Vicar - Reading Saint Laurence

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Office Holder

Our mission is that we live to see non-churched young people come to faith and that we build new forms of church with them. We seek a vicar who will inspire and teach us, challenge us and work with us to continue to live out our vision to be with the young people in Reading. As a worshipping community, our desire is to show the love of Christ through our words and actions. We need a vicar who will help us grow together as a community and, together with the congregation, make a tangible difference to our community in Reading, and beyond.

Our multi-generational community meets at 2pm each Sunday. From March 2020 we moved this service online. Currently we offer a hybrid approach with onsite and online options. We are also busy during the week with many activities, ranging from small groups meeting in people’s homes to multiple activities for young people. Our activities have changed and developed during 2020/21 due to the restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, we’ve continued to create new spaces to meet, and have found new ways of engaging with young people.

A. To exercise the cure of souls shared with the bishop in this benefice in collaboration with Colleagues including the praying of the Daily Office, the administration of the sacraments and preaching.

B. To have regard to the calling and responsibilities of the clergy (as described in the Canons, the Ordinal, the Code of Professional Conduct for the Clergy) and other relevant legislation including.

  • bringing the grace and truth of Christ to this generation and making him known to those in your care
  • instructing the community in the Christian faith
  • preparing candidates for confirmation
  • diligently engaging the community of the benefice, particularly those who are sick and infirm
  • providing spiritual counsel and advice
  • discipleship of the community
  • consulting with the parochial church council on matters of general concern and importance to the benefice
  • bringing the needs of the world before God in intercession.
  • preparing people for their death
  • discerning and fostering the gifts of all God’s people
  • being faithful in prayer, expectant and watchful for the signs of God’s presence, as he reveals his kingdom among us

C. To share in the wider work of the deanery and diocese as appropriate, for the building up of the whole body of Christ.

Key responsibilities specific to the local situation

Mission and Outreach

  • Working to reach, love, serve, and share the good news of Jesus with the non-churched young people of Reading.
  • Supporting the multi-generational community of Saint Laurence, prioritising inclusivity as a family of Jesus Christ.

Leadership and working collaboratively

  • To encourage and raise up a dedicated congregation for leadership, with opportunities to preach, disciple, and lead in the various activities of the church.
  • To be a servant leader, ensuring a collaborative, loving team atmosphere amongst the staff, the PCC, and the wider church.
  • To line manage the staff team (3.2 WTE).

Worship and preaching

  • To lead the congregation in regular, inclusive services of worship.

Pastoral Care

  • To prioritise creating safe spaces where people meet Jesus Christ and thrive as disciples.
  • To ensure the church does everything it can to safeguard its young people’s wider wellbeing, supporting the dedicated safeguarding officer.

Stewardship and benefice organization

  • To work closely with the PCC to use the church’s resources with urgency for its mission today, but mindful of being a responsible steward.
  • Management of the building.

Personal development and spirituality

  • To support your ministry with a balanced working life, taking time to sustain your own personal faith and personal or family life.

The key responsibilities listed above may be supported by long- and short-term objectives to be agreed between the post holder and the Archdeacon and Church Wardens.

Other responsibilities

  • Participate in the Bishop’s Ministerial Development Review scheme and engage in Continuing Ministerial Development.
  • Carry out any other duties and responsibilities as required in line with the benefice needs.
  • Take care for their own wellbeing including health and safety and building a good repertoire of spiritual and psychological strategies.

Having given you a flavour of the role and responsibilities of the post, what are we looking for from you? We are looking for a leader who will bring a clear vision for a Saint Laurence future that delivers our mission effectively, innovatively and passionately. We are therefore looking for a person who will bring a wide range of skills and experience to the role.

You will currently be an ordained priest in the Church of England who has completed initial ministerial training, preferably with experience of leadership in the Church of England, and who is able to demonstrate resilience in a high-pressure environment. You will also have the right to live and work in the United Kingdom.

You will have experience of growing disciples and leading pastoral support across all age groups with specific experience with youth and young people. To this extent you will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the development of young people and be able to adapt accordingly to their needs in nurturing their faith – particularly those with limited involvement with the church.

A strong communicator across a variety of styles and formats, you will be able to engage individuals with a range of outlooks, ages and levels of understanding. Ideally you will also have experience of delivering new forms of church in creative, engaging and imaginative ways. You will also be able to demonstrate the ability to discuss big questions of faith and ethics in an engaging and respectful way.

Experienced in managing staff and volunteers, and with a proven ability to motivate and lead, you will also be able to demonstrate experience of team development and an ability to inspire, support and empower others. With experience of vision setting, you will also be able to demonstrate your ability to work strategically and collaboratively with others in leading Saint Laurence in its mission.