This is an exciting opportunity to join in on what God is doing in a growing church in the centre of Nottingham, with a vision to see The Church on Fire, The City alive. We are looking for a skilled and passionate leader who has;
You will oversee the care and formation of Trinity’s congregation, through leadership, teaching, equipping and pastoral care.
There is a Genuine Occupational Requirement in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 for the postholder to be a communicant member of the Anglican Church or of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland
Trinity Church Nottingham is a Church of England church in the centre of Nottingham with a vision to see the church on Fire and the City alive. Having been planted from Holy Trinity Brompton in late 2016, Trinity continues to grow into a beautiful community of faith within one of the most creative and cities in the nation. Trinity’s values of encountering the presence of God, practicing the way of Jesus and joining in the purposes of God, require a leadership that places the highest value of the presence of God with a corresponding passion for spiritual formation and mission.
The role of the Pastor of Teaching and Formation will contribute to the totality of this vision but with a particular focus on forming a community who practice the ways of Jesus, living the Ancient Paths (Jeremiah 6:16). We hope to see a congregation that is familiar with these paths and passionate about living the Jesus life in Nottingham. This is a key part of seeing our vision become reality.
The Pastor of Teaching and Formation will have the primary responsibility for shaping the life of the church in this direction and as such this is a key appointment.
We imagine that the teaching that is developed within this role will become a resource both across the Diocese and the nation thereby enabling Trinity to fulfil it’s vocation as a City Centre resourcing church.
Relevant Qualifications and Experience required:
There is a general occupational requirement that the postholder be a practicing Christian
Join our great adventure
We seek to be a diocese where every Christian and every church has a compelling vision and plan for 'growing disciples, wider, younger and deeper'
Wider as we seek to find fresh ways to speak about Jesus and grow disciples among the 1.2m people living across the diocese who are not yet engaged in the worshipping life of a local church (98% of population)
Younger as we seek to grow disciples and develop leaders among new generations in a young diocese (Nottingham is the fourth youngest city in UK with over 50,000 students)
Deeper as we seek to grow disciples with a confident faith in Christ who are making a difference in every sphere of life, helping shape the culture and character of society.
Working in Southwell & Nottingham is an adventure and a challenge – the opportunities for mission are immense, the people are open and friendly and forward looking; there are also areas where the church is desperately needed to work with, and be a voice for, the poor and needy.
We are not just talking about growth, we are praying and acting in new and exciting ways to make it happen; we launched a Younger Leadership College in Autumn 2016 (http://youngerleadershipcollege.org/) with the aim of developing 1,000 younger leaders to servce in the Church and wider society.
A new resource church has opened in Nottingham in an abandoned auction house that sits on one of the main roads into the city centre; Trinity Church is now a growing, diverse congregation working with our existing churches to bring Good News to the city.
Other new ventures are planned in the rural centre of the county – work is now under way to start a new, distinctive church - market towns and former mining communities.
However, it is in the development of our core ministry in every parish that we recognise potential for the most significant further growth. We have a programme over the next seven years to equip 25 resource churches which will be beacons of growth, supporting other churches in training for discipleship and leadership; also helping to plant and graft 75 new worshipping communities.
And we are aiming to welcome 7,000 new disciples into the fellowship of Christ and his Church by 20xx, people who have realised that there is nothing better anyone can do with their life than to become a follower of Jesus.
There’s a lot to discover in the fascinating county of Nottinghamshire: rolling farmland and quiet woods; a cosmopolitan city offering the best in entertainment; two first-class universities; world-leading design and technology companies; fine architecture – and Robin Hood.
Add to that it’s beautiful country parks, stately homes and sporting prowess – it’s home to Trent Bridge, the National Water Sports Centre, and Nottingham Forest – and it’s easy to see why it is such a popular destination for tourists, students, shoppers and sports fans (and we haven’t even mentioned its literary heritage, the mighty River Trent so popular with rowers, sailors and anglers, and the modern tram network that whisks people around Greater Nottingham).
The Diocese incorporates the whole of Nottinghamshire and a small slice of South Yorkshire, and has a breadth of ministry that covers tough former mining communities and city estates, isolated hamlets and villages, and historic market towns.
Working for change
On any one day, people from our congregations will be feeding the hungry, finding shelter for the homeless, providing meals for the lonely, working with the elderly and supporting asylum seekers and refugees – in 2016 the Bishop’s Lent Appeal raised more than £12,000 to help refugees and asylum seekers.
We also support Nottinghamshire Rural Support, a charity that helps farmers and their families, and have pioneered work to reduce debt, including the launch of Lifesavers projects in primary schools, which encourage children to save and also teaches them about finance and budgeting.
We are active in protecting the environment through our Freedom of Creation group – many of our vicarages now have solar panels – and we have a group of Workplace Chaplains who work with employers large and small to support the wellbeing of employees.
Click here to find out more about our work
God of Mission,
who alone brings growth to your Church.
Send your Holy Spirit to bring vision to our planning,
wisdom to our actions, faith to our lives,
hope to our communities,
and love to our hearts,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Exeter, including some travel throughout Devon (including Plymouth and Torbay)
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