find a group of creative and supportive colleagues in Deanery chapter, all of whom will be deeply familiar with the joys and challenges that each other faces. The new post holder will therefore be expected to work with a spirit of generosity in sharing wisdom and insights about ministry, and especially with regard to “lay-led churches”, within the Deanery of Inner Bradford and across the Episcopal Area.