Associate Minister
with responsibility for Discipleship, Small Groups and Prayer - St Andrew's High Wycombe.

This Associate Minister will be part of a growing team with a strong focus on teaching, training and equipping the church. This is a strategic role for an ordained Anglican with leadership experience, to build and nurture faith within St Andrew’s church family.  

St Andrew’s is at an exciting time of transition as we look at new ways of doing church, that makes disciples who make disciples. As part of the New Wine Network we love the Bible and are led by the spirit. We have been designated as a Resource Church within the Oxford Diocese with the aim of planting churches, resourcing and equipping existing churches and partnering with other organisations to bring life to our City. Our vision is to be God’s transforming presence at the heart of the community.  

You will be an energetic, self-starting, pastor and teacher with clear leadership gifts and who can be committed to working alongside the Lead Pastors, Simon and Debbie Dust. You will be part of a Senior Leadership Team helping St Andrew’s to grow a healthy, outward-focused church to impact our local community and beyond. This new post will enable the vicar, Simon Dust to more fully focus on resourcing other churches and pioneering new Missional opportunities.  

For an informal conversation, please contact the vicar, Simon Dust simon.dust@standrewshw.co.uk  

The Responsibilities of the Associate Minister
The Associate Minister would have responsibility for three main areas within the life of the church. 

1. Discipleship, Teaching and Equipping 

With the aim of forming mature disciples of Jesus Christ, the AM will develop a clear pathway for people in their walk with Christ. Helping every member of the church to identify and grow in their spiritual gifts and to step out in new ways of serving in the church, workplace, and community. Taking a leading role with preaching, leading and planning our main Sunday services.  

2. Small Groups and leadership development 

Overseeing the small group communities, raising up and training leaders, developing a missional focus. Identifying and encouraging younger leaders. Helping to resource other local churches by offering Leadership Development courses across the town and Deanery. Developing and raising up both mentors and mentees within our mentoring programme.  

3. Prayer 

As a church we long to grow deeper in our life of prayer and increasingly to seek God’s guidance, vision, inspiration and empowerment in everything we do. You will oversee all levels of prayer from corporate gatherings to personal prayer that is deep and wide and learns to listen to the Holy Spirit’s leading using all the spiritual gifts He has given. This would include 24/7 prayer, prayer ministry teams and other creative forms of prayer.  

Person Specification

Your Spiritual Life & Theology  

  • A mature disciple of Jesus Christ rooted in relationship with God the Father and committed to an ongoing experience of the renewing work of the Holy Spirit. 
  • Committed to the authority of Scripture and holding to traditional theology in matters of faith, ethics and conduct(See Evangelical Alliance Basis of Faith)
  • Committed to Prayer and reading the Bible as part of your daily rhythm of life. 
  • Committed to sharing your faith with anyone you meet as a normal part of your life. 
  • Loves local church and comfortable working within the Church of England, with grace and love for a wide spectrum of people from traditional to charismatic backgrounds.

  

Your Character  

  • Someone with energy and initiative 
  • Integrity/authentic/open and real 
  • Secure, good natured, not easily offended 
  • Resilient and hard-working 
  • Enjoy working in teams 
  • Teachable, humble, and servant-hearted 
  • Does not take yourself too seriously 
  • Outward-looking ‘ideas’ person 

  

Your Gifts and Skills  

  • Proven track record in leading and developing others. 
  • Evidence of personal outreach and motivating others to share their faith. 
  • Able communicator to large or small groups and also one-to-one. 
  • A good manager of people – able to motivate, manage and monitor in such a way as to achieve the vision, build teams and release gifts and skills in others. 
  • Strong relational skills, approachable and compassionate. 
  • Relevant administrative & IT skills to support the role. 

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 16th October 2020.

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Resource Church Vision

The Oxford Diocese have developed an audacious vision to establish 750 new congregations across the Diocese over the next decade. Some will be larger congregations established through investment in and revitalisation of existing churches, or planted in new housing areas, or communities established for networks through Bishops’ Mission Orders.  

A small number will be new resourcing churches, strengthened in our large urban centres through the investment described here and able to be channels of new life and growth in High Wycombe, Reading, Slough and Milton Keynes.  

Resourcing Hubs aim to bring significant growth in those urban areas where church attendance is lowest, and there are significant needs either socio-economically or with younger groups and/or BAME communities 

The vision at St Andrew’s as a Resource Church is to church plant within more deprived areas of High Wycombe which also have high BAME populations. This builds on the recent Church Plant to St Mary and St George in 2019, with a team from St Andrew’s, led by Rev Jonny Dade.  The Resource Church vision will enable an Associate Minister to be deployed in pastoral, discipleship and nurture ways for the existing St Andrew’s congregation, releasing the Incumbent into a Pioneer/Planting role for which he has gifting and calling. The result will be to plant two new churches that will have, in their DNA, a vision for planting again within their first 5 years. Project costs include the stipend of one priest, housing for two planting curates, operations director and intern. 

