Vicar - Aston and Nechells

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A New Vicar for the Parish of Aston & Nechells

The Bishop of Birmingham and the Aston Patronage Trust, seek a new incumbent for the parish of Aston and Nechells in the heart of urban Birmingham.

Do you:

  • love the Lord and love people?
  • have experience of clergy and lay training?
  • enjoy working with people from a wide range of Christian and ethnic backgrounds?
  • feel that God might be calling you to work in an inner-city area?

Then read on!

The Parish of Aston and Nechells lies at the heart of the Midlands just to the north of Birmingham’s city centre. A meeting and crossing place for people across the globe and Britain, The UK’s ‘second city’ is known as a ‘super diverse’ city. Aston and `Nechells share urban deprivation alongside significant new infrastructure initiatives such as HS2 and the regeneration of industrial areas.

The Parish has three significant centres: Aston Parish Church, one of Birmingham’s historically significant buildings, St James Aston, a contemporary building and majorly UKME/GMH congregation and the Community Hall of Nechells. The incumbent serves a team of lay and ordained colleagues, paid and volunteers, including a number of paid lay staff alongside and an Associate Minister (Self Supporting)

The parish believes this appointment as a ‘kairos’ moment of God’s opportunity. Amidst many challenges and changes the vacancy has enjoyed experienced Interim Ministry to prepare well for the next incumbent. There is opportunity both in response to the COVID pandemic, but also at a stage of parish development a new incumbent will have the chance to share in the shaping of many long established ministries as they adjust to better fulfils the vision of ‘Sharing and Showing the Good News of Jesus.’

The new vicar will relish the tradition of Bible teaching in the power of the spirit. They will be energised by witness and evangelism in a majority other faith parish, and in particular they will offer:

  • proven collaborative parish leadership.
  • willingness to facilitate us in our response to the leading of the Spirit.
  • the building and empowering of teams for ministry - vital when we have three worship centres and two church schools.
  • an ability to manage differences agreeably, since teams bring different points of view.
  • careful attention to administrative structures and the management of our paid staff.

Informal enquiries are encouraged to the Archdeacon of Birmingham, the Ven. Jenny Tomlinson or 0121 426 0441.

Please click here to view the Parish Profile

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

Deadline for Applications: 3rd November 2021

Interviews: 25th & 26th November 2021

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.