Team Vicar Vacancy on Lichfield Estates

Lichfield Diocese


Benefice of Glascote and Stonydelph

To serve the churches of St Peter, Glascote Heath and
St Martin in the Delph.

Is God calling you to be our Team Vicar?
Do you have a heart for urban ministry, spirit led worship
and community outreach?

The Churches are situated on the eastern edge of the historic
town of Tamworth, on the fringes of the West Midlands.
They are both evangelical estate churches, located in well
designed multipurpose buildings.

This is an exciting opportunity to take forward the mission
of the church, to build bridges and work with the
surrounding communities.

We are looking for a Vicar who:

• Is a warm hearted and compassionate leader able to
relate to all people
• Is passionate about community outreach
• Will preach and teach in ways that connect the doctrines
of the Bible and the church to the current issues facing
our society today.

The churches take clergy well-being seriously and support
opportunities for personal development, spiritual growth,
and a good work-life balance. This is a full-time, stipendiary post.

Full details from
Enquiries & application form from the Archdeacon of Lichfield

All applicants should normally have 3 years’ experience in
the Church of England or another Anglican church in the
British Isles.

Closing date: 28th May 2021
Familiarisation day: w/c 14th June 2021
Interviews: 30th June 2021

For a copy of the advert please click:


Webinar: C of E vision for the 2020s Monday 26 April, 12.30 – 1.30pm

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Join Archbishop Stephen Cottrell and panel members to find out more about the emerging vision and strategic priorities for the Church for the next decade.

This is the second in a series of webinars that will explore what it means to be a church that is centred on Jesus Christ and shaped by Jesus Christ – a church that is simpler, humbler, bolder.

In this session, we will be focussing on the strategic priority to be a church where the mixed ecology of many forms of church is the norm. We will be using questions raised in the first of our webinars in this series to inform the content of this session.

As well as hearing from the panel, there will be time for your questions and to find out what the vision and in particular this strategic priority means for you, your church, or diocese.

  • a church of missionary disciples
  • a church which is younger and more diverse
  • a church where the mixed ecology of many forms of church are the norm.

We want to engage with as many people as possible through these webinars. Please forward this invitation to your church networks and colleagues.

Register for the webinar 

“Our vision for being a Jesus Christ centred and Jesus Christ shaped Church will help us focus on what truly matters: the Christ like life of prayer; our worship and our service; the proclamation of God’s good purposes for the world; and how all this is fed and nurtured by word and sacrament, and by our own humble acknowledgment of our need of God’s grace, so that, together, we can build a better, more hopeful future.”
Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell – General Synod, February 2021

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Introducing Lynne Cullens Chair of NECN

Who’s who @ NECN

Over the coming months we are going to take a look at who the Trustees of NECN are, their passions, their skills and what they get up to in and out of NECN.

If you would like to get more involved, feel you have passion or skills which could be useful please do get in touch. We have work streams as well as trustee opportunities.

Chair of NECN
Lynne Cullens Chair of NECN


My first encounter with NECN was several years before I joined the Board, via the annual conference which was held in Manchester.  It was a really busy, lively, even slightly chaotic event, filled with folk from a wide range of estates ministries and contexts, and the discussions were noisy, good-natured and rich.

And I’m delighted to say they still are.  NECN has flourished and developed in many ways over recent years, but it remains faithfully, determinedly true to its roots and its passion; the representation, affirmation, advocacy for and service to all those Christian leaders in our estate communities nationally – including myself – for whom ministry is both a daily joy and a challenge.

As Chair of the NECN Board, it’s now my privilege to work alongside the most gifted set of Trustees, who bring passion, focus and wisdom to our stewardship of NECN, under the leadership of Sara, our new Executive Director.

The future for estates ministry will be challenging; NECN will be at the forefront of advocating, resourcing, supporting and praying for estates churches and leaders in those challenges.  If you’re not part of our network already, we’d love you to join us in that.


