Rector of Foulridge, Laneshawbridge and Trawden

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  • Three small village churches that want to grow and reach young families
  • An exciting diocese, with a clear strategy to encourage growth rather than manage decline
  • Accessible location on the edge of Colne in the heart of Bronte country
  • Two strong voluntary aided church primary schools that want closer links with their parish churches
  • Monthly all-age lay-led services in each church
  • Active non-stipendiary priest resident in the benefice

Our vision is based on the Diocesan Vision 2026, which we are seeking to achieve:

  • Making disciples for Jesus Christ
  • Being witnesses to Jesus Christ
  • Growing leaders for Jesus Christ
  • Inspiring children and young people

In five years’ time we envisage a healthier church that is transforming our village communities.

We have three key priorities:

  • We want to develop a deeper fellowship and discipleship within our churches
  • We want to engage people in Trawden, Laneshawbridge and Foulridge who are not part of a church community today
  • We want to strengthen our offer to young people.

We look forward to working with our new vicar to develop a mission action plan based around this vision and these priorities.

We are willing to explore forming a joint council to replace three separate PCCs, which would free up quite a bit of time, both for the vicar and church members

What we are looking for:

  • An inspirational leader and teacher
  • Someone able to work with all ages but especially children and young people and our church schools
  • A person with a modern approach to styles of worship for those who haven’t grown up in church, but also able to lead more traditional styles of worship
  • A priest who will build links with people from all walks of life in the community
  • Someone who can build on our special services which attract large numbers of occasional worshippers
  • Someone who will help us develop our mission and outreach, reinvigorating us
  • A leader who develops the roles of lay people in leadership
  • A priest able to balance the demands of three parishes, and help them work more closely together.

For information about Blackburn diocese please follow this link

For information on making an application through Pathways please follow this link

For an informal conversation about the role please contact The Revd Lesley Hinchcliffe, Area Dean of Pendle / 01254 396485

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 10th August 12noon

Interviews will take place on Tuesday 30th August

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