Can you imagine earnestly praying ‘in Wigan as in heaven’? Could you be inspired by a vision rooted in Isaiah 35’s promise of seeing dry places burst into bloom? Do you have the energy and courage to lead people ‘off the map’ if the Spirit of Christ so guides?
If yes, being Hub Leader of Wigan Town Centre and Wigan Central might be the challenge for you.
This is a senior clergy leadership position at the heart of the Benefice of Wigan, known as ‘Church Wigan.’ The new large parishes of Wigan Town Centre and Wigan Central, comprising seven inherited worshipping communities and several emerging fresh expressions, work together as one ‘mission hub’ that unites people in vision, pools resources and stimulates diversity and creative outreach. By virtue of its location, the Town Centre and Central Hub has a unique opportunity to give light to the whole ‘house’ of Church Wigan (Matthew 5.14-16).
It’s a big task - but you won’t have to do it alone. A core value of Church Wigan is being team. As Hub Leader, you’ll be part of the closely supportive Wigan clergy team as well as the local hub team. We’re discovering that, led by Jesus and with the creativity, resilience and friendship that comes from praying and working closely with others, amazing things can happen!
Short Listing: Tuesday 28th March 2023
Interviews: Tuesday 18th April 2023
For more information on this vacancy please contact the acting Archdeacon of Wigan and West Lancashire the Revd. Canon Sam Nicholson on: Sam.Nicholson@liverpool.anglican.org
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:-
Key responsibilities include:
Our ideal candidate will:
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:
“We are asking God for a bigger church so we can make a bigger difference”; said another way: “We long to see more people knowing Jesus and more justice in the world.”
To achieve this vision we are rolling out a diocesan strategic transformation project called ‘Fit for Mission’ which is an ambitious, growth-orientated and locally delivered change programme to enable mission and ministry to flourish in the Diocese of Liverpool. All clergy in the Diocese are expected to align themselves fully with this vision and work to its fullest possible implementation.
We have 4 mission priorities which are foundational to this vision:
(i) introducing people to Jesus;
(ii) deepening discipleship;
(iii) developing Christian leaders, and
(iv) working for justice.
We are determined to make these priorities real in our life and ministry that includes: