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Stoke Hill, Stoke Bishop , Bristol
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We are seeking to appoint a new principal following the departure of Revd Dr Emma Ineson to become the Bishop of Penrith in the diocese of Carlisle in Spring 2019. We are hoping that the new principal will join us by then so as to enable a seamless transition for the college. Trinity is a lively worshipping and learning community with a vision to 'live like the Kingdom is near' and a mission to shape 'leaders of Christ-like character in community for a missional church'.

We have an excellent faculty and staff, over 100 ordinands, 60 other undergraduate and taught postgraduate students, and 40 research students. The college is embarking on exciting developments to create more accessible modes of training for dispersed students and to renew on-site accommodation and facilities for residential students

The new principal will join a vibrant learning and worshipping community. Our vision is 'to live like the Kingdom is near' and our mission is to play our part in 'shaping leaders of Christ-like character in com-munity for a missional church'. Each year, at the beginning of the new academic session, the college community commits together to our Kingdom vision by seeking God's help in affirming our common desire to live by a set of values based on the Beatitudes

An important part of the principal's role is to encourage the flourishing of Christian community. We have found that the majority of students who choose to come to Trinity do so because of our strong community ethos and our commitment to evangelism and missional leadership. In seeking to form good theologians, we are also committed to growth in Christian character and to personal spiritual formation. The principal is in a key position to influence and contribute to our learning as a community of disciples.

Main Responsibilities and Ideal Candidate

Leader of the college community

  • Lead the college in its spiritual, pastoral and academic life.
  • Be responsible for sustaining and strengthening the college's theological ethos and relational character
  • Participate fully in college worship
  • Mature spirituality, evidenced by wise and discerning leadership.
  • Be committed to the college's Kingdom values. A person of humility. A people person prepared to engage in the life of the community.
  • Excellent preacher and communicator

Principal ambassador for the college

  • Seek opportunities to recruit students and prioritise prospective student interviews.
  • Participate in networking opportunities
  • Personable, engaging and empathetic.
  • Be well connected in the church with good interpersonal skills
  • Possess a good profile in the church. Winsome and articulate spokesperson for the college.

Leader of the faculty

  • Lead, encourage and build faculty team
  • Lead and articulate a vision for theological education
  • Be a team builder with a heart for collaborative working. Appreciative
  • Good experience of theological education and academic research in a theological discipline ideally at PhD level

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Trinity has had a history of involvement in training for ordained and lay ministries in the Church of England since 1971 and through its parent colleges reaching back to the first half of the twentieth century. Its core activities revolve around this. But the college has also always had a heart for the wider church. Independent students (those who do not have diocesan sponsorship) are important to the college's mission. Some come from Anglican churches; others from other denominations or independ-ent churches. Some are training for ministry; some are studying theology as an academic discipline, though from a committed faith perspective. We have seen growth in recent years in the numbers of research students, often relating to us from a distance, including many from overseas. We see opportunities for growth in our work with independent students and independent church leaders.