Vicar of Broughton St John Baptist

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Church Lane, Broughton
Office Holder

The Patrons and the Bishop of Blackburn are seeking a vicar for the parish of Broughton St John Baptist. Broughton is a large village about 4 miles north of Preston City Centre. It is situated in an attractive and accessible location close to beautiful countryside and vibrant cities. It is an ancient Saxon settlement, with a long history of worship.

St John Baptist has two satellite worship centres, St Martin and St Peter, which sit within growing communities in new housing developments in north Preston. There are two outstanding Church of England primary schools within the parish, which has a dedicated and active laity willing and able to assist the incumbent in offering Christian service in this place.

Our parish is embarking on a new adventure. Replacing a 60-year old complex, a new St. Martin’s Chapel and Parish Hall is being built in the centre of Fulwood, the busiest part of this rural and suburban area. Complementing the ancient parish church in the village of Broughton and the Chapel at St. Peter’s School, the new St. Martin’s renews community outreach while offering unique opportunities for worship, learning and fellowship.

Sunday services in a moderate catholic tradition (Common Worship and Book of Common Prayer) at St. John Baptist are graced with the exceptional music of a choir of boys and men, who are trained in the Royal School of Church Music tradition. More informal worship styles are offered at the two chapels.

A Ministry Team of a Deacon and Licensed Lay Minister and active volunteers have kept the spirit of the parish flourishing throughout the interregnum and COVID 19 restrictions.

We are praying for a new Vicar, with ideas and energy, who will help us grow and develop our ministry, particularly amongst younger people and to strengthen the link between the church, our 2 church schools and young people’s organisations. As the new St. Martin’s is under construction it is a time for planning and bringing vision into reality.

Blackburn Diocese supports the parish in achieving the goals of its Vision 2026:

• Making Disciples of Jesus Christ

• Being Witnesses to Jesus Christ

• Growing Leaders for Jesus Christ

• Inspiring Children and Young People to raise up a new generation for Christ.

Who are we looking for?

Our new vicar will:

  • help us to deepen our discipleship and help us explore our faith;
  • be a prayerful priest who understands, and is able to articulate what makes faith flourish;
  • embrace the challenges of change;
  • be able to lead the Parish to develop a strategy for mission, which will in turn enable us to explore and express a living Vision together, so that people in Fulwood and Broughton will see God in and through us;
  • be able to offer worship which in different styles includes and inspires through the spoken word, technology, traditional and modern church music and lay participation;
  • be a skilled preacher, who understands the power of succinct and simple communication;
  • lead a ministry team that currently includes an assistant curate and a licensed lay minister;
  • have oversight of the ministry of a group of three worship centres within the parish, including an ancient parish church and a new purpose-built parish worship centre.
  • be community focused and actively involved in all aspects of parish life.

In short, we are seeking a vicar who will embrace the future with us and who will:

  • Preach
  • Enthuse
  • Lead
  • Love
  • Care
  • Worship
  • Teach

We are enthusiastic about writing the next chapter in the history of St John Baptist Church with the leadership of our new vicar. Building on a strong foundation, we pray that together we can develop new ways of bringing Christian hope, the Good News of Jesus Christ, to thousands of people in the parish, the Diocese and beyond. Are you looking to make a real difference?

Deadline: 12 noon on July 8th 2021

For an informal conversation about the post please contact the Archdeacon of Lancaster: Ven David Picken (

Interviews will be held on July 22nd 2021

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