Vicar of St Barnabas Darwen and Curate in Charge of St Paul's Hoddlesden

Posted 20 days agoExpires in 22 days
Watery Lane, Darwen
Office Holder

These two churches who are working towards becoming a single parish are seeking an Evangelical priest who will help them to grow in faith and number according to the Diocesan Strategy ‘Vision 2026’.

St Barnabas serves an urban community in the southern part of the town of Darwen and has a modernised church building. Hoddlesden is a more rural community with a growing congregation that meets in school (and also has access to a small church room called ‘The Reach’.)

St Paul’s and St Barnabas’ have not worked together before but are now committed to uniting as a single Parish with a single PCC, pending a pastoral scheme. The successful candidate will also have oversight of the small community at St Mary’s Church, Grimehills, where there is a monthly Eucharist.

This full-time post offers a broad and fulfilling ministry across diverse communities, served by two excellent Church schools and with the support of strong lay leaders.

The candidate will:

  • Seek to develop and grow the congregations in line with ‘Vision 2026’ and expand the ministry of the Church further into the communities they serve
  • Work with lay and ordained colleagues on the leadership teams to develop worship, mission, ministry and community engagement across parishes with varied demographics
  • Further develop and strengthen the ministry to all schools in the parishes with a focus on our two church schools and prioritise work with children and young people
  • Continue to grow and nurture our leadership teams to provide both churches with the flexibility to serve and witness within their communities.
  • Develop the gifts of the Holy Spirit within the congregation
  • Delight in the strengths of existing patterns of worship whilst looking for opportunities to refresh and continually enhance our style. In particular, continue to exploit the potential of digital media.

The candidate will:

  • Have a heart for Jesus, be mature in their faith and believe in the power of prayer
  • Be nurtured in the open evangelical and charismatic traditions and be able to lead worship for all ages which is both accessible and inspiring
  • Have a gift for releasing and supporting people into ministry roles and delight in the churches’ strong traditions of lay leadership
  • Enjoy sharing their faith with others and be a clear and confident preacher and communicator, able to bring the Bible alive
  • Enjoy ministry to children and schools, be community focussed and actively involved in all aspects of parish life
  • Have the wisdom and the patience to build a new Parish with a strong vision for growth

For information about Blackburn diocese please follow this link

For information on making an application through Pathways please follow this link

For an informal conversation about the role please contact the Area Dean of Blackburn, The Revd Canon Andrew Horsfall by email

Closing date for applications: Monday 13th June 2022

Interview date: Thursday 21st July 2022