Vicar - St Matthew, Perry Beeches

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Perry Beeches
Office Holder

St Martin’s Trustees as Patrons seek a Vicar for this largely residential outer estate parish (population c 14,200) 5 miles north-west of Birmingham city centre, with typical schools, varied housing, shops and parks.

The base for its life and outreach is a modern Grade 2 listed hexagonal church building with adjoining community hall, facing the James Watt Campus of Birmingham Metropolitan College.

The new priest, with the two Readers, a shared Children and Families Worker and lay pastors within the congregation, will need to build on the parish growth agenda, foster the ministry of others and maximise the opportunities for outreach. The generous liturgical space provides a fine setting for the parish’s modern catholic worship, with the Mass being at the heart of the church’s

The priest will need to be a person of prayer, a good communicator and pastor, and able to manage resources with an eye to the future.

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A Diocesan Profile for this post should be read prior to submitting an application, this is available from the HR Support Officer, Chris Booth who can be emailed on

Closing date: 15th August 2021 Interviews: 9th September 2021
Interested candidates are welcome to contact the Archdeacon of Birmingham, the Ven. Jenny Tomlinson, for further conversation on 0121 426 0441 or

We welcome applications from any qualified persons, particularly those currently under-represented such as Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic groups & women. We are fully committed to the recommendations of ‘From Lament to Action’ in our appointment processes.

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.