As we are currently in a vacancy we have written these profiles with applicants in mind for the position advertised in the Church times from early September to early October 2019. Additionally we believe that the Congregational Profile gives an excellent insight into our church for any prospective churchgoers who would be most welcome to join us.
Priest/Pastor Profile - Autumn 2019 Christ Church, Kincardine O’ Neil Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney A Scottish Charity No. SC001675
We are looking for a priest/pastor called by God to come to live among us, to serve and pray with us and to teach us, walking with us in pilgrimage following an evolving vision. This may be a full-time or part-time priest or curate. For more information on Christ Church, please refer to our Congregational Profile.
Scriptural Teaching •Based on the authority of Scripture as the revealed Word of God •Explaining how the Scriptures can be applied in everyday circumstances and to current issues. •Encouraging prayer and Bible study. •Building knowledge of and confidence in the Gospel.
Outreach to Community •Leading and co-ordinating us as we take the Gospel message to local communities and schools, principally Kincardine O’ Neil Primary School and Aboyne Academy. •“Summer Camp” fun days for primary and secondary pupils. •Identifying opportunities for using the church hall, once built, to engage the community and acting with us to realise this potential.
Traditional Values •Appreciating our current mix of liturgies and forms of services and the importance of the musical and choral tradition, whilst being willing to look at ways of developing new patterns of worship with the congregation. •Supporting evangelical belief that the essence of the Gospel consists of the doctrine of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ's atonement. •It all starts with prayer
Congregational Development & Pastoral Care •Working with the Vestry through an agreed but evolving plan to grow and strengthen the congregation. •Supporting and encouraging the children’s choir. •Starting up a Sunday School or Children’s Church. •A strong interest in supporting and encouraging our young families. •Co-ordinating pastoral care for the sick, elderly or vulnerable. •Be willing to lead, develop and empower the Lay Ministry team. •Be both guide and companion, encouraging and developing the gifts of the congregation in their own ministry, identifying and meeting specific training needs. •Be caring and compassionate, having an inclusive and accepting attitude, able to relate to those with doubts as well as those with certainty in their faith.
What has worked •A prayerful approach. •Teamwork and a “can do” attitude. •Enthusiasm. •Wisdom and sensitivity, guided by the Holy Spirit. •Some form of business or secular employment experience. •Working with the vestry through an agreed but evolving plan. •A perspective from a different background or culture. •Residence in the community.
What has not worked •An academic approach. •Operating individually without clear aims. •Too much involvement in Diocesan and Provincial duties. •Trying to do it all.
Practicalities Finding the right person from any Anglican background is more important than trying to fit any particular template. Applications will therefore be welcome either on a house-for-duty basis or for a curacy providing suitable supervision can be organised. A part-time position might suit an applicant who is undertaking studies, for example. An appropriate package will be agreed by discussion. As a guide, this might be on a “house-for-duty plus” model for Sundays and 3 days through the week with an honorarium and expenses. If successful in growing the church further there is scope to improve the reward. A suitable house will be provided in Kincardine O’ Neil, free of rent, repairs and Council Tax alongwith mileage and telephone expenses.
Essentials •The appointment is subject to a satisfactory PVG Scheme Record disclosure (Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007). •You will be either an ordained member of the Anglican Communion or in a denomination in full communion with the Scottish Episcopal Church – e.g. through the Porvoo Agreement. •You will be a car owner (or be willing and able to acquire one) and hold a driving licence valid in the UK. •You will have proficient IT skills and a good command of spoken and written English. •You must be positive and outgoing.
Preferred •If you are not a UK citizen, you should be eligible for a working visa to live and work in the UK. [The legal position may of course change as a result of the Brexit negotiations.] We hope our new Pastor will create a balance between maintaining our traditional values and worship and nurturing and developing a fresh vision for the future. For any further information and application form please apply in writing by email or post with your C.V. to: Andrew Bradford, The Secretary to the Vestry, Christ Church, Kincardine Estate Office, Kincardine O’ Neil, ABOYNE, Aberdeenshire, AB34 5AE T.013398 84225 E.firstname.lastname@example.org
Bishop Rt. Rev. Anne Dyer T. 01224 662247E. email@example.com
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