Associate Vicar, Emmanuel Croydon

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The postholder will work with the Vicar to provide spiritual, theological and pastoral oversight of a large and diverse range of growing ministries. You will play a key role in the leadership of Emmanuel, the pastoral care of the congregation and parish, and the implementation of our vision of making disciples and equipping for life.

A mature disciple of Jesus Christ, committed to continually growing in your relationship with him through the study of Scripture, prayer and the renewing work of the Holy Spirit. Passionate about making disciples of Jesus Christ convinced of the central role of the local church in God’s purposes for his world. Evangelical in theology and able to commit fully to the vision of Emmanuel Church.

This post is subject to DBS enhanced check.

The closing date is midnight 18 November 2021 with interviews on 16 December 2021. For an informal discussion with the Archdeacon of Croydon, please contact the Archdeacon’s PA by emailing

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Emmanuel Croydon is a thriving evangelical church of around 350 adults and 100 children and young people. We are seeking to grow in our relationship with the living God and serve our community. We are a Church of England parish within the Diocese of Southwark and our members represent a wide range of backgrounds and Christian experiences. We seek to be a multi-generational, multi-cultural community drawn together by our desire to love God with our heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love our neighbour as ourselves.

  • To work closely with the Vicar, the Leadership Team and PCC in the ongoing leadership, management and governance of the church.
  • To help manage the running of the Sunday programme day to day.
  • To teach and lead at services regularly.
  • To work with our Discipleship lead to nurture and support the home group net-work.
  • To collaborate in the leadership of the Pastoral Oversight Team
  • To oversee, develop and teach at the discipleship courses at the church.
  • To identify, develop and release leadership in the church.
  • To communicate and develop innovative ways of sharing the message of the gospel with all ages.
  • Other tasks including playing an appropriate part in the life of the deanery and wider diocese.
  • Someone who has a committed evangelical faith. Has the ability to communicate the Bible effectively in both formal and informal settings and has a breadth of theological knowledge.
  • Someone who has a passion for mission, church growth and a vision for sharing the good news of Christ in our community
  • Someone who is able to generate and sustain partnerships both within the parish and in our local community.
  • Someone with a pastoral heart and a desire to nurture a network of pastoral care in a large congregation
  • Someone who has the ability to quickly build relationships, trust and commitment across a diverse parish.

Each Sunday, we have two services of worship in which adults, children and young people meet together. All our teaching, ministries and activities are rooted in the Bible, and our desire to see people respond to the living God through creative worship and openness to the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

The ministry continues throughout the week with activities ranging from cross-cultural outreach, youth clubs, and small group Bible studies.

The team at Emmanuel currently comprises a vicar, a non-stipendiary, Curate, 5 lay readers, 3 Southwark Pastoral Auxiliaries, a staff team of 6 and hundreds of volunteers.

In a large, thriving church, the pastoral care of church members and parish residents is shared among many people. It takes place in various contexts, with Home Groups playing an important part. We encourage all church members to exercise care for one another as members of the Body of Christ.

The Pastoral Team, comprised of the clergy and pastoral ministers, also responds to crises and provides one-to-one care and counsel.

We are looking for a full time Associate Vicar who will catalyse Emmanuel’s vision and work collaboratively with the Vicar, leadership and ministry team.

Reporting Structure

  • Reports to Vicar and PCC
  • Member of Leadership team (alongside, Vicar, Associate Vicar, Wardens + 3 others)
  • Line Manages 2-3 members of staff team

The ideal candidate will....

  • A leader who has the ability to encourage and release the gifts in others.
  • Have a love of and experience working with diverse congregation. An ability to develop and communicate a discipleship vision for the church
  • A strategic planner, able to take in a range of information and plan strategically for the future.
  • Have demonstrated ability to effectively recruit and lead leaders and laity

What we offer

  • Participation in an energetic and increasingly diverse church community with a love for the Lord
  • Service and growth as part of a fun and committed ministry team
  • Support through Continued Practice Development, training events and retreats
  • To be part of shaping the ministry of a large evangelical church for the next phase of its ministry
  • Salary fixed at Southwark Diocese Stipend for Associate Clergy - £26,808 (as per Southwark Clergy Conditions, 2021)
  • Housing – The premises is a four Bedroom town house in close proximity to the church. It includes two bathrooms two unfurnished receptions, an office on ground floor and back garden with a shed.
  • Mentoring and spiritual support

Applications to be submitted by Thursday 18th November 2021.

Interviews to be conducted Thursday 16th December 2021.