Vicar (full-time) of HOLME IN CLIVIGER St John the Divine with WORSTHORNE St John Evangelist

Post Reference: cofe/TP/2809/1516
Number of Positions: 1
Contract Type: Clergy
Salary/Stipend:
Closing Date: 17/05/2019
Region / Division: Blackburn
Post Category: Clergy
Organizational Unit: Benefice
Location: Burnley

Overview

The Benefice serves two villages set in a rural Pennine landscape on the edge of Burnley.  It comprises the parishes of St John the Divine, Cliviger, and St John Evangelist, Worsthorne.  On a typical Sunday there are two services at Worsthorne and one at Cliviger with a total attendance of around 90. There is also a midweek service in each Parish. Special services are held at all the major festivals. Both parishes are traditionally Anglican in their churchmanship. We have vibrant Church communities with active PCCs and a strong band of volunteers.  Led by the right priest there is great potential for the life and witness of our churches to flourish in the years that lie ahead. We are praying for a Vicar who will teach and inspire us to know Christ better and then lead us in our mission and witness for Christ in the communities that we are eager to serve.

Post Introduction

Are you a pastor, teacher, evangelist?

We are praying for a Vicar who will teach and inspire us to know Christ better and then lead us in our mission and witness for Christ in the communities that we are eager to serve.

We are thankful that we have two beautiful church buildings, but we don’t want these buildings to dominate everything we do.  We realise that our energy must be given to build up the spiritual life of our churches and we are open to the possibilities of trying to find new ways to share that spiritual life with the people of our parishes.Whoever is appointed will enjoy strong support from the laity.  We have people with the skills and experience to handle the various administrative aspects of church life and we can maintain and run the building and grounds. This ensures that the incumbent can focus on the key issues of worship, ministry and pastoral care.

Main Responsibilities

  • We are thankful that we have two beautiful church buildings, but we don’t want these buildings to dominate everything we do. We realise that our energy must be given to build up the spiritual life of our churches and we are open to the possibilities of trying to find new ways to share that spiritual life with the people of our parishes.
  • We also need to build and develop our midweek Eucharist services, which are showing growth, to recognise that we can no longer just be a “Sunday Church”. Similarly, we will pursue the Open Church initiative so that there is access to our church buildings on a daily basis.
  • As part of our work to make new disciples we plan to hold Enquirers’ Courses. These will be targeted not only to those who are new to Church, but also to our own congregations to aid their spiritual growth.
  • We are fully committed to supporting the plans of the Diocese that are set out in Vision 2026. Both parishes have active Vision Champions and up-to-date Mission Action Plans which set out how this will be achieved.

 

The Ideal Candidate

We pray our new vicar will be a person of spirituality and resilience, full of enthusiasm and energy.

  • We need someone to lead us in fulfilling our Vision 2026 goals:
  •  To bring us closer to God. To be a teacher of the Gospel, direct us in our spiritual life and enthuse us in spreading the Good News.
  •  To take the church into the community. To be a member of the community, someone who is ready to listen to the needs of the people and to seek to grow the church family.
  •  To develop our ministry with children and young people.
  • They will be innovative whilst ensuring that they take the time to explain and gain support for the changes that they seek to introduce.
  • They will understand how leadership works in a benefice environment and will provide encouragement and support.
  • They will have strong pastoral skills and a commitment to developing this work with the laity.
  • We hope that you share our Vision, and that you believe that you can help to make it a reality. If so, we look forward to welcoming you to this special corner of Lancashire.

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About Us

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For an informal conversation regarding this post please contact: The Revd Mark Jones, Area Dean of Burnley, on 01282 772442 or by email: jones.padiham@btinternet.com 

Closing date: Friday, 17 May 2019

Interview date: Tuesday, 18 June 2019

An enhanced DBS check will be required.

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