Team Vicar - Rossendale Team Ministry

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Team Vicar – Rossendale Team Ministry
Is God calling you to share in the next exciting stage of our journey in Rossendale?

The Rossendale Valley is an outstanding and distinctive part of beautiful East Lancashire. Set in the South Pennine hills it is a place of outstanding beauty and warmth. An area which combines the opportunities to exercise ministry in both rural and very urban situations.

Interview date: Tuesday 5th July 2022

The creation of a Rossendale Team made up of the nine parishes that were part of The Deanery of Rossendale provides an exciting opportunity for mission and ministry that is relevant and forward looking.

The Team Rector along with the two team Vicars will work with other colleagues both lay and ordained in a genuinely collaborative approach to release energy for mission. A key aspect of a new way of working will be the establishment and development of a scheme of Focal Ministry that will ensure that all parishes have clearly defined and recognised leadership.

Ordained and lay ministers will be released to use their gifts not only within parishes but across the wider Team. The holding of portfolios for ministry across the Team will be modelled by the stipendiary clergy but will also come to include other clergy and lay ministers.

We want to see each of our parish churches become centres of excellence, concentrating our efforts rather than spreading our precious resources too thinly.

Our objectives are to ensure:

  • The establishment of viable worship centres with growing congregations
  • The growth and nurture of committed disciples of all ages
  • The development of a supportive network of churches blessing the work of each other

We are looking for a Team Vicar who will be part of the newly formed Rossendale Team, the first of our new Mission Communities within the Diocese of Manchester.

Alongside the Team Rector and a team of ordained and lay leaders, we are actively seeking to create a culture where the whole of God’s people can reach their potential.

Continuing to reach out to local community, across generations to see discipleship and new missional opportunities develop and all expressions of Church flourish.

  1. To take responsibility for portfolio areas to be decided upon on with the Team rector upon appointment and in local designated area. One example of what the portfolio might look like is given below:
    Civic Ministry
    Training & Development
    Discipleship
    Young Adults Ministry
  2. To take the lead within the Team Ministry in collaboration with the Team Rector; co-ordinating resources, people and buildings in line with the vision and mission of the Team.
  3. To maintain and develop stronger links with the schools both primary and secondary within the area. Ex-officio roles to be decided upon following appointment and pastoral reorganisation
  4. To be a change leader within the on-going transformations agenda of the Diocese.
  5. To share in the oversight and support of Focal Ministry

    A full list of responsibilities is contained in the Role Description attached.

We are looking for a Team Vicar who will be part of the newly formed Rossendale Team, the first of our new Mission Communities within the Diocese of Manchester.

Alongside the Team Rector and a team of ordained and lay leaders, we are actively seeking to create a culture where the whole of God’s people can reach their potential.

Continuing to reach out to local community, across generations to see discipleship and new missional opportunities develop and all expressions of Church flourish.

The role description is included within the paperwork for this post but we are willing to be adaptable depending on the gifts and skills the candidate offers.

We are looking for a person who will:

  • Be a person who can be both a team leader and a team player
  • Bring visionary and strategic thinking to the table and be able to develop the mission of the Team for future sustainability and growth.
  • Be a person who understands the strategic investment and opportunities for mission and ministry in schools.
  • Be adaptable, creative and willing to shape the cultural change needed.
  • Be a person willing to be a leader of change.

In June 2021, following Diocese wide consultation our 20 Deaneries became 7 Deaneries. Rossendale Deanery became one Deanery alongside the Bury and Radcliffe & Prestwich Deaneries to be part of the new Bury & Rossendale Deanery.

Due to unforeseen circumstances Rossendale Deanery in Jan 2020, was left with only 1 stipendiary Vicar remaining in post – who also happened to be Area Dean. Alongside the Archdeacon of Bolton, the Area Dean had been prayerfully considering the future of ministry within the Rossendale Valleys and circumstances has given us an opportunity to stop and consider the future shape of ministry within the Deanery as a whole. The following year was one of consultations and much debate for Rossendale to become one Team Ministry, led by three stipendiary ministers, supported by lay and ordained focal ministers supporting ministry across Rossendale. In January 2022 this new Team came into effect. This is an exciting time for the area and an exciting opportunity for new and creative ways of working across the Team.

A breadth of church traditions is evident in Rossendale and there is a high level of mutual respect for these traditions amongst and between the congregations and clergy. Honour and respect for difference is key to working together well.

Together we will address key issues:

  • Congregational age profile – we need to get younger, reaching children, teenagers and young adults
  • Communications - we need to get better at communicating with one another and “marketing” what we are about
  • Buildings – we need to consider long term sustainability ensuring our buildings are tools for mission
  • Growth – we need to reverse numerical decline
  • Resources – we need to become smarter and more generous in sharing with our partners in mission
  • Discipleship – we need to foster the concept that faith reaches into every aspect of life
  • Culture – we need to adopt ways of doing church that connect with our culture today
  • Service – we need to attract people to fill the essential roles that ensure our parishes are able to flourish
  • Online – we need to learn the lessons of the pandemic valuing and developing online ministries

“United in Christ, sharing God’s love, serving our community”