Praxis Labs Centre for Hope and Activism

Praxis Labs run courses to help you turn your faith into action. They are starting another one on 8 April. It’s hugely accessible, really inspiring and welcomes all theological perspectives. It’s also ‘pay as you can afford’ and so accessible from a finance perspective too.

Praxis Labs

“As lockdown (hopefully) comes to an end in the next few months, you might be thinking through what activities you’ll do when things open up. Maybe you feel that God wants you to start something new, or revisit some of the things you did pre-covid – or maybe you want to get more engaged in justice and activism but don’t know how to get going. 

If that’s you, can I recommend the Labs course from the Praxis Centre (home of the Hopeful Activists’ Podcast)? It’ll give you space to reflect and plan in light of God’s big story while hearing from some excellent activists and theologians. Starts on 8 April. They’re a great bunch :)”

Rich, Founder of Praxis Labs

Find out more at

Who’s Who @NECN

Over the coming months we are going to take a look at who the Trustees of NECN are, their passions, their skills and what they get up to in and out of NECN.

If you would like to get more involved, feel you have passion or skills which could be useful please do get in touch. We have work streams as well as trustee opportunities.

Introducing Andy Dorton – Trustee


Andy Dorton

I’m one of the older, possibly oldest of the NECN trustees and in this situation, like many others now, I find myself saying ‘I’ve been around a while’.  I’ve worked for the C of E for over 30 years but I’m not and have never wanted or felt called to be vicarated.   I did have to argue quite strenuously to be allowed to live on an outer-housing estate… ‘it’s a bad investment’, so I bought my own place…. so since 1994 we’ve been right on the northern edge of Hull on its outer-most estate.   It’s long story but the children grew up great.   There never has been a church-meeting on this 2000 house estate (a subset of a much bigger one, in name at least) that has stuck here until four years ago… we must all be reaching maturity, or something.

We created an ‘outer-estates group’ in Hull nearly 30 years ago and its one of those wells, oases – or your favourite analogy – that has kept me and I think a few changing others re-energised when the need arose.   It’s a pretty flaky thing, but I have a few seminal sets of notes I love my brothers and sisters for.

Making spaces to think, to listen, to work things out a bit together – no pressure, light structures, no/low rent bosses – has been quite a lot of what it seems I’ve done over the years.   I guess I’ve got one more big, employed ride around ‘what does the future hold now’ world left in me.   “Stick with me baby, stick with me anyhow; things should start to get interesting right about now” as Bob would say.   I hope so.

Who’s who @NECN

Over the coming months we are going to take a look at who the Trustees of NECN are, their passions, their skills and what they get up to in and out of NECN.

If you would like to get more involved, feel you have passion or skills which could be useful please do get in touch. We have work streams as well as trustee opportunities.

Introducing Robb Sutherland – Trustee

Vicar of Mixenden and Illingworth in North Halifax.

I spent my first three years as the first-time vicar of an estates church feeling quite isolated.  I was surrounded by ministers who were having completely different experiences to mine.  My colleagues are wonderfully supportive but my experience doesn’t easily correlate to that of The Minster.  I was introduced to NECN by a chance encounter a few years ago.  Discovering this network of people who share a similar life and growing a local network of practitioners, lay and  ordained has been an empowering experience.

I grew up in a mining family and married the vicar’s daughter of an estates church in Leeds.  That church community taught me the Christian faith and the love and generosity that truly comes from people who have little but give everything.  In hindsight it was probably inevitable that once ordained I would follow the call to a similarly wonderful estates church parish with all of our ups and downs.  It is my hope that in the coming years that NECN will grow as a supportive community, as well as a becoming a national voice for people on the margins.
Robb is a trustee of NECN and a member of the Estates Evangelism Task Group as part of Renewal and Reform.  He blogs at

Sara Barron NECN Executive Director

The Board of Trustees of NECN are delighted to announce the appointment of our new Executive Director, the Revd Sara Barron.  Sara comes to NECN as a former trustee and Vice-Chair and brings with her a wealth of experience of, and passion for, estates ministry.  She introduces herself below and she will take up her role in January 2021.

