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Vicar, St Mark's Ocker Hill, Tipton

31st May 2017

We are looking for a priest who


- Intends to stay in the Church of England and who will maintain the Catholic tradition of this resolution parish, rooting it firmly within the life of the Diocese.

-  Is a warm-hearted individual, with a sense of humour, who will be a good visitor and who will become well known in the community, as well as by the congregation.

-  Someone who will be able to develop lay ministry, and to guide and encourage the

congregation in their outreach to all sections of the community, especially the sick and housebound.

- Someone who would maintain and develop contacts with the local schools.

-  As the Church serves an Urban Priority Area, someone who could develop Direct Giving in order to ensure a sound financial base for the parish’s ministry and mission, and to restore a proper financial support of the work of the Church overseas.

-  In addition, a person willing to explore and develop ways of working in collaboration with neighbouring priests and parishes within the deanery and Ebbsfleet cluster.


Bishop Jonathan writes:


Go! baptize! teach!


I am delighted to have been entrusted with the oversight of St Marks, and to have received recently from the dedicated congregation a characteristically warm and generous Black Country welcome.  The same welcome awaits whoever is appointed as parish priest.


The pastoral priority herewhether in church, or on the streets, in homes and schoolsis as clear and simple as it is profound, and very similar to parishes across the Church of England:  to obey the Lord by making disciples, and building a community of hope. However near or far people feel they are from the Churchs life, the task is to enliven their spirits, communicate Jesuss call, and enable them to act on it.   What will be different here is that the new priest will have a vision for how this challenge can be met in a large estate parish, finding partnerships not only in the immediate congregation, but also in the deanery, in the Ebbsfleet connection across the diocese, and among other urban estates-based clergy, developing local leadership and creating appropriate resources to support points of growth.


It’s a place where priesthood will be stretched and can be satisfied.  I hope you will consider discerning with us whether this is God’s call to you


+ Jonathan Ebbsfleet


Enquiries and application forms via the Archdeacon of Walsall:


Closing date: Midday, Tuesday 13 June 2017

Familiarisation day: Monday 19 June 2017

Interviews: Wednesday 12 July 2017