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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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:-
Our Ideal Candidate will:
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:
Further, we are asking every worshipping Christian in our diocese to:
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