Rector of United Parish of Church Stretton with All Stretton (LEP) and Little Stretton

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Church Stretton

The Stretton Parish, situated in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is one of the largest parishes in Condover Deanery within the Diocese of Hereford. All three churches in the parish have established, vibrant congregations drawn from mixed Christian traditions, serving their communities through a wide range of activities.

'Growing together in faith, hope and love; sharing the Good News of Jesus with all'

You will be leading a warm and vibrant church community founded on prayer, which offers itself to be a witness for our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We are outward looking and actively engaged with both our local community and the issues of the wider world. We enjoy and encourage a wide range of worship styles from BCP through to Messy Church. There are a range of small group meetings for bible study. fellowship, prayer and pastoral care. Our youth and children's work extends to strong links with the local schools.

·Working in partnership with the Leadership Team and PCC to develop bold new strategies

·Inspire us to act with courage and vision to share Jesus’s love in a changing world

·Help us to create services and environments in which people with no faith history can find community and encounter God

·Liaise with local community groups and Churches Together in the Strettons

·Adapting teaching to needs of different congregations and groups

·Mentoring and developing current and emerging leaders

·Working with the pastoral team

·Supporting the local community and taking part where appropriate

A person of faith who…

·Has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, expressed naturally and enthusiastically.

·Is prayerful, reliant on the Holy Spirit and expectant to see God at work in their life

·Has a deep knowledge of scripture

·Can help us understand that it means to live as people of God in contemporary society

·Can help us listen to what is saying and discern where he is leading our three churches in the future

. Demonstrates perseverance and courage.

A leader skilled in…

·Demonstrating proven leadership with humour and emotional intelligence

·Mentoring and developing emerging leaders

·Bible based preaching

·Consolidating existing initiatives

·Listening to people both within and outside of the church

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We have three services at Church Stretton every Sunday morning and one at All Stretton and Little Stretton and we are blessed with a number of retired clergy who enhance our worship and teaching. Our strong finances come from a wide acceptance of the principle of tithing and this has supported our mission and ongoing care of our buildings. We seek to grow in prayer as a foundation to our mission activities; to be challenged by the bible and the Holy Spirit and to help everyone in our church to develop their gifts and put them to use. We share a number of projects throughout the year through Churches Together in the Strettons including lent study, Christian Unity events and the food bank.