Vicar of Redland Bristol

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Redland is an attractive area near the centre of Bristol, a vibrant city with every amenity including excellent schools, colleges and universities, theatres and concert halls, and sports facilities. It is frequently voted one of the most attractive cities in the UK.

We are blessed at Redland in having a beautiful Grade I Listed Georgian Chapel and a modern 21st century eco-friendly hall complex around an attractive Green next to the vicarage. This gives us the ability to offer all types of environment for our worship services and outreach to the local community.

We embrace the Diocesan Creating Connections strategy; many current activities contribute to the priorities of Growing Leaders, Making Disciples and Engaging Younger Generations. We look forward to developing these

Our aim is to encourage and support one another to develop our faith, make a difference in people's lives and be involved in the building of God's Kingdom. We are seeking a new Vicar who is intentional in their own discipleship and will inspire us as a church and as individuals to seek to be faithful followers of Christ continuously.

Bringing together what we are seeking in all the areas of our ministry, our prayer is for an incumbent...

  • Who is an effective, servant-hearted and decisive leader, able to engage with strategic discussions and who will help shape and implement a clear vision for the church
  • Who is passionate about sharing the Gospel and skilled in encouraging and equipping others to do so
  • Whose life and teaching ministry is rooted in the authority and reliability of the Bible and who can communicate its truth effectively to people of all ages and backgrounds
  • Who has a heart and a vision for developing our work with children, young people, young families and young adults, and can balance that vision with the needs of the wider congregation
  • Who is able to lead and develop the prayer life of the Church.

Serving alongside and managing a team of staff, licensed lay members and volunteers, the vicar of Redland Parish Church will work closely with our partner churches and others in the Diocese of Bristol to develop the vision and mission of both the church and the diocese. This role will involve:

  • Leading the church at Redland and having oversight for the activities undertaken by the church, with close reference to our vision and the priorities identified by the diocese.
  • Taking a lead on the pastoral care of our congregation and those in our community who are in need.
  • Equipping and inspiring church members to develop their own gifts and use them in service of the Kingdom.

Leadership in mission

  • Build on the established relationship we already have with mission partners and organisations both in the UK and across the world, continuing to promote the importance of mission and our existing links.
  • Lead the church in developing our links with the community, both in our immediate neighbourhood and across Bristol, particularly in citywide initiatives with the homeless.
  • Build on the partnerships already established with other churches in the area, encouraging members to become involved in opportunities for support and outreach.
  • Ensure the church responds to and engages with the Diocesan Vision and Priorities.
  • Support the Children’s & Youth Workers and the Redland Education Centre in strengthening connections with local schools, and in further developing children’s and youth ministry.

Team Leadership and ministry development

  • Develop and lead a strong leadership team, enabling team members to use and grow their gifts in ministry and mission.
  • Ensure support, leadership and line management is in place for the Associate Ministers, the Children’s & Youth Workers, non-stipendiary ministers (ordained and lay), the Operations Manager, the Church Administrator and other staff, including those in Lantern Pre-School and the Redland Education Centre.
  • Raise and mentor emerging leaders in the church congregation.
  • Identify, encourage and develop gifts for ministry across the church.
  • Encourage the development of licensed ministry and be ready to supervise licensed ministers appropriately.
  • Act as training incumbent for curates.

Leading Worship

  • Lead a wide range of services, from more reflective to contemporary and informal, thoughtfully and confidently, encompassing: respect for the liturgy, teaching from the Bible, an emphasis on application of the Word and its relevance to everyday life, an emphasis on prayer as an important aspect of each service, and allowing space to respond to the prompting of the Holy Spirit.
  • Take a lead on the development of the re-modelled 10am service, helping to shape the vision for this service and playing a central role in delivering and developing it.
  • Work with others, both staff and volunteers, in planning and conducting a programme of worship that reflects the church’s vision, inspires and challenges, and makes full use of a variety of available resources.
  • Provide oversight for service leadership and preaching by other members of the team
  • Work with those in the church involved in music ministry to develop creative approaches to sung worship.

Encouraging discipleship

  • Preach the good news of God’s Kingdom in a way that encourages the development of faith, adapting the style and content for different occasions and purposes
  • Maintain a preaching and teaching ministry which connects the Christian faith with all aspects of life
  • Work with others to ensure opportunities for learning that develop faith, encourage regular personal Bible study and prayer, and strengthen discipleship
  • Build on the church’s vision for the development of small groups as a key part of our approach to discipleship.
  • Challenge the congregation to give generously in money, time and talents as a response to God’s generosity and to further the church’s mission
  • Challenge the congregation to engage prayerfully and practically with the problems of the wider world, such as homelessness, poverty, hunger, conflict, addiction and displacement.

Pastoral care

  • Work with others to identify pastoral care needs and develop appropriate structures and skills to respond to and meet those needs in the parish
  • Ensure that appropriate support is offered to those in need of pastoral care, to the sick and dying, bereavement, and individual support and visiting
  • To lead in preparing people for baptism and confirmation

Administration and parish organisation

  • Work in collaboration with the PCC, Churchwardens, Director of Organisations (?) and Strategy Group to ensure effective organisation and godly stewardship of the parish’s resources
  • Play an appropriate part in the administration and organisation of the parish
  • Affirm and abide by national, diocesan and parish policies and legal requirements
  • Ensure good communication within the parish and relay key messages from the deanery, diocese and national church.

Ministering in a wider context

  • Play a full part in the life of the Diocese and Deanery, including Deanery Chapter and at Deanery Synod
  • Be open to additional diocesan responsibilities
  • Develop partnership with Easton Family Centre

Self-discipline, spiritual discipline and own development

  • Give continual attention to own personal, spiritual and professional development
  • Participate in Ministerial Development Review and undertake appropriate Continuing Professional Development
  • Maintain professional boundaries
  • Develop and maintain a prayerful spiritual life with appropriate support networks
  • Follow a pattern of life that allows the personal, family and spiritual aspects of life to flourish alongside the demands of ministry

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The closing date for this post Midnight on 18 September

Visits and interviews 23/24 October