Ordained Lead Pioneer Minister

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Andover St Mary
Clergy

Ordained Lead Pioneer Minister, Andover

Local Pioneer Hub + Andover Pioneer Connection

Andover is a fast-growing town with three large new housing developments. This pioneer project seeks to find fresh ways to reconnect and engage with people, particularly with the 40% of people who have never been members of any church, with those under the age of 35 (of which Andover has the highest proportion in the Test Valley) and 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 developing fresh expressions of Church (fxC).

We are looking to recruit an Ordained Lead Pioneer Minister to lead the development of Andover Pioneer Connection and the Local Pioneer Hub, to resource and release lay pioneers to establish fresh expressions of Church across the town. Parochially, Andover is divided between the three benefices of Knights Enham, on the Northern side, West Andover and St Mary’s, a civic church in the centre of town, which is to become a Resource Church. The establishment of a Bishop’s Mission Order for the three parishes will provide a vehicle for pioneering new forms of Church across the town in partnership with the parish churches. Mission initiatives will be possible across parish boundaries, within networks where people gather, as well as where they live. This initiative will be contextually sensitive and deeply relational. It will listen to the needs of people exploring faith and will respond to that need.

The role will be to pioneer fresh expressions of church and develop Andover Pioneer Connection and the Pioneer Hub in collaboration with the Pioneer Advocate, leading a team of lay pioneers, gathering people together to offer training and resources, enable mutual support, minimise isolation, and nurture a creative, challenging and inspiring community of pioneering practice. By drawing together the skills and experience of pioneers and supporters of pioneering, we hope to resource and release an empowered lay leadership and lay-led fresh expressions of church. We envisage this will include:

  • Pioneer training;
  • Coaching and mentoring;
  • Community of practice;
  • Advocacy and support;
  • Accountability and oversight;
  • Prayer and reflection;
  • Quiet days and retreats;
  • Social gatherings and more.

The role will be to pioneer fresh expressions of church and develop Andover Pioneer Connection and the Pioneer Hub in collaboration with the Pioneer Advocate, leading a team of lay pioneers, gathering people together to offer training and resources, enable mutual support, minimise isolation, and nurture a creative, challenging and inspiring community of pioneering practice. By drawing together the skills and experience of pioneers and supporters of pioneering, we hope to resource and release an empowered lay leadership and lay-led fresh expressions of church. We envisage this will include:

  • Pioneer training;
  • Coaching and mentoring;
  • Community of practice;
  • Advocacy and support;
  • Accountability and oversight;
  • Prayer and reflection;
  • Quiet days and retreats;
  • Social gatherings and more.

  • An experienced pioneer with a heart for mission, passion and ability to train and support others in reimagining church and growing new disciples;
  • Ability to build strong working relationships with high emotional intelligence, relating to a range of people in different contexts and stages in their journeys of discipleship;
  • Skilled organiser with experience of managing complex processes;
  • Willingness to help others develop by assigning tasks that stretch their abilities yet allow them to achieve success;
  • Ability to understand people and their motivations, build good relationships with, and achieve results through the efforts of others as well as your own;
  • willingness and ability to manage difficult situations such as conflict well and in a timely fashion;
  • Effective management of resources to achieve maximum productivity;
  • Willingness to take responsibility and accountability for tasks and actions;
  • Ability to take in a range of information, think things through logically, and plan strategically for the future;
  • Ability to engage and enthuse others, using both emotional and rational arguments, so they can understand and commit to a strategy for mission and its objectives;
  • Ability to communicate well and put across your thoughts and ideas through a variety of communication approaches;
  • Flexible approach to work, and ability to adapt and change practices and processes in a rapidly changing environment;
  • Team player and collaborative worker, comfortable working with some direction.

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