Description of Chapel:
• Though we have existed for over 200 years we find our identity in what the Lord is calling us to in the future.
• We regularly have around 40 at our morning service and 25–30 at our evening service. (Coronavirus - At present we hold a Sunday morning zoom service and a Wednesday zoom Bible study, and post sermons and mid-week reflections on our chapel website)
• We have 27 members, plus additional regular hearers along with many occasional hearers and “friends” of the Chapel.
• Whilst an older congregation demographically, we are a lively fellowship with a desire to reach our community with the Gospel.
• We have two services each Sunday; a monthly crafters outreach group; a growing weekly Tots ministry; very strong links with the school (our previous pastor was a governor and took Collective Worship there weekly); a weekly Bible study and prayer meeting (of which a majority of members attending); a bi-monthly men’s and women’s breakfast (the latter of which is well attended, especially by many outside the Chapel).
• We have three partners in mission and many additional ministries that we support.
• Isa 37:31 describes our path well: the surviving remnant…shall again take root downward and bear fruit upward. Our Chapel represents a faithful remnant that has persevered and remained a faithful witness to the Gospel in a time when many rural churches have closed or apostatised. During the last several years of our previous pastor we have been blessed as a fellowship and put many roots downward. Now we are looking for a man to continue this work and help us bear fruit upwards.
• Pastoral-Elder to chair the Eldership
• Approx. 20 hours/ week + Sundays
• Preach once a week, on one of our two services each Sunday (attend services otherwise, when not preaching elsewhere)
• Ideally engage with the local school as a governor and/or in collective worship
o Weekly Bible study
o Pastoral visitation and care
o Various ministries (see above)
o Some administrative tasks
o Vision and mission
• Engage with the FIEC as appropriate (i.e. local fraternal)
It needs to be noted that we do not have a manse or property attached to the chapel, so the new pastor will need to find their own accommodation preferably in, or close to, the village.
For more information or to submit your cover letter and CV write Gordon James: [email protected]
The successful man of God will:
• Meet the criteria of 1 Tim 3:1–7 and Tit 1:5–16
• Share in our doctrinal beliefs (available online)
• Agree to our Constitution and Handbook as a CIO
• Have a heart for rural ministry
• Have a desire to become part of our fellowship, our community and be passionate about advancing our mission.
• Share our Acts 1:8 vision for mission and have a practical interest in it
• Ideally have gifting, not only as a pastor-teacher, but also that of an evangelist
• Work as part of a team of elders as a first among equals
• Work with our deacons and other officers and leaders
• Have some theological education (or equivalent)
• Have proven their pastoral/ministry gifting’s, ideally with at least 2 years’ experience
• Be open to being involved with the FIEC
• Be willing to relocate to the Parish, or the locality
• Provide at least 4 references (2 from Christian leaders, 2 from those in recent churches in which you have served)
• Be a UK citizen or resident