Vicar, St Peter & St Paul's with St Mark's, Mansfield
An invitation to join and lead our welcoming, dynamic congregations as we Grow Disciples – Wider, Younger, Deeper.
The ancient market town of Mansfield is situated in the heart of Sherwood Forest, close to the beautiful Derbyshire Peak District, with good access to the rail network, M1 motorway and A1. There is a full-time Associate Priest at St Mark’s.
What we can offer
- A committed ministry team including a Children’s Worker, full time Verger at St Peter & St Paul. There is also secretarial support and the Church Centre has a Manager and Caretaker
- A devoted, growing congregation, open to change and varied styles of worship and music.
Mansfield Deanery covers a population of around 124,000 including urban, suburban and rural areas. It currently has 17 churches, 9 full time equivalent clergy (3 of which are vacant), 2 curates, 1 lay church leader, 11 active retired clergy and over 21 active readers.
The Deanery Synod meets 3 times a year and is currently working together with the Diocesan initiative to “Grow disciples Wider, Younger, Deeper” and there have been extra meetings recently to explore strategies in which we can support each other to this aim.
There are several types of Deanery Chapter meetings which meet once a month including informal clergy lunches, training or business meetings, times to worship and pray together, to share good practice and discuss wider mission and ministry issues, and wider ministry chapters with retired clergy, and others.
We would trust the incumbent at St Peter and St Paul’s with St Mark’s would seek to make these meetings a priority and share in the mutual support and learning they offer.
We would look forward to the new post holder joining the Deanery and working alongside us as we continue to work with the “Transforming Mission of God” in and around our churches and communities.
- A motivational leader with a passion to engage with and inspire all ages to see new possibilities as we seek to implement the Diocesan vision and strategy of “Growing Disciples - Wider, Younger, Deeper”
- A creative and strategic person, able to support church members in turning good ideas into actions with tangible outcomes.
- A good team player who works confidently with ordained and lay colleagues to reach out in mission to the local community - schools, local businesses, charities and local government
- Mature in faith, faithful in prayer, enthusiastic to developing the home groups, prayer ministry and lay development
- Committed to an inclusive Church and at ease with wider community involvement
- Sharing a vision for the future of our church ministry in music, with the desire to develop and grow the musical life of the church
- Committed to growing the church and growing disciples alongside colleagues in the deanery
- Committed to sacramental ministry and comfortable with traditional and contemporary styles
- Committed to being visible across the parishes and able to travel freely to visit local hospitals, schools, care homes and parishioners etc.
- An excellent communicator, in person, in print and across social media
Pastoral Care and Outreach
- A bridge builder who has a clear vision of outreach and can make connections with all sections of our parish, our town and community
- Understanding of the challenges of disadvantaged communities
- Able to relate to young people and their families. This is a key area of outreach within our Church
- Able to connect with the more senior members of the church, including the housebound and those in residential care
The Ideal Candidate
We seek a vicar who is
- A motivational leader and effective communicator
- Comfortable with traditional and contemporary styles of sacramental worship
- A good team player, able to share our vision of an inclusive and growing church
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.