Associate Rector - Seven Saints, New Bury with Great Lever

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The Patronage Board of the benefice and the Bishop of Manchester wish to appoint a

Team Vicar to be known as Associate Team Rector

Seven Saints Team, New Bury with Great Lever

Closing date: 29th October 2018

Interview Date: 15th November 2018

The Seven Saints Team Ministry, is a single parish with four worshipping communities and lies within the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton. The Borough has lots to offer from museums jam-packed with ancient artefacts to breath-taking countryside and everything else in between, award-winning attractions, behind the scenes tours, fast-paced sport and leisurely country walks and easy links into central Manchester.

It is a team with marked social and ethical diversity within its boundaries plus a large number of schools and nurseries within its boundaries. This makes this team ministry one with many exciting possibilities for creative and pioneering ministry, especially with children and young people.

We are seeking a Team Vicar who:

  • is a person of strong faith with deep biblical foundations
  • is willing, able and eager to share leadership
  • is gifted in making disciples and enabling us to do the same.
  • is creative and collaborative, and will be able to pioneer new and exciting ways of being Church in the neighbourhood.
  • understands the strategic investment and opportunities for mission and ministry with schools.

In partnership with the Team Rector and wider staff team, the Team Vicar will enable the congregations to:

  • Implement the Team Mission Statement.
  • Continue the development of each congregation’s identity and ethos within the Team setting. Support each member ministry by the development of individual gifts, skills and vocations for the “common good".
  • To support a duel culture of discipleship and mission – seeking to see growth both numerically and spiritually. Support the development of a wide variety of worship which is both contextual and accessible.
  • Support the development of the buildings as places of wider community engagement, encouraging the congregations in their service of the local communities.
  • To take responsibility for promoting and developing links with the schools of the parish including being ex-officio governor at St James High School and St James Primary School.
  • To develop a team for the nurture of young people across the parish linking with the school chaplain at St James High School.

Spirituality and Tradition

  • Person with a strong personal faith with deep biblical foundations
  • Committed evangelical
  • Open to the Holy Spirit
  • Experience of collaboration across both tradition and denomination

Experience and Understanding

  • Proven ability to share the gospel in accessible ways to those who do not attend church
  • Understanding of the concerns and needs of children and young people and an ability to relate
  • Experience of working in schools.
  • Experience of being a school governor

Skills and Competencies

  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Be able to demonstrate an adaptable, engaging and enthusiastic style of communication ability across a wide age, social and ethnic backgrounds
  • Comfortable in sharing leadership. Show a willingness to trust others to deliver vital aspects of the churches work.
  • Able to nurture and develop all member ministry across diverse age and ability range, being able to see peoples God given potential.
  • Pastorally sensitive and robust
  • Ability to demonstrate a good level of IT literacy and experience
  • Ability to use Audio visual media e.g. power point or similar software in a worship setting

General Attributes

  • Be able to articulate a clear sense of God’s calling to this setting
  • Evidence an understanding of what it means to be a “team player”
  • Able to develop links with the wider Parish community and building up the links already established
  • Able to envision new ways to develop existing links with schools and release others to pioneer new opportunities
  • A creative and flexible thinker
  • Not afraid to be unconventional

For more information about the application process, please use this link

Bolton Deanery:

Our Identity: Bolton Deanery is a welcoming and diverse group of churches serving multi-ethnic communities in Bolton and neighbouring towns and communities within our area.

Our Vision: We share the Diocesan vision to be a worshipping, growing and transforming Christian presence at the heart of every community within our deanery.

Our Purpose: As a Deanery we are committed to using our gifts, energy and willingness to engage and co-operate with each other and the community around us, to be catalysts for transformation within all people who live in our area, and to draw people to Jesus.

Over the next few years, Bolton Deanery are committed to working together and focusing on 3 particular mission priorities:

Growing Younger: Engaging more effectively with younger generations through local schools

Growing Younger: Engaging with Young Adults

Going Further: Engaging with our wider community.

The Seven Saints Team is an integral part of the deanery and with a high number of church schools within the team, Seven Saints is a major focus as we seek to fulfil our deanery mission priorities and we would expect the new Associate Team Rector to play an active role as we look to fulfil our deanery mission priorities. In terms of clergy deployment; certainly up to 2020 there are no plans to reduce the number of stipendiary clergy in the Seven Saints Team. However the deanery still need to decide how clergy in the deanery will be deployed beyond 2020 which may affect Seven Saints in the future.