Vicar - Benefice of Bracknell

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Bracknell, Berkshire
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Vicar - Benefice of Bracknell

Our Parish has seen significant changes over recent years with the dissolution of the Team Ministry at the end of 2020, which now makes possible the appointment of an Incumbent. The Incumbent would have pastoral responsibilities for the parish.

The parish consists of two Anglican mission hubs, with more traditional clergy led congregations centred at Holy Trinity Church and a Fresh Expressions lay led congregation at Mosaic. We seek a visionary who will relish working across these contrasting styles and can sympathetically lead change. We envision this change including shifting the current priestly focus on Holy Trinity to a new balance, of new priestly roles, to support both hubs in order to achieve our parish ambition of growth and outreach. This would include more focus of the incumbent’s role on reaching the unchurched.

The Parish also provides oversight to the Town Centre Mission.

Our ambition is:

To appoint an incumbent to:

  • Lead our journey as a Parish to be a sustainable presence in the evolving town of Bracknell
  • Enable our congregations to develop as disciples in faith and mission
  • Enhance our lay capabilities

We are looking for a priest who:

• Relishes new opportunities

• Encourages us to build relationships across the generations

• Can sympathetically lead change, particularly within Holy Trinity congregations.

• Will help us to help them in maintaining their well being and our resilience by being more lay reliant.

Holy Trinity

The congregations of Holy Trinity are ‘gathered’, with over 50% of those who attend and on the electoral roll living outside the Parish boundary. Members tend to come from a traditional Anglican background, enjoy the church space as a place of worship and/or value ordained leadership.

During Lockdown services have move to Zoom and live streaming on Facebook.

Due to its location near to the town centre, which is within the parish boundaries, Holy Trinity acts as the civic church. The town’s Remembrance Sunday service has traditionally been held in the church. A Battle of Britain Sunday service is attended by Air Cadets, reflecting Bracknell’s association with the RAF.

Mosaic Bracknell

Mosaic Bracknell’s mission statement is ‘Build community, grow disciples, reach the unchurched’. We are intentionally focussed on seeker friendly activities and positioned as a church for people who don’t do church and who either have no church experience or have been away from church for a long time. The image of Mosaic represents us as broken people brought together by God to make a thing of beauty. We use the Mosaic logo which was originated by Irwin McManus in Mosaic Los Angeles

Our services are informal and café style, for the whole family, with the minimum elements of a Service of the Word, including a short (typically 12 minute) talk and an aim to engage people in dialogue and response. In more normal times we meet as a church family on Sunday mornings in The Parks Community Centre. This location gives us a particular interest in outreach to The Parks estate.

Key responsibilities specific to the local situation

  • Lead the development of a shared vision, strategy and plan for the next phase in the new life of Bracknell Parish
  • Lead the development of the parish leadership team, identifying and nurturing gifts
  • Enable the growth in discipleship e.g. through the strategic use of Sunday and mid-week gatherings, 1:1 meetings and training of discipleship
  • Encourage and facilitate active engagement in worship and mission across all ages
  • Encourage mission and outreach to the unchurched
  • Be part of the leadership team of the lay-led Mosaic congregation and the steering group of the Town Centre Mission, who will involve the Incumbent in all significant decisions

Who we need - The PCC believe the following attributes are essential in our appointed Parish Incumbent:

  • Servant leader with a collaborative style of ministry with clear accountability
  • Collaborative ability to develop a vision, strategy and plan, for the next phase in the new life of the Parish of Bracknell
  • Ready for the challenges of change and a growing church
  • Values and encourages the contributions of all through active engagement
  • Ability to discern gifts and ministry in others, and experience in nurturing such gifts.
  • Someone who takes their own well-being (spiritual, mental, physical) seriously in order to maintain their resilience, sustain their ministry and love their life among us

Closing date for applications: Sunday 6 February 2022
Interview Date: Thursday 3 March 2022

Our Parish mission statement is:

‘Called together to make Christ known’

As ‘one body with many parts’, we believe that we are called to teach, train and equip the people of God in the Parish of Bracknell to make the love of God known through:

  • our worship,
  • our pastoral care,
  • our involvement in community life.

We aim to draw people to Christ by making our mission appropriate to the time and place in which we are called to serve. We will continue to develop and support our congregations, encouraging them to be prayerful, faith-confident people.