Priest in Charge of Southport Emmanuel & Assistant Curate of North Meols Team Crossens St John

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We are looking for a motivated and dynamic leader who can develop the mission at these two Southport churches. This new role has been created to work alongside the Team Rector of the North Meols Team to help shape future ministry in the area.

Focusing on Emmanuel but offering strong support to the SSM at St John's we are looking for a priest who can develop the gifts of the churches, be imaginative over mission possibilities and reach out to schools and the wider community.

We have a modern, purpose built four bedroomed home available.

Closing Date: 19th May 2019
Interviews: 18th June 2019

The two churches are embarking on a new venture full of exciting possibilities as they seek to build on a good foundation of faithful, prayerful service.

Emmanuel church in north Southport is in the central Anglican tradition with a thriving scout and guide group attached with family and messy church services designed to reach out to younger people. The church has a desire to rekindle some of our older fellowship groups. The church is well known in the parish, frequently used for weddings, funerals and baptisms and has a large hall for community use.

St John’s is a more liberal catholic church supported by a self-supporting curate and Lay Reader. The church has a range of services including messy church and family communion. Its community room is well used and the church has a thriving Brownie and Girl Guide unit. The church has excellent ecumenical links and strong links with the local CofE school.

Both churches are in the seaside town of Southport. Southport is a diverse community with all the attractions and challenges you would expect in a resort town. Southport is a great base for access to Liverpool, Manchester, the North West, Wales and beyond.

The church is looking for a priest who will:

  • foster and develop the vision of both churches for numerical and spiritual growth
  • encourage people to use their gifts
  • work with all ages, developing the work with children, young families and uniformed organisations
  • develop links with local schools
  • introduce new styles of worship
  • encourage good use of the church buildings.

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • energy and enthusiasm
  • an ability to organise resources
  • good communication skills whilst being approachable and encouraging
  • a desire to innovate without disrespecting traditions.

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)