Rector of Mossley Hill St Matthew and St James

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Mossley Hill, Liverpool
Office Holder
£27,271pa

We are looking for a talented priest to lead our vibrant, warm and growing church with a heart for children and older members alike who will strengthen the ministry to all ages and backgrounds.

We want someone who will work with us to develop a coherent strategy for engaging with the community and who will encourage everyone to live out their faith in their everyday lives.

Mossley Hill is a popular family friendly residential suburb with a strong sense of community located to the south of the city. It is a lovely area of Liverpool, combining gorgeous green areas, famous roads and lots of independent, local businesses. The population of the area according to the 2011 census was 13816 but there have been several property developments since then and more currently underway planned in close proximity to the church.

The church of St Matthew and St James is a local landmark with its tower and clock visible for miles around. The magnificent Victorian church and allied buildings have recently been extended and refurbished and are well maintained and valued by the community.

We have a variety of services in different styles of worship, from the more traditional through to the most contemporary. We are a busy, welcoming and thriving church with a growing family congregation and a smaller but stable more traditional congregation.

On a typical Sunday we would welcome up to 250 people including around 100 children into the church across 3 services. We are a very child friendly church and have strong connections with local schools.

It is one of the 17 churches in the Liverpool South Deanery and part of Churches Together Mossley Hill.

The Rector will live in 4 bedroom detached property with attached garage and a spacious garden. There are a number of highly-rated schools in the area with 2 schools in the parish itself and many more close by.

A message from the Parish:

"Looking at this Parish Profile you may think we are a busy church – we are. You may think we are a big church – we are. You may conclude we have it all sorted –we haven’t. You may conclude that we need someone who will just keep the show on the road –we don’t. We need someone who can enthuse and energise us, who can build a team and help us to discern our priorities. Above all, we need someone who can keep us focussed on the risen Lord and remind us what we are doing it all for. We may be the big church on the hill but we still need to grow - spiritually - and we want to grow with our new Rector. Is the Lord calling you to us?"

Short Listing: Wednesday 27th July 2022

Interviews: Monday 15th August 2022

For more information on this vacancy please contact the Archdeacon of Liverpool the Ven. Mike McGurk on: mike.mcgurk@liverpool.anglican.org.uk

The parish of St Matthew and St James, (known as Mossley Hill Parish Church) is at the top of Rose Lane in Deanery of Liverpool south, where the local shops, pub, businesses and restaurants are found. The magnificent Victorian building is a landmark with our tower and clock visible for miles around.

St Matthew and St James history is a busy, welcoming and thriving church with a growing family congregation and a smaller but stable more traditional congregation. It is one of the 17 churches in the Liverpool South Deanery and part of Churches Together Mossley Hill. The parish itself is growing with considerable housing developments planned in close proximity to the church. The buildings have recently been extended and refurbished and are well maintained and valued by the community. There are some challenges with increasing the regular giving, the finances are encouraging due partly to the income revenue stream from hiring and letting the buildings. The role is an exciting one, and not without its challenges, but we know that, for the right person, it has the potential to be deeply rewarding.

As well as your local responsibilities, as a leader in the Diocese of Liverpool you will be expected to:-

  • Constantly advocate diocesan strategy
  • Sign people up to the Rule of Life
  • Nurture existing leaders and identify new ones
  • Identify and commission teams
  • Build and lead a leadership team
  • Create a positive culture of accountability
  • Establish connections between worshipping communities
  • Attend to financial health of your worshipping communities

Our Ideal Candidate will:

  • Develop a collaboratively coherent vision plan for engaging with the community
  • Have a compassionate use of occasional offices for both mission and caring for the community
  • Develop new ministries within the church and community.
  • Encourage all people to live out their faith in their everyday lives.
  • Have a heart for children and older members alike, recognising their pastoral needs and strengthening the ministry to all ages and backgrounds.
  • Be a disciple the growing congregation, participating in alpha and other such like course.
  • Build up, equip and release other leaders encouraging all to develop their skills for God’s work.
  • Preach confidently and inspire the congregations.
  • Create and develop missional ways to engage in the local community, interacting with local community leaders and agencies to serve the common good.
  • Be able to minster and support the existing traditional and contemporary styles of worship and looking at ways the various congregations can get to know each other better successfully integrating as one church family.

Being part of the Clergy Team in Liverpool Diocese

For many years we have been working to achieve growth in our diocese. We have used different ways to express this but the aim and direction of travel has remained the same – consistent with the whole of the Church of England. Bishop Paul has articulated a vision for this growth by saying

“We are asking God for a bigger church so we can make a bigger difference”; said another way, “We long to see more people knowing Jesus and more justice in the world.”

To achieve this vision we are working to develop:

  • 100 new congregations
  • 1000 new leaders
  • 10,000 new disciples

Further, we are asking every worshipping Christian in our diocese to:

  1. Sign up to the Bishop of Liverpool’s rule of life which will encourage and support us to Pray, Read, Learn, Tell, Serve, Give, #RuleOfLife www.ruleoflife.org.uk
  2. Bring 1 person into the regular worshipping and serving life of the church #BringOneFriend www.liverpool,anglican.org/BringOneFriend
  3. Do 10 acts of service or find 10 new points of connection beyond the walls of the church #DoTenThings www.liverpool,anglican.org/DoTenThings