Vicar of Clubmoor St Andrew

Posted 21 days agoExpires in 23 days
Clubmoor
Office Holder
£27,271pa

We are looking for a compassionate and encouraging priest who can provide strong leadership, to deepen our Discipleship and lead us as we move forward in the restructuring of our Deanery with Fit For Mission.

St Andrew’s have a long history and strong reputation for their relationship with the local area and would consider themselves as an outward facing, missional church with different expressions of practical and spiritual support for its communities. We require someone who can maintain and encourage the strong links with our community. One form of outreach we have within our community is through Missional Communities (MC) which were launched at St. Andrew’s in 2009, and have evolved over time. They are currently the only format for mid-week meetings and provide the basis for mission and discipleship across the church. We currently have 8 MC’s which you can read about on our Parish profile.

St Andrew’s Clubmoor is a charismatic, evangelical church but are welcoming to people of all expressions of faith.

Short Listing: Tuesday 6th September 2022

Interviews: Friday 16th September 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 is set on the Northeast point of the Liverpool ring road with 4000 homes and around 11,000 people living in the parish. It is approximately 1 mile long and ½ mile wide and the area is made up of several different housing estates that are a mixture of housing association and privately owned. The area is well situated for the city centre and outlying areas and public transport is good. Within the parish there is a Primary school, 1 nursing home, 1 sheltered housing complex, 3 other churches, some small groups of shops and a large supermarket.

There is a very strong support structure here, with a committed PCC, Standing Committee and Ministry Team at St Andrew’s, with two readers and also a Self-Supporting Minster.

The vicarage is a four bedroomed house situated adjacent to the church. It has a good-sized but easily maintained garden.

What we are looking for:

  • A leader who will reinvigorate the structures of the church; reignite our love for Jesus and reconnect us with our community. Who will endeavour to maintain and develop good contacts with other groups in the parish, e.g., schools, local councillors, community groups etc.?
  • Someone with a proven track record, ability and heart to walk alongside some of the most vulnerable in our society, to promote justice, inclusivity and equality and to help and empower people to live a life in all its fullness.
  • A leader who is committed to modelling their life on Jesus. Who has a life rooted in scripture and prayer and can teach and preach in a relevant way. Someone who is attentive to what God might be saying to the church, locally and across the deanery.
  • A leader who thinks strategically and has a heart for the least and the lost in our society – is missional and outward looking.
  • A person who will encourages individuals in their discipleship and helps to develop and embed a culture of discipleship with all ages across the church.

Our Ideal Candidate will:

• Provide spiritual leadership - to safeguard and maintain the Christian values of the organisation, and to guide our approach to tackling injustice through sound theological thinking.

• Support the Network to find its role in Fit for Mission thinking, as the deanery seeks to reform its social justice and other ministries.

• Have a compassionate use of occasional offices for both mission and caring for the 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 sympathetic and understanding of the diverse nature of modern-day society to ensure that the church is fully inclusive

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. We have articulated a vision for this growth by saying

we are asking God for a bigger church so that we can make a bigger difference:

more people knowing Jesus and more justice in the world.

In our diocesan vision we have identified four priority areas for our work in mission in this season:

Introducing people to God through Jesus Christ

Deepening discipleship, especially by means of our Rule of Life

Developing Christian leaders in every place

Working for justice

Like everyone entering a new role in the Diocese, you will accept the priority of these areas, and will measure your ministry by effectiveness in these areas. You will be supported and expected to be accountable (through the Ministerial Development Review as well as through regular meetings with your colleagues) for how they are being implemented within your area of responsibility.

In common with all clergy in the diocese, you will work together with others to:-

  1. Establish a culture of invitation in evangelism within the local church.
  2. Start new worshipping communities and maintain existing healthy worshipping communities that are accessible to all.
  3. Establish a culture in the local church of expecting a deepening of discipleship and putting into practice the 6 disciplines of the Rule of Life.
  4. Develop prayerfully a strategy for mission and church growth and aligning it with the Diocesan strategy Fit for Mission.
  5. Identify, train, release and support new Christian leaders and teams.
  6. Encourage vocations by identifying the gifts of others and assisting people to seek God’s calling for their lives.
  7. Develop the distinctive ministry of the local Church within the wider context of the Diocese, Deanery and local ecumenical setting by establishing and maintaining good collaborative working relationships with clergy and lay colleagues.
  8. Lead your congregations both to pray for justice in the Church and the world and to recognize how, working with others, your congregations can work for more justice in the Church, your local communities, and the world.
  9. Ensure that safeguarding, financial and other governance disciplines are followed.