Vicar of Holy Trinity Shaw (pt) and Children & Young Families Missioner (pt)
This exciting new post requires a parish priest who is passionate about realising the mission opportunities of working with schools, youth organisations and young families.
The new incumbent will be someone who is
- creative and imaginative
- especially gifted in working with children and young people
- able to create and lead effective teams of lay and ordained people
- experienced in nurturing people of all ages in the Christian faith
- outward facing and able to lead the church in mission in the community
- To work with the PCC in developing a Mission Action Plan
- To grow the church, particularly in finding ways of engaging with the young families
- To strengthen the church’s mission and ministry in the local community
- To deepen the spiritual life of the congregation
- To foster a culture of good stewardship
- To build good relationships with children and young families looking for a place at Crompton House.
- To create new opportunities for making disciples and nurturing them in the faith
- To work with the clergy and lay ministers of the four parishes (East Crompton St James with St Saviour’s, St Mary High Crompton, St James’ Thornham and Holy Trinity Shaw) in gathering together a team to support the work
- To work with Crompton House School (initially) to provide ways of continuing the work in school through prayer, study and worship groups and building Christian community
The Ideal Candidate
Spirituality and Tradition
Applicants for the post should
- Have the Eucharist at the heart their spirituality (E)
- Have an understanding of the spirituality of children and young people (E)
- Be a person of prayer (E)
Experience and understanding
Applicants should be able to demonstrate the following:
- Experience of leading a church into growth (E)
- Experience of working effectively in schools – primary and/or secondary (E)
- Experience of working in partnership with the local community (D)
- An understanding of mission in its broadest sense (E)
- An understanding of the importance of ecumenism (D)
Skills and competencies
Applicants should be someone who is:
- An enthusiastic and effective leader who can inspire and encourage others (E)
- An excellent communicator (E)
- Able to build an effective team (E)
- Able to foster a culture of good stewardship (E)
- Able to help the church engage positively with local community groups (E)
- Outward facing (E)
- Have a pastoral heart and be willing to visit (E)
Until very recently, Holy Trinity was part of a united benefice with St Paul’s Royton in the Deanery of Oldham West. The benefice has been dissolved since the retirement of the previous incumbent last October and as a consequence of Holy Trinity rescinding the resolutions in relation to the ministry or ordained women. Holy Trinity is now moving into the neighbouring Deanery of Oldham East where it can begin to forge links with the other churches in the civic township of Shaw and Crompton.
The churches in the Deanery of Oldham East are blessed with a significant number of families attending church services in order to qualify for a much coveted place at one of the highly respected Church of England Secondary Schools in Oldham: Crompton House and the Blue Coats.
It is a diverse deanery with significant and growing Muslim communities from both Pakistan and Bangladesh, as well as an increasing number of people from Eastern Europe. The rural benefice of the Saddleworth Team makes up a large part of the deanery and there are other parishes with rural fringes that border the Saddleworth Moors. There is breadth of church traditions within the deanery and two parishes look to the Bishop of Beverley for episcopal oversight. The Area Dean is of that tradition and works hard to build a sense of unity and mutual trust amongst the clergy.
The 17 parishes in the deanery are served at present by 9 FTE stipendiary priests alongside other ordained and authorised lay ministers. The Deanery Mission and Pastoral Committee has just begun work on drawing up a Deanery Mission Action Plan.
For an informal chat, in the first instance, please contact Venerable Cherry Vann, Archdeacon of Rochdale on 0161 678 1454 or by email at email@example.com
closing date: 2nd March 2018
interview date: 12th March 2018