Vicar St Marks Haydock
St Mark’s Haydock is an Evangelical Anglican Church in the heart of Haydock believing in the authority of Scripture, the life-giving power of the Holy Spirit and the importance of community.
Haydock is a suburban town pop 8,000 on the edge of green belt and is only 30 minutes’ drive from the heart of Liverpool or Manchester.
St Mark’s is one of the largest and most dynamic churches in the Diocese. With a long history of mission and pioneering of fresh expressions of church, it has a significant reputation. There is a good staff team and a large number of lay leaders of different ministries. Its heart for serving the needs of the community, through the TANGO charity project and the café, mean that there is incredible good will towards St Mark’s in the local community.
The last three years have been fairly turbulent, with an incumbent who was off work for significant periods and some divisions in the church.
During the vacancy, there has been a curate in post who has taken on the responsibility of running the church. Good work has been done in terms of reconciliation. The parish profile is an accurate statement of church life today. God’s grace is at work.
There is a real desire for the church to come together alongside a new leader and to set a course for the next phase of St Mark’s ministry. For the right person, St Mark’s brings fantastic resources that can be developed towards mission in the parish and beyond.
There is plenty of office support and a wide leadership team to work with the new vicar. Caring for them and helping them to bring out their best will allow the new minister to flourish.
The development and encouragement of leadership gifts is really important in this role. The new vicar needs to be a leader/developer of leaders as well as being able to be a role model for key roles and ministries. Listening, empathy and collaboration are going to be really important. A leader with vision is important, but they must be willing to work with others in the development of a corporate vision that inspires many to be part of it.
St Mark’s knows it needs to change, and be renewed, but it wants this to happen in a way, that takes as many people as possible on the journey. In the next few years there is a need for a renewal of some of the areas of leadership. Some have got to the stage in their lives when they will want to pass on the baton to the next generation of leaders. These new leaders need to be identified and developed. Building up the leadership team and encouraging other leaders to build effective teams will be important.
Elder members of the congregation need good pastoral care, whilst investing in encouraging new members to connect to church life. There is an important balance needed.
The Ideal Candidate
We are a very passionate people at St. Marks and we are looking for a leader who can share that with us.
A leader who is led by the Holy Spirit, who is comfortable and supportive of the power that the Spirit gives to us, and allows themselves to be open to "God" ideas over "good" ideas.
Apostolic / Visionary / Forward Thinking
Growing our church is paramount to us. Someone with an apostolic gifting who will lead us forward and not be afraid to get "stuck in" is something that we would welcome.
A Strong Influential Preacher of Biblical Principles.
Our ideal Vicar would be someone who believes in the authority of scripture, its relevance to contemporary life and discipleship with Jesus Christ.
A Deep Passion for the Lost
With a parish of over 8,000 people and only 20% of our congregation living in our Parish - our ideal incumbent would lead the way in caring for the people and praying them into St. Marks.
Genuine Interest in People and a Pastoral Nature
A deep, genuine interest in both our congregation and community is essential to us. Someone who cares strongly about people at an individual level is something we really value.
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The closing date for this post Midnight on 22 April 2018
Visits and interviews 14 & 15 May