Team Rector - 4Saints Team (Huyton Deanery)

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West Derby

The four churches that make up the 4Saints Team cover a deprived area of Knowsley six miles to the east of Liverpool City centre. They are seeking a Team Rector to lead the clergy and laity to unite behind a vision of seeing a bigger church making a bigger difference. They have an exciting opportunity to lead the team on the next stage of the journey.

With four churches in the team – St Luke's, St Jude’s, St Mary’s and St George’s – you will find a great deal of variety. As Team Rector, you will also have primary pastoral responsibility for St Luke’s – with a four bedroom vicarage provided for your use – but you will be working alongside the team to minister to the community.

The community presents many opportunities for mission which includes Knowsley Safari Park and a children’s hospice and Alder Hey Children’s hospital is nearby.

Closing Date: 23rd April 2019
Interviews: 15th May 2019

The 4Saints Team was formed in 2014. Alongside the Team Rector are two stipendiary Team Vicars with an evangelist, an SSM curate (at the end of her curacy though), Reader, Deanery Schools and Youth Worker, a pastoral assistant and hub manager. Each church has its own distinctive style but are broadly open evangelical. They seek to serve in practical ways from social action to be a listening ear. They aim to be in the heart of the community.

Although they currently pay their parish share they acknowledge the challenges of declining congregations and reduced giving. They are seeking in different ways to address and face these challenge through the bigger church bigger difference vision.

The team share much in the way of discipleship and nurture courses and want to develop on the mission activities spurred by a recent diocesan mission event. They are also interested in developing their pastoral care strategy. They are interested in establishing satellite congregations and place a great deal of emphasis on how they can benefit from increasing collaboration between churches.

The team are actively working with seven primary schools and a college in the local community.

The team is looking for a priest who will:

  • lead the team in growing numerically and spiritually
  • develop a culture which encourages discipleship through the Diocesan Rule of Life
  • co-ordinate a missional approach to the new housing developments
  • communicate a strong vision for building the team and managing change
  • help the team remain a place where all ages are welcomed and can grow in their faith
  • support the diocesan strategy seeking opportunities to build a bigger church to make a bigger difference

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • strong leadership skills
  • enthusiasm, passion and energy
  • an ability to communicate well with all ages
  • humility and self-awareness
  • a God centred, bible based, spirit filled approach

For more information about this application process, please use this link

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. When Bishop Paul was installed he adopted our growth agenda refreshing it by saying ‘we are asking God for a bigger church so we can make a bigger difference; more people knowing Jesus more justice in the world’

This is how we express our mission.

We think we will achieve this mission if we have

100 new congregations
1,000 new leaders
10,000 disciples

to help us do this we are calling every worshipping Christian in our diocese to

  • Sign up to the Bishop of Liverpool’s rule of life which will encourage and support us to Read, Learn, Pray, Give, Serve, Tell
  • bring 1 friend into the regular worshipping and serving life of the church (bring one friend)

do 10 acts of service or find 10 new points of connection beyond the walls of the church (do ten things)“