Associate Vicar (Pioneer)

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Kingston upon Thames

Associate Vicar (Pioneer)

The closing date for applications is at midnight on 10 June 2019, interviews are on 4 July 2019. A parish visit for shortlisted candidates will be on Saturday 29 June.

St John the Divine, New Malden, is one of a two-church parish in the outer suburbs of south west London, close to Kingston and Richmond Park. Although the post does not have incumbent status, St John’s largely runs independently with regular meetings with the parish vicar offering mutual support. The church’s mission statement is, ‘St John’s members are growing together as Christians and serving the community by practically sharing the love of Jesus. They aim to connect people of all ages and backgrounds to Jesus Christ and one another.’ The church is already involved in a number of missional activities which have potential for further development and there is scope for breaking new ground within the local community.

The role involves being mission focussed and looking with fresh eyes at our approach to embedding ourselves in the local community and sharing God’s love in the following areas, based on our Mission Action Plan:

  • Increasing the number of young families in the congregation and developing our pre-school drop in club (Tots in Tow);
  • Maximising the use of our buildings for missional purposes;
  • Supporting the needs of the older generation;
  • Supporting our ministry to those needing help with money management;
  • Developing links with students following the erection of accommodation nearby.

This post of Associate Vicar is suitable both for both those who have completed a training curacy and those with greater experience of parish ministry.

For more information about this application process, please use this link

The Ideal candidate:

  • A pioneering and imaginative minister with a heart for the gospel and willing to develop fresh forms of mission and a strategy to engage with those who are unchurched;
  • An engaging leader and team player committed to working with the members of St John’s, the vicar of Christ Church and other local churches;
  • An inspiring Bible based preacher and teacher able to equip St John’s members for local mission;
  • A caring pastor committed to the care and nurture of both older and newer members of St John’s;
  • A prayerful minister willing to listen to God and others in leading St John’s forward in their worship and service.

We have a morning and evening service on Sundays with communion twice a month and one monthly Café style service. Family services tend to be held in school holidays and/or for key celebrations such as Harvest, Pentecost and Advent. In August services are shared with the local Baptist Church. Currently we have two lay readers, one Pastoral auxiliary (SPA) and a team of lay members who share leading and preaching. Music is provided by a committed band of musicians and singers of young and older people, with a repertoire of modern songs with the occasional traditional hymn. About 60 attend the morning service (with children’s groups) with a lunch afterwards once a month and about 20 attend the evening service. We hold a weekly prayer meeting and have four home groups meeting weekly or fortnightly. During the week, our buildings are used for Tots in Tow (mentioned above), a Street Café fortnightly, an annual night shelter and we are the hub church in the area for Christians Against Poverty (CAP).