The benefice of Bestwood St Matthew with St Philip offers so many opportunities, where the next priest-in-charge can draw on the sustained and effective mission work already happening. The task will be to lead the church into a renewed focus on growth reaching out to younger families, aligning the prayers and aspirations of the people with a localised Growing Disciples vision, as set out on page 4 of the profile, under the ‘younger, wider, deeper’ sections.
Closing date: 4 November 2021 / Interviews 25 November 2021
Called to serve in Nottingham North Deanery?
The churches here serve many of the poorer areas of the City of Nottingham, with 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%. It is a very challenging area for mission and growth. The Deanery is densely populated and full of the challenges of bringing the gospel to generations who have mostly had little to do with church. Despite this, there is a lovely sense of hope and prayer and generosity springing up from the people and a dependency on God for him to ‘do a new thing’ across the area.
See page 4 of the Profile for more detail.
We look to appoint a person with a passion for serving God in an estate setting who will:
revitalise and grow St Philip's as a centre of worship and mission
partner in mission with foodbank, Eden team, and neighbouring clergy and lay leaders
explore and develop new planting opportunities within and beyond St Philip's
possess an infectious love for Jesus, a mature faith, and well developed relational skills
be great at drawing out potential from those in disadvantaged situations and those not yet linked with church
In return you will:
be the first occupant in brand new build vicarage
have very supportive congregation and committed, prayerful colleagues to enjoy working alongside
join a deanery that is forging ahead with new forms of estate ministry
be part of a growing cohort of transformational change appointments to urban areas where mentoring and learning community participation will be provided
The parish, deanery and diocese are looking to appoint a person 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 across all ages,
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, to be a uniting force bringing together people with strong passion for God’s work.
The ability to discern, develop and deploy the gifts of others in mission and ministry
A strong instinct to work in partnership with the capacity for working collaboratively to build and sustain life-giving teams
The ability to lead, enjoy and instigate a variety of worship and musical styles, including contemporary expressions.
A commitment to, and expertise for, engaging biblical teaching and whole-life discipleship
The ability to relate to, and inspire, children, young people and young families
The capacity to see new missional opportunities and implement them
The post holder will be
A visionary leader able to motivate and foster a pattern of shared leadership
Humble and hopeful, a person of peace.
At home with a holistic view of mission, including evangelism with social justice
Eager to learn and grow in faith and ministry, naturally welcome coaching and mentoring
Friendly, approachable with a sense of humour and full of the love of God and enjoy being with people.
Welcoming to all people wherever they are in life, and whatever their needs and means.
See Profile for background.