Interim Associate Minister, St Peter's Allerton, St Saviour's Fairweather Green and St John's Clayton

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Bradford
Office Holder

This role is licensed to the three parishes of Allerton, Clayton and Fairweather Green, with a responsibility to foster and promote deeper partnership between them, as well as the neighbouring parish of Thornton. The role of Associate Minister can be seen as leading from the “second chair”. This involves supporting the Vicar/Interim Priest-in-Charge in his overall leadership and guardianship of vision, while being able to offer leadership with particular congregations or aspects of ministry across the three parishes.

Closing date for applications is midnight on 2nd December with interviews on 14th December 2021

Our vision as the Diocese is about confident clergy equipping confident Christians to live and tell the good news of Jesus Christ. For all of our appointments we are seeking clergy who have a joyful and confident faith which has inspired a track record of church growth.

This appointment is to support the church revitalisation work in Allerton and Fairweather Green which is being led by the Vicar of St John’s Clayton, who is also Interim Priest-in-Charge of the two parishes.

The PCC of St John’s Clayton has accepted the Bishop of Bradford’s invitation to be designated as a Resourcing Church. This presents clear challenges and opportunities for this role, especially in regard to church planting within the parish (eg on the Thornaby estate) and church revitalisation beyond the parish.

At Allerton and Fairweather Green:

To support the Vicar of Clayton / Interim Priest-in-Charge of Allerton & Fairweather Green in the achievement of the following six goals for the Interim Ministry:

  1. To grow a “team” from the existing congregations, those “graciously sent” from Resource, Resourcing and / or other neighbouring parishes, and other locally-based Christians, which can offer sustainable worship, mission and ministry in the parish;
  2. To re-engage with the local community and community organisations in Allerton and Fairweather Green once pandemic-lockdown restrictions lift so that St Peter’s, St Francis and St Saviour’s are "open for business";
  3. To establish whether viable congregation(s) can be grown;
  4. To establish whether the parishes' finances can be rebuilt to a viable level;
  5. To develop and agree proposals for future pastoral organisation (eg the two parishes with the neighbouring parish of Thornton);
  6. To strengthen relationships with the churches of the rest of the Outer Bradford Deanery, as well as the Episcopal Area and Diocese.

At Clayton

  1. Work under the leadership of the Vicar to enable St John’s to fulfil its agreed role as a Resourcing Church within the Bradford Episcopal Area.

We are looking for a person, either lay or ordained, with

  • Anglican Ministerial Training or suitable mission / theological qualification
  • Proven track record of commitment to and delivery of church growth
  • Track record of leadership which empowers others and grows the confidence and gifts of God’s people
  • Track record of inspiring vision and implementing appropriate strategies
  • Experience of working well and collaboratively in a team
  • Ability to co-ordinate and embrace different styles of worship
  • Experience of reaching beyond church circles and enabling the church to actively engage the community.
  • Effective Biblical preaching and teaching ministry