Priest in Charge - Trowell, Awsworth and Cossall

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The Benefice of Trowell, Awsworth and Cossall invites applications for


Are you someone who can spot opportunities for mission and evangelism? Do you have experience of growing the church? Are you gifted in working with children, staff and parents of a Church of England Primary school? Do you have a passion for sharing the Gospel and reaching out to diverse communities made up of traditional rural villages rooted in an industrial heritage which are expanding with new housing developments?

Awsworth, Cossall and Trowell lie six to eight miles west of Nottingham with a combined benefice population of 5,500. They are separate villages situated in a rural area of attractive countryside on the edge of Derbyshire with many local facilities and schools including a Church of England Primary School. The three distinctive parishes have a history of working well together and are looking for opportunities to build on this.

We are looking for a Priest-in-charge who will lead the benefice into a new season of growth - refreshing vision, releasing others into ministry, growing the churches, and renewing the engagement of each church with its wider community. The Priest-in-charge would be supported by an able and committed ministry team alongside diocesan personnel.

If you feel God is calling you to fill this vacancy, we would love to meet you.

Closing date: 7 February 2022• Interview: 1 March 2022

For an informal discussion and further information contact:

The Ven Phil Williams, Archdeacon of Nottingham, on

This is an exciting and challenging time to be joining in God’s mission in Nottingham North Deanery.

The Deanery, which has a population of some 180,000, includes parishes which are located in an area running from the south-west of the city centre, up the M1 corridor to Kimberley, and around the north of the city to Sherwood.

The churches serve many of the most socially deprived areas of the City of Nottingham and
surrounding boroughs, including several large outer estates on the western and northern side of the city. Over 50% of churches are in the bottom 15% of the CUF deprivation figures; and 30% in the bottom 4%. The area presents significant challenges, as well as offering some great opportunities, for mission.

Around the Deanery a good range of initiatives have emerged in recent years and some exciting missional developments have been established, including the creation of a grouping of 7 churches in the heart of the Deanery, known as “Woven”. A number of other initiatives are being progressed in other parts of Nottingham North and there is a genuine sense of hope and expectation shared across the Deanery.

As a Deanery we aim
• to encourage larger churches to act as resource churches for others
• to see curates trained and released to plant or graft new worshipping communities
• to equip church members for a range of ministries to serve our wider communities
• to train younger leaders to contribute to enabling the church to grow younger
Despite the significant deprivation in many parts of the Deanery there is a strong commitment to generous giving, and we have made good progress in contributing to mission and ministry through the deanery share. As a Deanery we are also committed to keeping prayer central and to seeking God’s will as we move forward and play our part in realising the Diocesan vision, “Growing Disciples: Wider, Younger, Deeper

The priorities of the role will be.

To develop the Growing Disciples Plan for the benefice that sets out further ambitious objectives to shape ministry and mission

To create a strategy to develop the stages from first enquiry through Alpha/START courses to full participation and integration in the church.

To grow the church numerically so that it reflects the age profile of the parish populations

To instigate and develop two new worshipping communities across the benefice including one in Trowell C of E school

To raise the profile and engagement of the churches with each village including its online communication

To grow a leadership team that reflects a younger demographic

To increase the finances for mission and ministry.

We are seeking a Priest in charge who has:

• A personal devotion to the Lord reflected and rooted in prayer

• A vision for, commitment to, and experience, of evangelism and church growth

leading to a church community that welcomes and includes all people regardless

of their gender, race, age, sexuality, disability, mental well-being or income level).

• An aptitude, experience and gifts in exercising strategic leadership, especially

towards vision and implementing plans for growth

• Excellent relational gifts, emotional intelligence, tenacity and resilience,

• The ability to discern, develop and deploy the gifts of others in mission and ministry

• The capacity for building and sustaining life-giving teams,

• The ability to lead and enjoy a variety of worship and musical styles, including

Contemporary expressions.

• A commitment to, and expertise for, engaging biblical teaching and whole-life


• The ability to relate to, and inspire, children, young people and young families

• The capacity to see new missional opportunities and implement them.

See attached Benefice Statement