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Priest in Charge/Associate Priest in the benefices of the Northern Lights Mission Partnership

Please Note: The application deadline for this post has now passed.


The Diocese of Sheffield was formed in 1914 and is in the Northern Province of York. It has a population of approximately 1.2 million people, 140 stipendiary clergy, 175 parishes and 216 churches.  It spreads over Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster and the subsidiary towns and villages of those areas, covering most of South Yorkshire (approximately half of Barnsley) and small parts of North Yorkshire, the East Riding and North Lincolnshire.

The Diocese is led by the Bishop of Sheffield (Diocesan Bishop) and the Bishop of Doncaster (Suffragan Bishop). It is separated into two Archdeaconries: Sheffield and Rotherham; and Doncaster.  Within these archdeaconries are the 12 Deaneries of: Attercliffe, Ecclesall, Ecclesfield, Hallam, Laughton, Rotherham; and Adwick-le-Street, Doncaster, Snaith & Hatfield, Tankersley, Wath and West Doncaster.

Church House

Diocesan Church House in Rotherham is the administrative hub of the diocese.

The two archdeacons have offices here and it is the base for the following departments: Communications, Finance, Property, Church Buildings, Safeguarding, Parish Support Team, St Peter’s College and the training functions, Education and the Diocesan Secretary.

Post Introduction

· To exercise the cure of souls in collaboration with the bishop

· To grow Christ-like, lively and diverse Christian communities across this mission partnership, which are effective in making disciples and in seeking to transform our society and God's world

· To represent the Church of England in the wider community

· To support, encourage and resource colleagues in the deanery and diocese, as together we seek to realise our diocesan vision.

Interview date 20th November 2017

For more information please visit www.sheffield.anglican.org/clergy-vacancies

For an informal talk please contact The Venerable Malcolm Chamberlain, on 01709 309110

Role Responsibility

General Responsibilities

· To fulfill the responsibilities of clergy as described in the Canons, the Ordinal, the Guidelines for the Professional Conduct for the Clergy and other relevant legislation.

· To watch over yourself.

· To ensure that a high standard of worship, preaching and pastoral care is offered.

· To develop the ministry of the laity such that all are using their gifts for the common good and to develop ministry teams.

· To offer the gospel in a lively and engaging way to those who are outside the church

· To offer a way for people to explore the Christian gospel for the first time leading to baptism and confirmation.

· To offer clear pathways for young Christians to grow to maturity as Christian disciples.

· To lead the church in responding to human need by loving service.

· To participate in diocesan, national and international initiatives to transform unjust structures of society.

· To seek at all times to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.

· To encourage Christian stewardship of people’s time, money and abilities.

· To collaborate with Churchwardens to ensure the church building(s) serve the church’s wider mission in the community.

· To seek ecumenical cooperation wherever appropriate and possible.

· To collaborate with the deanery in mission and ministry and cooperate in the implementation of the deanery plan.

· To ensure full compliance at all times with the Diocesan Safeguarding Policy.

· To explore opportunities for pioneer expressions of mission and ministry wherever appropriate and possible.

· To fulfil the bishops’ requirement of full engagement with continuing professional development through Leading Well, Continuing Ministerial

· Development and diocesan events that aim to inspire and equip lay and ordained leaders.

Specific Responsibilities

· To work closely with ordained and lay colleagues across the mission partnership, to develop a shared vision for mission across the combined area, re-imagining shapes of ministry and exploring opportunities for new initiatives to effectively engage and evangelize previously unreached people.

· To identify, build and nurture effective church-based teams for the leadership and delivery of mission and ministry in each local context.

· To build up the existing congregations in the mission partnership, encouraging growth in whole-life Christian discipleship and active lay involvement in mission and ministry.

· To enable the various congregations in the mission partnership to confidently grow in their distinctive style of worship and ministry, whilst valuing and promoting the rich diversity of approaches across the partnership.

· To minister with integrity and pastoral sensitivity to people of all ages and backgrounds, whilst maintaining a strategic priority to “grow the Church younger” by developing appropriate ministries for children, young people and their families.

· To engender a culture of service within the churches, so that they may become salt and light in their local communities; serving needs, challenging injustice and proclaiming good news in word and action.

The Ideal Candidate

· Theological training to an appropriate level.

· Ordained Priest in the Church of England.

· A person of prayer, spiritual maturity, confidence in Scripture as the Word of God and sensitivity the work of the Holy Spirit.

· A good understanding of other faiths & cultures.

· A good awareness of theology and the practice of mission.

· Passionate and committed to mission action planning and the continuing growth of the ‘Northern Lights’ Mission Partnership.

· An understanding of the need for the churches to think beyond themselves in relation to issues affecting our society, nation and world.

· Proven ability to communicate effectively with children and young people, and work with families.

· Experience of leading people to faith in Jesus Christ.

· Track record of leading a church community into growth.

· A good listener able to support and encourage.

· The ability to work collaboratively and to encourage leadership in others.

· Ability to design, prepare and lead worship, which is accessible and inspiring to all ages.

· Have sensitivity in relating to people and managing change.

· Ability to teach & disciple a church family at different stages in their faith journey.

· A willingness to learn about our church families and wider communities.

· A dynamic person who is willing to try new things.

· Kind, sensitive and approachable.

· A sense of humour.

· A willingness to embrace a broad churchmanship, and support theologically diverse congregations.

About Us

Mission & ministry in the Diocese

The Diocese of Sheffield’s vision is to see vibrant and life transforming sustainable Christian communities in every place. We long to see the Body of Christ grow in depth and in numbers. We long to see every disciple and the whole Church serving our wider society as salt and light. We believe we are called to grow a culture of discipleship across the Diocese in every kind of Church. Every local church is called to be a place where new Christians are coming to faith and prepared for a lifetime of discipleship and service.

As a Diocese, we aim to support every local church to fulfil this vision:

· By helping to form lay and ordained ministers who are equipped to grow the church in this way 

· By offering frameworks of support and patterns of life which help every church grow its own culture of discipleship (such as our annual cycle and Mission Action Planning)  

· By offering training and support in discipleship to complement what the local church is offering.

· By identifying obstacles to growth in discipleship in our life and culture and developing strategies to address them

Our strategy

Over the past five years the direction of Sheffield Diocese has been set by four strategies for growth:

· Growing the body of Christ

· Forming & equipping the people of God

· Salt and light

· A little letter on Giving

At their heart is a desire to see the Body of Christ grow in depth and in numbers, growing disciples of Jesus who seek to transform our society and God’s world.

In 2016 Forming and Equipping the People of God was launched to update Re-imagining Ministry for Mission with greater importance given to growing a discipleship culture and training and equipping lay and ordained people, with the launch of St Peter’s College. 

Embedding the growth agenda with its focus on good mission action planning, mission partnerships, and growing disciples is the key priority for the diocese as a whole for the next five years.

Mission Development Worker Project

In 2015, the diocese received funding from the Church Commissioners and Archbishop’s Council to recruit up to 15 Mission Partnership Development Workers to provide administrative and missional support to around four parishes each (working together as a Mission Partnership).

The funding is for six years. The aim is to free up clergy time to enable them to focus more on mission.

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