Planting Pioneer

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Lincoln and Grimsby

We are seeking to appoint 2 Planting Pioneers who will play a key part in an ambitious and exciting vision for Lincolnshire as part of a bold programme of the Diocese of Lincoln to resource the urban church.

St. Swithin’s Lincoln was planted in 2014 in partnership with the HTB network and has since planted twice including planting into St. Mark’s, Grimsby in Sept 2021.

After dwindling to just a handful of faithful parishioners in 2014, St Swithin’s was identified by the Diocese as a potential location for a city centre resourcing church and, at the invitation of the Bishop of Lincoln, a team from Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB) in London were invited to plant into St Swithin’s. Today, it has a usual Sunday attendance of over 300, runs Alpha every term in a variety of contexts from prisons to coffee shops to schools, has a thriving ministry with 18-25 year olds and with children and young people and is reaching into the local community through the Love Your Neighbour project. It is hoping to plant three urban plants by 2026 as part of the diocesan programme funded in part by the Strategic Development Fund (SDF). One of these plants is St. Mark’s in Grimsby which was planted in September 2021.

St. Mark’s, Grimsby (with St. Martin’s) was relaunched in November 2021 and are already a growing church having run alpha and with a variety of ages meeting for Sunday worship, mid-week groups and missional events reaching out on the the Nunsthorpe estate and beyond.

St. Swithin’s and St. Mark’s continue to support and collaborate together and we are now looking for 2 pioneer planters to work with us, 1 based at St. Swithin’s, Lincoln and 1 based at St. Mark’s, Grimsby in order to plant a further 2 churches.

Each Planting Pioneer will lead one of these plants. They will be based at either St Swithin’s or St. Mark’s and will assist in the priestly ministry in the life of the parish, including preaching, leadership of services and occasional offices and pastoral care, as part of the team of clergy and lay ministers - before moving to the plant location to establish a new church or revitalise an existing church through the diocese’s SDF programme. They will be based at the resource church but will spend some of their time preparing the ground in the chosen location within the diocese.

The role is advertised as interim to account for this planned move within the three years, after which point the Planting Pioneer takes on a new role, leading the plant.

The location of the plant will be identified in consultation with the local areas, the planter and plant team, and diocesan strategy. We are looking for someone who is open, flexible and responsive to where the Spirit creates opportunity, and keen to build plans with us.

We are looking for someone who is a passionate follow of Christ who can evidence a strong commitment to the mission of God’s church by reaching and inspiring others to reach new people with the good news of Jesus. They will be a person who can cast vision and pioneer new initiatives with a willingness to build from nothing and not be afraid of taking risks, willing to learn from failure as well as success. They will have the ability to identify and invest in leaders and release and equip the saints for acts of service.

Upon planting, the Planting Pioneer will continue to receive support from St Swithin’s, St. Mark’s and the SDF programme board. The aim for each plant within this programme is to grow by 150 people and become self-sustaining within 5 years.

If you are interested, please read our profile and if you would like to talk it through, please contact the vicar of St. Swithin’s, Jim Prestwood, on or 07875476102.

Applications close: 7th February, 9AM

Parish visit: 27th February (or by prior arrangement. Accommodation and meals will be provided where required).

Interviews: 28th February at The Salt House, Free School Lane, Lincoln, LN2 1EY

Prior to interview: We ask all candidates to send a recording (or links to a recording) of 3 of their sermons and attend a parish visit before interview. These can be uploaded via Pathways.

At interview: Candidates will be asked to present for 5 minutes on the topic: “How do we practically go about making faithful, confident and joyful disciples who make disciples in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic?”

St. Swithin's and St. Mark’s has to offer:

  • Being part of a designated city centre resource church, supported by the diocese, the Church Revitalisation Trust and HTB network
  • Being a part of a growing, fun and supportive staff team
  • Opportunity to make a significant difference in a faith filled, ‘can do’ environment where creativity and risk taking are encouraged
  • Working collaboratively in the training, development and releasing of leaders, with opportunities to resource other churches in this
  • A young, vibrant and growing church with a significant percentage of students and young adults as well as ministry opportunities in every age group
  • Financial support for conferences, training and retreats
  • 6 weeks holiday a year and full expenses.

For more information:

Lincoln Diocese

St Swithins Website

St Swithins Facebook

St Marks’ website

St. Mark’s Facebook

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and communities, and in particular those that are currently under represented in our workforce. This includes, but is not limited to, United Kingdom Minority Ethnic (UKME) candidates.