CRAVEN ARMS- GATEWAY TO THE MARCHES
The Anglican parishes of the Craven Arms Group in partnership with the Craven Arms Methodist Church and supported by St Andrew’s Independent Church are united in seeking an Ordained Minister in Anglican orders who brings a passion, skills and if possible a track record in reaching a fresh generation for Christ. The call is for someone who through the use of an intentional approach to mission, evangelism and discipleship will lead and enable the formation and discipleship of a new and renewed community of faith.
You will be released to focus on Evangelism and Discipleship:
The priority is for a person to bring vision, energy and a confidence in the gospel. The ability to draw others into faith in Christ will be of primary importance and whoever comes needs to be able to consistently devote much of their time to building relationships as the vast majority of people living in our communities have nothing to do with traditional church. We believe that many of them have not actively rejected God, they simply haven’t heard or thought about faith.
There is good work already on which to build. Jointly the Methodists and Anglicans run a Messy Church and Open the Book is well established in the schools. There is also a ‘Filling Station’ that seeks to encourage and renew active service.
The vision is a fresh and new community of faith that has the hallmarks of church. It is to be a community that takes discipleship seriously, and from whom it is expected leaders will emerge.
In making this appointment careful consideration is being given to the established parishes and Methodist congregation. It remains our conviction that the traditional patterns are life giving and that a good deal of effective mission and ministry is conducted through life events and the existing patterns. Given the number of retired clergy locally and their willingness for established active service it is envisaged that the majority of this ministry will be shared and delegated among them
For more information about this application process, please use this link
South Shropshire is a wonderful place to live. We offer an exciting opportunity to the successful applicant to develop a ministry which is an integral part of our wider community whilst helping us to grow spiritually as individuals and as churches.