Associate Vicar

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Norwich
Office Holder

We seek God’s wisdom and grace to discern the person being called to this new and exciting role. We believe that it combines the best of pastoral responsibility for particular parishes together with the opportunity to work with a larger church. We are looking for a priest who can lead the smaller churches in mission and growth as well as someone able to support mission and ministry alongside colleagues elsewhere. As you pray about this post, may God grant you, too, the wisdom and the grace to discern whether this is your next call.

General:

  • Contributing to strategic leadership for the ongoing growth of the church; ·
  • Sharing oversight of a busy parish church, including deputising for the incumbent in his absence;
  • Leading weekly worship and Bible ministry in a wide range of settings and styles;
  • Being involved in all aspects of ministry within the benefice, including pastoral work and occasional offices, with specific day-to-day responsibility for the communities of Suffield Park, Roughton and Felbrigg.
  • Being part of the core staff team consisting of the Vicar, Assistant Minister, Curate and Church Secretary

Specific:

  • To develop our outreach and discipleship among families, especially within the context of social need and seasonal opportunities.
  • To take an active role within the three schools in our parish, and Roughton Primary School, including taking assemblies and school services as required
  • To help us reimagine our work with pre-schoolers
  • To oversee our Youth and Children’s work volunteers
  • To lead the congregations at Suffield Park and Roughton under the authority of the incumbent
  • To explore new patterns of worship that connect with contemporary culture
  • A mature disciple of Jesus Christ, committed to continually growing in your relationship with Him through prayer and scripture and a dependence on the Holy Spirit.
  • An ordained Anglican minister who has successfully completed IME 4-7/Phase 2
  • Committed to the authority of God’s word in all matters of belief and behaviour, including being able to uphold a traditional Christian position regarding marriage and sexuality as expressed in the Evangelical Alliance’s 2012 affirmation.
  • Thoroughly committed to an evangelical understanding of mission and ministry
  • Comfortable working within a parish church, whose congregations encompass a breadth of Anglican evangelicalism
  • Passionate about seeing lives and our community transformed by the good news of Jesus as we reach out in word and deed.
  • Convinced of the central role of the local church in achieving God’s purposes

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 Associate Vicar of Cromer will be someone who is excited by this vision and who is able to see ways in which it can be The Rt. Rev’d Dr Jane Steen Bishop of Lynn Lynn House, Commercial Road, Dereham, NR19 1AE 01362 709200 bishop.lynn@dioceseofnorwich.org PA: Mrs Ann Whittet ann.whittet@dioceseofnorwich.org made a lived reality. This will be particularly so in the benefices for which the post-holder has pastoral responsibility, and in reaching out to families in the St Martin’s area of Cromer.

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

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