Priest in Charge (Rector Designate) - Solihull

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The Bishop of Birmingham, working with the Society for the Maintenance of the Faith as Patron, wishes to appoint a Priest-in-Charge (Rector designate) to Solihull Parish

The congregations of our churches - St Alphege, St Helen’s and St Michael’s - are praying earnestly for the right person to come to Solihull to bring their own gifts, personality and ideas to our parish of nearly 30,000 people.

We have a wonderful foundation for Christian mission here - lots going on, willing people of all ages, money in the bank and well-maintained church buildings - but we have much untapped potential as we turn outwards.

Who will lead us, inspire us, teach us and organise us to better serve our communities? Maybe you?

Please read our profile, pray and listen to God. Maybe you are being called to plant new seeds in Solihull.

A Diocesan Profile for this post should be read prior to submitting an application, this is available from the HR Support Officer, Chris Booth who can be emailed on

To view the Parish Profile please click here.

Presentation is currently suspended to enable a review of the current team structure.

Closing date: 26th June 2022

Interviews: 22nd & 23rd July

Those interested are encouraged to contact the Archdeacon of Birmingham, Ven. Jenny Tomlinson: 07769 200507

An enhanced DBS will be required for this post.

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons, particularly from those currently under-represented including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups.

The Bishop, the Rt Revd David Urquhart, looks for priests to serve as incumbents who have the capacity to grow local church in spiritual depth, in numbers, in confident witness, and in serious engagement with their community. Central to this is the task of identifying, encouraging and endorsing the ministry of others and entrusting them with real responsibility in the work of mission and outreach.

The priest appointed to this role must have been ordained in the Church of England or a church in communion with it and must have exercised at least three years ordained ministry. Those applying to be considered must have the right to work in the UK as this vacancy has does not yet qualify to sponsor a visa. The priest appointed will be an office holder under Common Tenure, and the Ecclesiastical Offices (Terms of Service) Regulations will apply.

It is important that the priest appointed plays a full part in the life of the deanery, particularly Chapter and Synod, and in the wider programmes of the Diocese. Opportunities for ecumenical collaboration should also be pursued, and good relationships sought with other faith communities.