We’re looking for a leader to lead our 10-year-old church plant and help our experienced team make the most of the opportunities ahead. Good character and proven leadership skills are essential, being an accredited minister is not.
Barton is a council estate at the edge of Oxford ranking in the bottom 20% on the indices of deprivation, and ranking in the bottom 10% for Children and Young People’s education. But to simply judge Barton based on the indices of deprivation or on its reputation is inadequate. This is a beautiful community brimming with talent and kindness, made up of loyal, caring, resilient folk. It’s a community full of potential.
Barton Community Church (BCC) was planted by Headington Baptist Church (HBC) in 2010 to be an authentic community bringing hope to the heart of Barton through making Jesus known.
We have four values:
- We welcome you: Whatever your story, there is space for you. We want you to feel welcomed, included and to know that you belong here.
- We care for each other: If you need a lift, jump in; if you need help, we’re there; if it’s your birthday, here’s a cake
- We are family: We don’t wait until Sunday to see each other. Each of us has something to contribute. We’re sticking together.
- We eat together: If we’re meeting together, we’re normally eating together
Aims and Key Tasks
- Leads the leadership team towards a clear vision of what BCC could be.
- Strengthens the core team, discipling and developing them and creating space for their gifts to be released.
- Builds relationships with those in the community and those on the fringe of church, meeting practical needs and sharing life and the gospel.
- Demonstrates incarnational mission through living in Barton, making it your home, being part of the community and displaying hospitality at home, whilst maintaining healthy boundaries and modelling a sustainable pace of mission.
- Strengthens key relationships in the community and in the city of Oxford through alliances that benefit the people of Barton.
- Oversees The Hub (in lieu of a Hub Manager) and the missional activities that take place from there.
- Is one of the key people leading Sunday gatherings through service leading and teaching
- Promotes and represents BCC at HBC, through involvement with the HBC staff team, preaching at HBC, and as one of HBC’s Trustees, the charity which BCC is a part of.
Who we're looking for
The candidate for this full-time role should be a woman or a man who is:
- Of good character: mature, secure, humble.
- Deeply committed to the gracious wisdom of Scripture and its power to change lives.
- Convinced of the importance of prayer.
- Committed to the proclamation of the Christian gospel and to engaging with social needs.
- Proven in their leadership skills either inside or outside the Church, and has experience of leading in some capacity within the church.
- Experienced in discipling others.
- Experienced in living and/or working amongst a disadvantaged community.
- Able to get on with just about everyone: the ability to relate to people from a wide range of backgrounds is essential.
- Able to be the point leader who leads a team of leaders; someone who can build, motivate and release a team.
- Able to develop both vision and strategy, working with the leadership team in the process.
- Able to organise themselves, and the team.
- A skilled communicator and a competent teacher, though teaching is usually shared amongst the team.
- Committed to incarnational mission.
- Able and willing to listen to the Holy Spirit, and to listen to Barton’s context, recognising that church models built for middle class environments may not work here.
- There is a genuine occupational requirement for the holder of this post to be a practising Christian. We are a part of the Baptist Union of Great Britain.
- The successful postholder is expected to abide by Headington Baptist Church’s Beliefs, Values and Code of Conduct – a copy of which is available upon request.
- This post requires an enhanced DBS check.
- There is an expectation that the minister will live in Barton. A 4-bed house has been purchased for this purpose.
- Right to work in the UK.
- A driving licence and access to a car may be useful, but is not necessary.
- Though we are a Baptist church, you don’t need to be a Baptist Minister. It’s desirable that you have a theological education, and that you show a willingness to working towards Baptist Union accreditation or entering appropriate training.
£24,500 (Baptist stipend) plus expenses
4-bed manse provided, including gas, electric, water bills
10% employer pension contribution
Location: Barton, Oxford
To register your interest in this position, email Robin Peake on the BCC Leadership Team with a letter stating how you meet the person specification along with your CV.
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