Priest in Charge of Briningham and Briston

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Briston
Office Holder

Thank you for your interest in this post, as together we seek to discern who God may be calling to serve as the next Priest in Charge of the Briston and Briningham benefices. This letter is intended to supplement the information given in the Benefice Profile, adding a slightly wider perspective and some further information. This is a new post to be formed by bringing together two benefices. The benefices enthusiasm for this new venture, the lovely area, good schools and other amenities and good condition of the buildings make this a highly attractive post for an able and energetic priest.

General

  • To be a collaborative, encouraging and enabling leader in mission and ministry who discerns, rejoices and works with the gifts and vocations of others.
  • To draw the nine parishes of the two benefices together in a new united benefice, establishing with their PCCs a vision and a plan of action for their mission in the places in which they are set.
  • To establish good relationships personally with the local communities, building on those which already exist with the churches and seeing this as integral to rural ministry.
  • To take forward the diocesan vision, to be Transformed by Christ: Prayerful, Pastoral and Prophetic so that the united benefice becomes known for its manifestation of these qualities.

Specific

  • To work with the parishes to deepen the experience of those coming for baptism, marriage and funeral ministry so that they experience the love and joy of faith in Christ lived out in the lives of Christians and come to own that faith for themselves. Ways in which this might be done include groups for young parents, shared marriage preparation and enabling pastoral care for the bereaved from a range of people.
  • To encourage the PCCs and others in the current benefices to come together in new shared governance (united benefice, one or more joint PCCs etc) and in a new vision, working with them to establish, for example, a mission action plan based on the diocesan vision. Ways in which this might be done include mission actions for each parish which demonstrate each quality, such as a benefice Rule of Life (Prayerful), pastoral care based around the occasional offices, embracing Diddy Disciples or using the Pilgrim course (Pastoral) and choosing an area of social engagement to support, such as food banks, appropriate visiting of the lonely or housebound and so on as local need presents and encouraging young people in environmental work perhaps based around churchyards (Prophetic).

This is a new post which will require pioneering skills to develop ministry with schools and the parishes which reaches young people. In addition, this requires:

  • Excellence in building trust and developing relationships.
  • Authenticity which communicates a love of the church and the gospel in attractive ways.
  • Abilities in communicating, including in preaching and teaching, which are inspiring and hold attention.
  • Hospitality as you work with the parishes in encouraging their life together.

Diocese and Deanery

The Diocese of Norwich’s vision is to be Transformed by Christ: Prayerful, Pastoral, Prophetic. You can find out more information about this at https://www.dioceseofnorwich.org/about/vision-priorities/. Work is currently underway on the nine priority areas that will help us live out and deliver this vision. The parish priest of the benefices of Briningham and Briston will be someone who is excited by this vision and who is able to see ways in which it can be made a lived reality in the benefices. You will find more indications about this in the role description.

The Rt Revd Graham Usher, Bishop of Norwich since 2019, wrote an introduction to the Diocese which you can find at https://www.dioceseofnorwich.org/app/uploads/2020/12/Our-Life-Together-2021.pdf. This will tell you more about the character, structure, and organisation of the Diocese. Please be aware that it was written when the Diocesan vision was still being worked out and when the Bishop of Lynn writing this letter to you had not been appointed. The document is nevertheless well worth reading. We are currently working on implementation strategies arising from the nine action areas set out under the vision, following extensive consultation.