Parish of KNIGHTS ENHAM, ANDOVER
ASSOCIATE PIONEER MINISTER (common tenure interim post – 3 YEARS)
Andover’s neighbourhoods are becoming younger and more diverse. This project seeks to find fresh ways to reconnect and engage with people, particularly with those who will be moving into the thousands of new homes being built in the area. Alongside the established housing estates that were built in the 1970’s, these new development areas provide rich opportunities for us to reimagine church in a completely new context, with completely new communities.
Parochially, Andover is divided between the three benefices of Knights Enham, on the Northern side of town, West Andover and St Mary’s, a civic church in the centre of town, with a commitment to transition into becoming a Resource Church. There is a strong commitment from the leaders of the three parishes to build a foundation of collaborative working that will provide a vehicle for pioneering new forms of Church across the town. Initiatives will be possible across parish boundaries, within networks where people gather, as well as where they live. This project will be contextually sensitive and deeply relational. It will listen to the needs of people exploring faith and will respond to that need.
Beginning within the Parish of Knights Enham (North Andover), our desire is that the Pioneer Minister will work in collaboration with the other two town-centred parishes to see this ministry spread across the town.
We have begun a new venture, “Morse Gathering”, a Fresh Expression that currently gathers in Endeavour School on Augusta Park (a Major Development Area). The plan is for the Pioneer Minister to continue with this and other opportunities that ministering in a new housing estate will bring. It is intended that housing for the Pioneer will be provided on Augusta Park.
We are seeking a Pioneer with the ability to bring their own unique set of gifts, talents and calling to help us set some direction with this project. The Associate Pioneer Minister will be supported by a Pioneer Advocate, the Reverend Lee Davies, Priest in Charge of Knights Enham, who has past experience (in Liverpool Diocese) of supporting and mentoring Pioneers, and the Archdeacon for Mission Development, who will provide non-managerial support.
Our intended outcomes are:
At least 70% of fxC to be lay-led.
We are seeking an Associate Pioneer Minister who:
Worship & Preaching
Leadership & Collaboration
Discipleship, Learning & Nurture
Evangelism & Social Justice
Stewardship, Finances & Parish Organisation
Ecumenism & Links with other bodies
Will be a generous partner to others who serve the common good of the community of Andover.