Priest-in-Charge - St Matts Plymouth

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St Matts are looking for a 'Priest-in-Charge' to help lead us in this new season of transition and change. We have put together a Parish Profile which gives a snap-shot into the life of St Matts, what it's like to be part of the family here and who we are looking for. This will give you a flavour of the type of church family we have here and hopefully gets you excited about the opportunity to join us here in our #GodAdventureByTheSea.

St Matts has been on an incredible journey over the last 6 years, having its roots as a HTB (Holy Trinity Brompton) church plant and South West resource church. We have grown and developed key areas of ministry and outreach over this time such as: small groups, students and Alpha to name a few. St Matts is a diverse, life giving and vibrant community who seek to be light in this city and region, provide a home for anyone and make Jesus known.

1. Leadership

  • Responsible for leading, overseeing and implementing the church’s vision - alongside the Church Council, Staff Team and other ministry leaders.
  • Lead the Staff Team with direct support from the Executive Director.
  • Lead and oversee the Church Council.
  • Ultimate oversight and responsibility of the church’s safeguarding, finances, and buildings and ensuring the church’s necessary legal obligations are fulfilled.(Operationally these areas are overseen and managed by the Executive Director).

2. Sunday and Occasional Services

  • Overall responsibility for the church’s Sunday Services, preaching and leading.
  • Responsible for identifying and training up new leaders in the church for preaching and leading.
  • Responsible for overseeing ‘Occasional Offices’ of baptisms, weddings, funerals and the administration of Communion.
  • Enable those attending services to experience a warm welcome, uplifting worship, to be fed by Jesus, through easily understood life-applicable and Bible-centred messages and opportunities for prayer ministry.

3. Join the Adventure

  • Responsible for overseeing the church’s ‘Join the Adventure’ sessions and process of integrating new members into the church family.

4. Small Groups

  • Champion the Small Group vision for St Matts and lead and/or attend a Small Group(s) each term.

5. Leadership Development

  • Responsible for identifying and training potential future church leaders.

6. City/Regional Involvement

  • Play an active role within the Deanery Chapter and Synod.
  • Build city-wide ecumenical relationships and those within the Anglican church.
  • Develop and maintain good relationships with other churches in Plymouth and the surrounding area through:
    • Love South West
    • Creation Fest
    • HTB Network
    • St Mellitus SW
  • Intentional Personal Friendships/Mentoring.

7. Church Planting

  • Play a significant part in the Diocesan Church planting and revitalisation strategy as a City Centre Resource Church.

8. Continuing Ministerial Development

  • Continue to develop as Priest in Charge and leader through attending Diocesan and other ministerial development training, reading and learning.

We are looking for a strategic senior leader to oversee our church community and its future direction. As a transformational and collaborative leader, our new leader will continue the work of developing, empowering and releasing leaders. Being Spirit filled with a high value on the presence and gifts of the Holy Spirit, they will be able to help sense and enable all that God wants to do with our church family, whilst being firmly established as a member of that family. They need to be committed to their own personal and spiritual development and able to inspire others around them to an authentic life of faith.

If you would like further information, take a look at the Role Description to gain a better understanding of what the role entails and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.

With enthusiasm, hope, faith and an incredible team behind us, we can't wait to see what God wants to do in and through us here at St Matts. If you love Jesus, are passionate about sharing the Gospel and enjoy getting stuck-in, then we would love you to consider St Matts as your potential new home!

St Matts Plymouth is a vibrant and growing City Centre Resource Church launched in September 2016 at the invitation of the Bishops of Exeter and Plymouth and in partnership with Holy Trinity Brompton. St Matts exists to play its part in the evangelisation of the nations, the revitalisation of the Church and the transformation of society. Or, in other words, we want everyone to experience a life-giving relationship with Jesus and for that to impact their lives and the world around them.

St Matts aims to fulfil this vision by helping people to:

This is a strategically important church within the City of Plymouth with a lively, Spirit-filled worshipping presence which overflows into practical expressions of Christ’s love.

As a resource church St Matt’s will continue to build on its outward looking vision as the Diocese looks for it to be a resource for the city which will include church planting, encouraging, and resourcing other churches across the city.