North Potteries Team: Team Vicar (Designate)
2nd May 2018
This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of shaping the new Team Ministry of the North Potteries Ministry along with the Team Rector (Designate). All 3 parishes of the proposed team ministry have passed the Declaration according to the House of Bishops Resolution and are under the episcopal oversight of the Bishop of Ebbsfleet.
Initially the Team Vicar will work in the parish of S. Werburgh, Burslem, and later in the parish of Holy Trinity, Sneyd, as well. Subject to a pending pastoral scheme, these two parishes are joining with the parish of S. Saviour, Smallthorne in mid-2018 and are looking to the future to build on the past.
Bishop Jonathan writes:
We often speak of God’s faithfulness – and about our Christian faithfulness as mirroring his. St Werbergh’s is a place where the sheer abiding faithfulness of God has been clearly at work. The lay people of this community – like those at the other churches who are due, soon, to be part of the North Potteries Team Ministry – have a deep double loyalty: to the inheritance of Anglo-Catholic faith and practice as their inspiration, and to the people of their neighbourhood and their needs. They are deeply embedded in the kinds of community the Church finds hard to reach, in a part of Stoke that has changed much in recent decades.
We need a priest who can guide this community confidently into a period of renewal, outreach and growth, growing closer to their fellow Christians at St Saviour and Holy Trinity, and renewing the catholic and sacramental approach to mission and evangelism – which is not only the hope of the parish but a declared need of the whole deanery. You would be working in a supportive grouping of catholic parish clergy and deanery colleagues, and ministering a much needed sense of hope and enterprise.
We are praying for you as you read.
All applicants should have 3 years' experience in the Church of England or another Anglican Church in the British Isles.
Enquiries and application form from the Bishop of Stafford: the Right Reverend Geoff Annas.
Tel: 01782 373 308
Closing date: 1 July 2018
Interviews: 27 July 2018