Rector of Brindle St James and Diocesan Start of Ministry Officer

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Water Street, Brindle

This is an energising and inspiring post, combining a thriving rural Parish with the opportunity to pioneer a new approach to training and support for those in the first five years of ordained ministry.

As the Diocesan Start of Ministry Officer you will work with another half-time colleague to organise a programme of training and offer pastoral and leadership support to curates and those making the transition to first Incumbency, finding support from our Growing Leaders team.

As Rector of St James Brindle you will have responsibility for a parish church in the central tradition that serves a small village (close to Chorley) but has a large and vibrant congregation who pride themselves on their ministry of welcome.

This post provides an opportunity both to minister as a Parish Priest and to support others in ministry. It brings with it a range of rich working relationships and the opportunity to make a difference both at local and diocesan level.

As Rector of Brindle the candidate will:

  • Build on the strengths of an energetic congregation and seek to grow the church further in line with ‘Vision 2026’
  • Form and nurture lay leaders so that all can offer their gifts to the life and ministry of the church and live out their faith in their daily lives
  • Develop ministry to families and seek to grow the discipleship of those who attend church but whose commitment is weak
  • Maintain a strong link with the school and help the church to offer greater provision to those aged 11 to 18

As the Diocesan Start of Ministry Officer the candidate will work with a colleague to:

  • Arrange, resource, develop and oversee a programme of ministerial formation for curates throughout their title post and arrange for the sign-off of curates
  • Offer pastoral care to curates and support to training incumbents
  • Develop, resource and oversee a new two year programme for those who have made the transition into first incumbency
  • Work with others in offering pastoral support to first incumbents
  • Play a full part in the Growing Leaders team

Work relating to the Start of Ministry Programme will be divided up amongst the two Officers as background and experience best dictates

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have a disciplined and rich life of prayer and be able to give articulate reason for the hope that is within them.
  • Have the varied gifts necessary to think strategically across a Diocese and to minister locally within a Parish
  • Bring some experience of teaching or of organising adult education programmes
  • Understand and joyfully embrace the Five Guiding Principles and be able to work across different theological contexts
  • Be a team player who enjoys working collaboratively and who is aware of their own strengths and weaknesses
  • Have a deep love for Parish ministry and be willing to play a full part in village life
  • Be a gifted preacher and able to lead liturgical worship in a fresh and accessible way
  • Enjoy ministry to children and schools

For an informal conversation about the Diocesan Start of Ministry Officer aspect of this role please contact the Revd Nick McKee, Director of Vocations via his PA

For an informal conversation about the parish of St James Brindle please contact the Area Dean of Chorley, the Revd Neil Kelley by

Closing date for applications: Monday 23rd May 2022

Interview date: Wednesday 15th June 2022

As this is a dual role with a formal link within the Statement of Particulars. The DBF will manage the payroll for both roles under the terms and conditions set out in section 7 of the recruitment pack.