Vicar (Designate),Bestwood Rise Park, Emmanuel & St Mark
We are a newly formed three-parish benefice, on the northern edge of Nottingham near Bestwood Country Park, with a range of residential, parkland, ex-mining and ex-army areas; plus multiple schools and diverse social mix.
As a Spiritual Leader and Enabler in Mission, you will be key to reshaping and re-imagining the churches’ vision and approach to growing new disciples in this area. You will have the benefit of strong community relationships, lay leadership and co-operation with the churches of the wider Bestwood area, as we work together.
We look forward to you bringing a gospel focus, with an openness to the work of the Holy Spirit changing lives and communities.
The new appointment of a Vicar (Designate) to the new Benefice of Bestwood Rise Park, Emmanuel and St Mark's is an excellent opportunity for a strategic, collaborative and creative priest to lead the people as they seek to grow disciples wider, younger and deeper as individual churches and in partnership together. Bestwood is a changing community with many opportunities for the church communities to engage afresh.
You will read in the profile about how God has been at work over the past few years bringing people together in partnership across the churches. This has resulted in the new alignment of the parishes and the creation of a full time position to grow new disciples in this area. The new post-holder, coming as a spiritual leader and an enabler in mission, will build on this, finding people ready to try something new under God, and to pray and work together towards a new chapter of growth in His kingdom and the transformation of many lives.
Over the next 5 years, it would be wonderful if, under your leadership .....
Building on the good will and affection of the community towards Emmanuel Church - The Emmanuel congregation had doubled in size, with a deepening connection between community, schools, wedding families and the church, with a changed pattern of worship centred around the welcoming of new disciples, especially families and children.
Building on the good connections fostered in the community and the popularity of Messy Church - The Church at Rise Park was energised in purpose and vision, with a unified approach open to the Spirit, with priority given to nurturing the Messy congregation into discipleship, so that this became the growth area of the church.
Building on the wonderful re-ordering of 2009, the strong lay-leadership and solid connections into Bestwood Village - St Mark's grew in number and influence, as leaders were supported and refreshed, and a vision for being the village church was discerned, articulated and implemented, leading to a growth in number by two-thirds.
Building on the great relationships built through the Bestwood 6 - dreams of new forms of church and discipleship and partnership bore fruit in the venture of establishing a new worshipping community.
The Ideal Candidate
- Are you drawn to ministry near city and parkland?
- Do you relish starting with the small and building up?
- Do you love to see potential in people and draw it out?
- Is your ministry ethos about new people coming to faith in Jesus and growing in discipleship?
- Are you excited by partnering with others both in the church and beyond?
- Will you roll your sleeves up to make new things happen on the ground?
- Is your leadership style adaptable?
- Have you got the heart and abilities to relate faith to the younger generations?
- Can you laugh a lot with others… and cry too?
We would love our Vicar Designate to be: a spiritual leader and enabler in mission for the three different worshipping communities, to grow disciples of Jesus Christ in number, confidence in God, depth and younger age profile.
Our ideal leader to help us fulfil this aim will be someone who:
- has leadership gifts/experience in the following areas:
vision facilitator, building teams to discern the way forward in each setting and as a whole
strategic shaper, strengthening the links between the churches and being prepared to make changes for the sake of new growth
encourager and enabler, who relishes working with people, supporting and inspiring us to grow disciples from the excellent relationships we have developed throughout our communities
mentor to the Associate Priest, other lay leaders, and potential curates and interns
- has a ministry skill set with the following attributes:
gifts in devising and leading worship, including all-age worship
ability to preach in an accessible and biblical manner
at home in informal, interactive ministry and team settings
is a natural at making contact with the wider community, including schools
- in his/her personal spirituality:
loves God deeply
is keen to encourage the work of the Holy Spirit in the churches
has a heart for calling people to discipleship in Christ
- has a passion for:
working across diverse communities
unearthing potential in people
doing everything in partnership and collaboration with others as much as possible
communicating the faith to the younger generations
- has personal qualities of:
being organised enough, while still being able to go with the flow
Join our great adventure
We seek to be a diocese where every Christian and every church has a compelling vision and plan for 'growing disciples, wider, younger and deeper'
Wider as we seek to find fresh ways to speak about Jesus and grow disciples among the 1.2m people living across the diocese who are not yet engaged in the worshipping life of a local church (98% of population)
Younger as we seek to grow disciples and develop leaders among new generations in a young diocese (Nottingham is the fourth youngest city in UK with over 50,000 students)
Deeper as we seek to grow disciples with a confident faith in Christ who are making a difference in every sphere of life, helping shape the culture and character of society.
Working in Southwell & Nottingham is an adventure and a challenge – the opportunities for mission are immense, the people are open and friendly and forward looking; there are also areas where the church is desperately needed to work with, and be a voice for, the poor and needy.
We are not just talking about growth, we are praying and acting in new and exciting ways to make it happen; we launched a Younger Leadership College in Autumn 2016 (http://youngerleadershipcollege.org/) with the aim of developing 1,000 younger leaders to servce in the Church and wider society.
A new resource church has opened in Nottingham in an abandoned auction house that sits on one of the main roads into the city centre; Trinity Church is now a growing, diverse congregation working with our existing churches to bring Good News to the city.
Other new ventures are planned in the rural centre of the county – work is now under way to start a new, distinctive church - market towns and former mining communities.
However, it is in the development of our core ministry in every parish that we recognise potential for the most significant further growth. We have a programme over the next seven years to equip 25 resource churches which will be beacons of growth, supporting other churches in training for discipleship and leadership; also helping to plant and graft 75 new worshipping communities.
And we are aiming to welcome 7,000 new disciples into the fellowship of Christ and his Church by 20xx, people who have realised that there is nothing better anyone can do with their life than to become a follower of Jesus.
There’s a lot to discover in the fascinating county of Nottinghamshire: rolling farmland and quiet woods; a cosmopolitan city offering the best in entertainment; two first-class universities; world-leading design and technology companies; fine architecture – and Robin Hood.
Add to that it’s beautiful country parks, stately homes and sporting prowess – it’s home to Trent Bridge, the National Water Sports Centre, and Nottingham Forest – and it’s easy to see why it is such a popular destination for tourists, students, shoppers and sports fans (and we haven’t even mentioned its literary heritage, the mighty River Trent so popular with rowers, sailors and anglers, and the modern tram network that whisks people around Greater Nottingham).
The Diocese incorporates the whole of Nottinghamshire and a small slice of South Yorkshire, and has a breadth of ministry that covers tough former mining communities and city estates, isolated hamlets and villages, and historic market towns.
Working for change
On any one day, people from our congregations will be feeding the hungry, finding shelter for the homeless, providing meals for the lonely, working with the elderly and supporting asylum seekers and refugees – in 2016 the Bishop’s Lent Appeal raised more than £12,000 to help refugees and asylum seekers.
We also support Nottinghamshire Rural Support, a charity that helps farmers and their families, and have pioneered work to reduce debt, including the launch of Lifesavers projects in primary schools, which encourage children to save and also teaches them about finance and budgeting.
We are active in protecting the environment through our Freedom of Creation group – many of our vicarages now have solar panels – and we have a group of Workplace Chaplains who work with employers large and small to support the wellbeing of employees.
Click here to find out more about our work
Bishop Paul Williams explains our vision for Growing Disciples Wider Younger Deeper
Bishop Paul Williams’ Easter message – filmed at the new Trinity Church, Nottingham
God of Mission,
who alone brings growth to your Church.
Send your Holy Spirit to bring vision to our planning,
wisdom to our actions, faith to our lives,
hope to our communities,
and love to our hearts,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.