Welcome to the Parish Profile for All Saints, Wingerworth, an expanding suburb village on the south side of Chesterfield. As part of the North-East Deanery in Derby Diocese, this area is experiencing large numbers of new homes (and a new school) and this, together with the challenges and complexities of a post-pandemic world, require someone who can lead this faithful and committed church community into all that God has for them, seeing lives transformed, the church grow, and the community (both existing and new) built up and strengthened.
This post is half-time and fixed term (for 3 years) with the potential for that to be extended.
Getting to know and starting to work with the neighbouring Parishes (Ss. Augustine’s, Chesterfield and St. John’s, Walton in particular) will be a key to success here, looking for what could be done better together, and the existing church community has much to bring to that as you will discover as you read on.
The role has huge potential for someone with vision, a heart for people and an ability to engage strategically with all that is already here along with exciting new opportunities, to see God’s Kingdom come.
This half-time fixed-term post, initially for 3 years, has a number of key elements:
- the challenge of village growth (from 6000 to 8000 over a five year period); you would need to work with the Church to develop a fresh vision to facilitate the integration and involvement of new residents (and existing ones) into village and church life;
- the opportunity for furthering Christ’s work in this community provided by excellent, established links to two very successful primary schools in the parish and the tremendous opportunity which these, along with a third (Church of England) school soon to be built within the boundaries could bring
- the joy of 2 diverse congregations made up of people from across all age ranges, supported by licensed leaders, a committed PCC and well-established volunteers across a range of activities who look forward to leadership that leads them further into all that God has for them
- the potential of developing mutually supportive and creative relationships with neighbouring Parishes; the hope of being ‘better together’ in some areas of mission particularly.
Key responsibilities include:
- To build and grow the church in the community and across the community.
- A leader in mission and discipleship committed to spreading the Good News of the Kingdom of God.
- to work with the current church community to deepen discipleship, grow vision and further develop the potential of existing ministries.
- to continue to nurture the strong links between church, village community and current schools
- to assess the potential and begin to develop a new worshipping community focussed in a new housing area (which will include a new church school)
- to build a working relationship with neighbouring Parishes to see God’s Kingdom flourish across communities as new developments transcend parish boundaries.
- To build sustainability in mission, ministry and leadership
We need someone …
- With energy, enthusiasm, and the experience to bring together the whole congregation ranging from young children to older adults.
- With the vision to expand our congregation working alongside people of all ages, to encourage them to contribute and commit to a living faith in God.
- Who would rise to the challenge of a new estate of over 1000 homes which will include a new church school for the parish.
If you have the energy and enthusiasm to tackle what is a demanding job, and still have the ability to smile and laugh at life as it unfolds then linger no longer – we could be just the church you’re looking for and you could be just the person we seek: please take a look at our profile.
Located in a growing village nestling near the edge of the glorious Peak District National Park, we are an established, traditional, village Church with a regular weekly congregation of 60+; one parish with a heart to grow through mission and outreach across all age-groups.