Vicar - Lead Minister

Job Posted: 62 days ago

Available until: 7th Nov 2017

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Christ Church Chineham

Christ Church, Chineham, Basingstoke is actively looking to recruit a new Vicar - Lead Minister.

Christ Church, Chineham is a lively, ecumenical church that has been worshiping and witnessing for over 30 years with a specific focus on evangelism, youth and family work. Our Vicar-Lead Minister (full-time) is assisted by other denominational Ministers (who have their own churches) to celebrate and worship God in the name of Jesus with guidance of the Holy Spirit. Situated three miles from the Centre of Basingstoke, we are a family of over 150 people plus children who attend our two Sunday services in our new building.

The church has a vision statement to follow Jesus in every way. This expresses our desire as a church to model our life together on the Lord Jesus Christ with the core values of: prayer, worship, Bible study, evangelism and love.

We are praying for someone who:

  • Demonstrates a prayerful and infectious love for Jesus.
  • Is an evangelical, committed to clear Bible-based teaching.
  • Places a priority on facilitating local church growth.

We are looking for a candidate who possesses many of the following qualities:

  • Believes the Bible to be the authoritative word of God and who upholds the truth of the Gospel as expressed in the Evangelical Alliance statement.
  • Sees & develops the opportunities within a broad ecumenical commitment which is focussed on a shared faith and a common mission.
  • Preaches expository sermons; teaching the Bible in a relevant and accessible way, enabling believers to understand and apply God’s word for themselves and to be guided by the Holy Spirit. One who encourages discussion on theology and how to apply God’s Word to our lives today.
  • Has clear thinking and the ability to delegate, direct and encourage employed and volunteer leaders alike. As chair of Council and with local oversight of the church.
  • Has a vision for and can help us build towards a more vibrant communal prayer life.

Overview of Chineham

The housing is almost entirely post 1985 with the population predominantly families; the church family reflects this with working adults, children and youth numbers being greater than retired people. Chineham has a population of about 10,000 with 130 new houses in the process of construction. There are two primary schools sites in the parish (all county schools) with which the church has links, and where Ministers and church members take assemblies on a regular and frequent basis.

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Stipend: This is based on the Winchester Diocese stipend with vicarage provided and a non-contributory pension.

Note. This is the parish church of the ecclesiastical parish, and if the appointed Lead Minister is Anglican, then that person is the Vicar. The Single Congregation, Local Ecumenical Partnership (a SC-LEP) is comprised of Anglicans, Baptists, Methodists and the URC. The Rev. Ian Bentley, and before him, the Rev. Dr. Richard Turnbull, are both members of Reform.

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