We want to reach out and grow – could you be the one to help us?
St James’ would make a great first parish for someone with a dynamic approach who shares our vision of winning people for Christ and building them up in Christ, though we would equally welcome someone with more experience bringing these characteristics to the role. We have a solid foundational vision which is supported by the PCC and can now be built on in the name of Christ to bring it to fruition.
Summary of Role
St James’ Church is committed to actively working together towards our vision and we have identified five key areas to work on during the next five years. Therefore, we are looking for a priest who will lead us in:
1. Growing the Church
Through prayer, teaching, compassion and outreach we would like to grow our congregation so that we can achieve the national average attendance for the population of our parish. This ambitious target would mean increasing our regular attendance at Sunday services to something approaching 200.
2. Growing Bible Teaching, Understanding and Application
To build people up in Christ we recognise that there is a need for people to encounter God and have a deep understanding of, and a love for, Christ. St James’ therefore aims to increase the number of our congregation attending regular Bible study groups and prayer meetings, and ensuring that our members prioritise Bible reading and prayer in their day-to-day life.
3. Growing into the Community
St James’ has a passion for engaging with our community to win people for Christ. We aim to re-start our community toddler group and to build a relationship with the new community centre and retirement apartment complex that is due to open in our parish in Spring 2023.
4. Growing Leaders and Volunteers
St James’ recognises that if we are to achieve our vision and deliver this plan, it will be essential to grow leaders and volunteers from within our congregation and by drawing on external resources. We seek a leader who will equip empower more women and men for leadership and service.
5. Growing and Improving Our Church Facilities
Over the years St James’ has successfully improved our Church building including new heating, removing pews to create a flexible space, and improving our foyer. We will prioritise and implement further improvements to our facilities over the next five years that will enable us to serve our congregation and community more effectively.
We are looking for
For an informal conversation about the post, please contact the Area Dean of Chorley Revd Neil Kelley firstname.lastname@example.org
For information about Blackburn diocese please follow this linkhttps://jobs.churchofengland.org/blackburn/vision-2026/
For information on making an application through Pathways please follow this linkhttps://jobs.churchofengland.org/HELP/candidate-faq/
Closing date: Friday 14th April 2023
Interviews will be held on: Friday 5th May 2023