West Derby deanery is currently made up of 13 small parishes. West Derby Fit for Mission will see most of these parishes combined into a ‘Single Larger Parish’ called ‘Christ our Hope Liverpool’. Individual churches and worshipping communities will still exist, but the majority of the governance and administration will be shared across the larger parish. This will free clergy and laity to focus on the missional work of the church. There will be space for creativity and collaboration; as a Vicar in this new Team Ministry you will play an important role in shaping this future.
Croxteth and Norris Green are outer urban estates around 5 miles from Liverpool city centre (to which they are joined by excellent bus links). They are heavily populated residential areas, with a mix of accomodation built mainly in the 1920s-1950s. This is an Urban Priority Area, with all that implies, but is also a place with a strong community spirit and a fairly settled population.
This role will have particular pastoral charge for The Good Shepherd church, which describes itself as an ‘open minded traditional church’. The Good Shepherd is currently incorporating some of the congregation of St Christopher’s church, which is exploring closure, and part of the role will likely involve working to integrate those two congregations, as well as developing new leaders and working with them to plant new worshipping communities. For the last 20 years these two churches have been working together informally alongside Christ Church (which will also be joining the new Christ Our Hope parish); together they established the Triple C charity in 2007. The Vicar of the Good Shepherd will be actively involved in the charity as a lead trustee.
Closing Date: Sunday 3rd December 2023
Interview Date: Tuesday 9th January 2024
For more information please contact: The Ven Dr Miranda Threlfall-Holmes, Archdeacon of Liverpool
Phone: 0151 705 2159 / 07565 521309 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our ideal candidate will be:
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 – consistent with the whole of the Church of England. We have articulated a vision for this growth by saying
we are asking God for a bigger church so that we can make a bigger difference:
more people knowing Jesus and more justice in the world.
In our diocesan vision we have identified four priority areas for our work in mission in this season:
Introducing people to God through Jesus Christ
Deepening discipleship, especially by means of our Rule of Life
Developing Christian leaders in every place
Working for justice
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:-