Vicar - St Mary's, Selly Oak

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We are praying for an enthusiastic, caring and innovative priest to lead St Mary’s in worship, discipleship and community engagement in this fast developing south western suburb of Birmingham. The church is committed to a Gospel of inclusivity, welcome and embrace. We are outward looking and a place for all in society to find comfort, healing and spiritual nourishment.

The new priest will be someone who will:

  • Work collaboratively and openly with colleagues and the lay membership
  • Grasp and exploit the many opportunities presented by occasional offices
  • Find creative and courageous ways to continue our missional outreach within the community
  • Maintain, enhance and extend the ministry in our local schools and among children and young people within the parish
  • Inspire us to rediscover, deepen and share our faith
  • Support and develop the strong musical traditions of the parish
  • Be passionate about the pastoral work of the church
  • Be committed to inter-faith dialogue and work ecumenically with other Christian churches and non-Christian institutions in the parish.

St Mary’s benefits from a committed Ministry Team of two SSMs and a Reader and from a strong tradition of lay leadership and volunteering. Selly Oak has long been a centre for educational, medical and faith-based institutions. The parish offers the new incumbent extensive opportunities for community engagement and partnership.

Closing Date: 15 May 2019 Interviews: 31 May 2019

A comprehensive Parish Profile is available here. A Diocesan Profile for this post should be read prior to submitting an application, this is available from the HR Support Officer, Chris Booth who can be emailed on

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons, particularly from those who are currently under-represented such as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups and women.

The Bishop, the Rt Revd David Urquhart, looks for priests to serve as incumbents who have the capacity to grow local church in spiritual depth, in numbers, in confident witness, and in serious engagement with their community. Central to this is the task of identifying, encouraging and endorsing the ministry of others and entrusting them with real responsibility in the work of mission and outreach.

The priest appointed to this role must have been ordained in the Church of England or a church in communion with it and must have exercised at least three years ordained ministry. Those applying to be considered must have the right to work in the UK as this vacancy has does not yet qualify to sponsor a visa. The priest appointed will be an office holder under Common Tenure, and the Ecclesiastical Offices (Terms of Service) Regulations will apply.

It is important that the priest appointed plays a full part in the life of the deanery, particularly Chapter and Synod, and in the wider programmes of the Diocese. Opportunities for ecumenical collaboration should also be pursued, and good relationships sought with other faith communities.

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