As a Board, we are very much looking forward to Sara leading us in this next phase of NECN’s life and development, and we continue to be grateful to Allchurches Trust for their generous funding which enables us to develop our work in supporting estate churches, practitioners and evangelism nationally.

New Executive Director for NECN

I am excited to introduce myself as the new Executive Director of NECN. I am looking forward to getting to know lots of you but here is a little bit about me.

I am married to Barney, we have four children and are both Baptist ministers. We moved to Cornwall 2 years ago to a missional listening role in the economically poorest county in England. However, previous to that I lived and worked for 16 years in a large estate of 33,000 called Leigh Park, close to the city of Portsmouth. Here we started ‘Café Church’, a place for those who had no experience of church to come and explore the gospel story. The last few years in the estate, having established the church, I worked as a pioneer for the Diocese of Portsmouth to grow new and different work with the local schools and addressing food poverty, amongst other things.

Alongside that for the last 5 years I have worked for Curbs project (Children in URBan Situations), a small charity which resources, trains, and supports those working in urban and estates ministry with children and families. During my time in Leigh Park, I got involved with NECN and became a trustee and later Vice Chair. This gave me an opportunity to be involved with the Estates Evangelism Task Group as it forged a strategic plan to encourage flourishing Christian presence on every estate. I am excited about NECN’s role in supporting and encouraging those called to serve in our countries’ housing estates.

Please be in touch if you would like to share your story of estate ministry or join one of our many local support groups around the country. I look forward to sharing my love and passion for estates ministry.


Vacancy: Church Leader (Estate Church Plant) Barton Community Church

Christian Vocations


Barton Community Church are looking for a woman or man to move into Barton to lead our 10-year-old church plant and help the experienced team make the most of the mission opportunities ahead. Good character and proven leadership skills are essential, being an accredited minister is not.

Salary: £35.5k
Location: Barton estate, Oxford

Find out more about Barton Community Church at

For details about what the role involves, who they are looking for and how to apply visit



Urban Ministry support from New Wine

New WIne

New Wine is a network of different Christian denominations which empowers and equips Christian leaders to spread the good news of God’s Kingdom.  Learning materials can be adapted to suit local situations.

During the pandemic Christians from the network have kept in touch with each other and have shared inspiring stories of how they have led people to Jesus by phone conversations or through another device. You can read the latest blog here.

Leadership Network and Urban Ministry

Church leaders can join the New Wine Leadership Network for free. Support offered by the network includes

  • Pastoral prayer
  • Regional connections and support
  • Training and coaching
  • Mentoring

Your focus would continue to be on your local community.

New Wine also offers specific support to you if you minister in an inner city or an outer estate through events, resources and local support.

Do get in touch with Andrew Jolley if your heart is with urban ministry on

Vacancy: Oversight Minister East Central Rotherham Mission Area



An exciting new stipendiary role has been created in an established mission area of three parishes serving a diverse socio-economic context.

The Diocese of Sheffield is looking for a priest with a passion for urban mission and a commitment to work creatively to meet new challenges. With Lowest Income Communities funding, they are able to make this new appointment to be based at St James Clifton, one of the most deprived parishes in the diocese, sharing with an ordained colleague in the oversight of the parish churches of Clifton, Herringthorpe and Whiston.

The successful candidate will be licensed as Priest in Charge of Clifton and Associate Priest at Herringthorpe and Whiston, and will nurture the whole people of God to realise the Diocesan strategy to be a flourishing and generous diocese that is Renewed, Released and Rejuvenated.

To view the advert please click on the link to the PDF below:

Oversight Minister


Archdeacon of Sheffield & Rotherham, the Venerable Malcolm Chamberlain 07740 198806


Please send completed applications to The Archdeacon of Sheffield & Rotherham at by 5:00pm on Thursday 1st October.

Interviews will take place on Thursday 22nd October .

This post is subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure.