Oxford, Oxfordshire
£24,500 per year plus house+bills
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

We’re looking for a woman or man to move into Barton to lead our 11-year-old church plant and help our motivated team make the most of the mission opportunities ahead. Good character and proven leadership skills are essential, being an accredited minister is not.

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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.
  • 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.

Essential

  • 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 is provided for this purpose.
  • Right to work in the UK.

Desirable

  • 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.

About Barton

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 overlooked community is beautiful, brimming with talent and kindness, and made up of loyal, caring, resilient folk. It’s a community full of potential.

Whilst the estate is being developed with 900 new houses (40% of which is affordable housing), there remains a village mentality - most residents feel that Barton has a separate identity from Oxford, bringing a true community feel to it: people know and support each other. This mentality makes it unlikely that unchurched folk will travel off the estate to engage with a Christian community.

Daily life is a struggle for many, with poverty expressed not just economically, but through poor mental health and broken relationships. Hope is found in Jesus, but too often the Church has neglected to share him with those on the edges. The opportunity for mission is huge.

The Church

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. Watch videos of our history here(link is external) and here(link is external).

We’ve sought to follow the model of the incarnation, moving into the neighbourhood to be a faithful presence in the community. 90% of our church either already lived on the estate or intentionally moved here to be a part of this ministry, and we are experiencing the benefits of the credibility that living here for the long term brings. A manse is provided for the minister in a great location in the community.

10 years of living in the estate brings credibility - we have good relationships with St Mary’s Church, Barton Community Association and local police support community officers, and are known in the community for being the people who will answer your distress call.

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

Much of how we “do church” involves spending time with people, eating together and providing support for each other. There are also some regular activities we run with our largely volunteer-team:

  • [email protected][email protected] is BCC’s Sunday expression of church. [email protected] is hosted in the Barton Neighbourhood Centre and attracts around 40 people a week to a 4pm gathering that includes a group for children. Around one-third of those who come on a Sunday are not yet Christians. And most of the young people connected with the church have not yet made a profession of faith.
  • Community Lunch: Taking place instead of [email protected] on the first Sunday of every month, this allows people to ‘test drive’ church by joining us for a Sunday dinner.
  • Hear4You: A listening service that grew out of the pandemic, with trained volunteers providing a safe space for those with poor mental health or facing isolation
  • Know Your Worth: A self-esteem course for teenage girls, with 1:1 mentoring, to help them grow in confidence and make good decisions
  • Foodbank: Meeting the needs of those on the estate in poverty, whilst also providing volunteering opportunities that release the gifts of locals
  • Flourishing Families: A project yet to be started, that will provide support for families who have social services involved, and support for mums who have lost children into care.
  • Community Jar: Inspired by Acts 2:44, this is a jar of money where anyone in our community can put money in and anyone in our community can take money out. You can't pay it back, you can only pay it forward.
  • Small Groups: We have a small group meeting every fortnight, a women’s prayer morning on Fridays and ad-hoc praise and prayer evenings
  • Weekend Away: We try to get away for a church weekend every year - for many connected with our church, it’s their only holiday of the year.
  • Drop-In: A new open house at the Hub, every Monday morning after the school run, where anyone can drop in for a cuppa and a chat

Our Hub

We opened ‘The Hub’ in 2019. This is a space at the base of the Neighbourhood Centre in the heart of the estate, with access to a kitchen and patio area.

The Hub has allowed us to be more incarnational and provide people with opportunities to engage with church that isn’t a Sunday service. It’s now used most days of the week, whether for drop-in, the Hear4You listening service, foodbank, training or kids activities.

The City Council have plans to develop Underhill Circus, which would move the position of the shop to be directly opposite The Hub, which will significantly increase visibility and footfall.

Your home

Incarnational mission is in our DNA - the church is seeking a leader who is willing to make Barton their home and practice hospitality whilst modelling healthy boundaries.

In September 2021 we got the keys to a manse, which is situated on Atkinson Close. This ex-council house sits on a cul-de-sac in a good location on the estate, but not too central. 4 doors up live James and Marion (James was the minister at Headington Baptist Church who moved out of their manse to move onto the estate in the early days). And 3 doors down live Judy and Sam (Judy helped plant the church from the very beginning).

How to apply

To register your interest in this role, email Nick Jackson (Administrator at Headington Baptist Church) with a letter telling us what makes you good for this role along with your CV. We are only considering applications from candidates with the right to work in the UK. If you would like an informal conversation, or to come visit us, please email Nick to arrange. Closing date: Friday 12 November 2021

Application Instructions

To register your interest in this role, email Nick Jackson (Administrator at Headington Baptist Church) with a letter telling us what makes you good for this role along with your CV. We are only considering applications from candidates with the right to work in the UK. If you would like an informal conversation, or to come visit us, please email Nick to arrange.

Refreshed on: 31 October 2021
Closed date: 12 November 2021
Tags: Christian

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