Team Vicar for Elstow Team Ministry

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The benefice is situated on the southern edge of Bedford town. The five parishes range in character from dense urban housing to rural farming community based around the tied houses of the Southill Estate.

The five parishes of our benefice, part of the Deanery of Bedford, all have their own distinct character. Each church acknowledges its individual needs and seeks to work together to further the links and good relations between the churches.

The role for the new Team Vicar will be largely dependent on the appointed individual. We need someone to take a lead in established and new communities. We have created a pattern of worship which we believe can be covered by two priests along with the 3 licensed lay ministers in the benefice. Each church recognises the need to both strengthen and grow their congregations, but equally they need to be challenged in how best to achieve this.
The new Team Vicar should be prepared to be active and visible across the united benefice. This includes re- establishing links within some of our local schools, where there is, or has been in the past, a strong relationship.

Do you:

  • Have the experience of enabling individuals to grow spiritually wherever they are on their personal pilgrimage?
  • Have the leadership capability to guide us through the challenges that we must face?
  • Have the vision to help us to make real our MAP and engage in missional ministry across our benefice and our wider society?
  • Have the necessary people skills that make you approachable, diplomatic, caring and empathetic?
  • Have boundless energy, enthusiasm, passion and drive?

Applications for this post cannot be made online via the Pathways platform. Should you wish to apply, please contact Tricia Reed, PA to the Archdeacon of Bedford at for an application pack or to organise and informal conversation with Archdeacon Dave Middlebrook.

We celebrate

  • Our diversity in styles of worship, music and spirituality.
  • Our mission and outreach to the community around us.
  • Our strong sense of family and fellowship.
  • Working in equal and mutually supportive partnership.

We face challenges with

  • New ways to connect with a multi-faith, multi-lingual, multi ethnic, increasingly transient population.
  • Growing and developing our patterns of worship to fit the needs of the 24/7 society we now live in.
  • Ensuring we have a sustainable foundation of good stewardship for our people and finances so we can create a real Mission Action Plan (MAP).
  • A rapidly expanding population around Bedford bringing even greater socio-economic diversity.