Priest in Charge Onny Camlad parishes

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Shropshire
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When the Benefice met to discuss the appointment of a new incumbent, we agreed that the changes we have started aimed at focusing the work of the Benefice, sharing the workload and simplifying the administration should continue. Despite our ageing population and congregations, there emerged, independently from each parish, a wish to ‘try something different’ to sustain the growth we had witnessed recently. New forms of worship were mentioned many times. Ways to bring in new people were discussed at length. ‘How can we best support the new incumbent?’ brought forth a welter of ideas. Out of this came the theme of this document; ‘Our vision for Growth’

Our Mission in the Church community Our new Rector will find a growing awareness of the need for Mission in all our churches. We have a good foundation of lay-led services and throughout the Benefice there are people who are committed to worshipping and praying together. In the past we have been inspired by excellent training in lay led worship and we have recently discussed developing a training event with the Diocesan lead. Similarly the Benefice has benefited from a very active ‘Local Ministry Development Group’ which has rather withered on the vine with the departure of the original Members. We are keen to revive this Group which lay at the heart of many lay led initiatives.

There is enthusiasm for reaching out into each locality. Church members are active in a range of environmental, social and community based initiatives, we will welcome encouragement, development, and leadership from a Rector who will help us to develop a shared vision for mission. The Benefice’s parishioners have a wide range of work skills, coming from jobs as diverse as farmers, agricultural contractors, teachers, nurses, architects, social workers and managers of their own businesses to name a few.

We look to work with our incumbent to develop and use these skills to create an active outward looking group of Parishes confident in our abilities and engaged with local people to create communities where church and people work together in harmony.

A Person of faith who:

Has a natural and freely expressed relationship with Jesus Christ. Is reflective and prayerful expecting to see the Holy Spirit at work in their life. Has knowledge of scripture, and its application to contemporary life.

A Ministerwho: Is a capable facilitator able to delegate appropriately. Demonstrates leadership skills, tempered by sound emotional intelligence. Can inspire others through well developed communication skills, and openness, adapting to different audiences and groups. Can mentor and support current and emerging lay leaders within the congregation. Will inspire and encourage parishioners to act with courage and integrity to share the message of Jesus’ love.

Has a natural and freely expressed relationship with Jesus Christ. Is reflective and prayerful expecting to see the Holy Spirit at work in their life. Has knowledge of scripture, and its application to contemporary life.

A Ministerwho: Is a capable facilitator able to delegate appropriately. Demonstrates leadership skills, tempered by sound emotional intelligence. Can inspire others through well developed communication skills, and openness, adapting to different audiences and groups. Can mentor and support current and emerging lay leaders within the congregation. Will inspire and encourage parishioners to act with courage and integrity to share the message of Jesus’ love.

Builds on existing structures to shape a stronger, sustainable Benefice. Can listen well, learning and adapting as a result of what is heard. Will represent the Benefice externally, in consultation with PCC’s.

A Pastorwho: Can build bridges into our communities, supporting activities and engaging where appropriate. Will support and facilitate lay initiatives and help their sustained development enabling parishioners to reach out into their communities. Someone, who can foster the strengths of each church, whilst helping us continue working towards greater unity.

An ability to walk on water would also be useful!

With nine places of worship in the Benefice the structure of Sunday services has evolved over the years.A Benefice service, when there is a fifth Sunday in the month, has been held at various churches and more recently at the new village hall at Norbury, which offers warmth, comfort and catering facilities.It is also viewed as ‘nonthreatening’ for those who don’t normally attend church and ‘neutral’ for those who do; it is a fertile area for growth.

During the interregnum, new forms of worship have been tried out, that have been generally welcomed. A group, comprising the reader and a number of lay-worship leaders, has enthusiastically led the non-Eucharistic services and are willing to support the new Incumbent in this way