Read the full Oxford Diocese bid with Strategic Development Fund here

St Andrew's Church

St Andrew’s Church moved to its present site in 1961 when the surrounding housing was being built. In the late 1960s, very few adults and children worshipped at St Andrew’s. In the seventies, the congregation rapidly increased in size. In the eighties, a good percentage of the congregation came from outside the parish, drawn to St Andrew’s as a charismatic church active in the Renewal Movement. The recent history of St Andrew’s has seen the emphasis shifted towards outreach to the surrounding community.

                       

Our aim is to be ‘God’s transforming presence at the heart of the Community’ 

We recently set out a vision to build on the vision of continuing to send people out and bring life to our city through church planting, partnering with others and resourcing churches. It has at it’s heart a desire to overflow with generosity to reflect all that God has blessed us with.  

Our vision for 2020 and beyond 

Our Values 

The current St Andrew’s was built on a new housing estate in the 1960s. The building was significantly extended in the mid-1980’s to house a growing congregation. 

The current congregation of around 260 is getting quite large for the existing building and there is a plan to refurbish and extend the building (the so-called “Nexus Project”) at a cost of £2.9million. The project is currently in the phase of community consultation (there is significant buy-in from the community) Planning permission was granted in November 2019. 

St Andrew’s has a great staff team seeking to outwork our vision and equip the church to be disciples of Jesus Christ who make disciples. Simon and Debbie Dust are the Lead Pastors. Debbie has a role overseeing our Community and Outreach. We also have a Pastoral Lead, Youth Pastor, Children and Families Pastor, Church Manager, Finance and Admin, and three on the buildings and maintenance team.  

Wider Church

St Andrew’s is part of the Wycombe Team, made up of seven churches across the town. A team from St Andrew’s has recently planted something new into St Mary and St George seeking to honour the tradition of the existing congregation whilst bringing new life and growth into the church. St Andrew’s has recently begun to work with St James’ Church, Downley where the new incumbent was formerly curate at St Andrews. 

We have worked very closely with the Wycombe Deanery, receiving funding for the recent church plant.

The future vision of St Andrew’s being a resource church is at the heart of the Deanery Plan for the next 5 years.  

St Andrew’s are very involved with wider networks, churches and other partnerships including Love Wycombehosting a New Wine Network for South Bucks, a townwide church leaders prayer breakfast each month and hosting Lighthousea children’s holiday club.  

 

St Andrews Parish

The Parish of St Andrew’s is nearly all residential, and occupies a slice of the Wye Valley to the east of the town centre. There are about 4,200 houses/flats in the parish ranging from newly built flats to comfortable, detached houses and a lot of new housing is planned. There is no clearly-defined community area or centre.  

Approximately 7% of residents are Asian and 5% Black. There are a few scattered shops, and some small-scale industrial activity, with several clusters of sheltered housing managed.  

There is one Upper School – Highcrest Community School – almost directly opposite the church in Hatters Lane, and three schools which cater for pupils under 11, namely Kingswood, Hannah Ball and Beechview.  

Within the Parish, there is a RC church and the Totteridge Baptist Church.  

St Andrew’s hosts a Brazilian Church on a Saturday night. 

 Introducing High Wycombe:     

  • High Wycombe is a busy and growing market town on the edge of the Chilterns, 30-40 minutes by train from London, and half-an-hour by car from Oxford. 

The population of the Wycombe urban area is 133,204. The population of the parishes in High Wycombe is just under 79,000. 

  • The town has a local hospital with its own hospital chaplain, and a university college (Bucks New University)which serves the whole area.  
  • The industrial base of the town has broadened from furniture manufacturing through the growth of business and high technology activities. Unemployment and poverty is lower than the national and regional levels. Many people commute to London; others work largely in the service industries. There are some difficulties in recruiting suitable staff, especially for lower paid work, because of the high price of housing in the area. 
  • About 70% of homes are owner-occupied; 20% are rented from the local authority. Since the recent development of the University College, much housing is also rented by students, either directly from the College or privately. 
  • There is a wide choice of primary and secondary schools in the High Wycombe area, in both the public and private sectors. Secondary education is selective.Steve Baker(Cons) is the local MP, and a committed Christian 
  • A number of children of families who attend St Andrew’s go to High Wycombe Church of England (Aided) Combined School. The Team Rector, or one of the Team Vicars, is an ex officio member of the Governing Body. 
  • There are twomultiplex cinemas, a revamped leisure centre, and a theatre and arts centre. The town holds an annual Arts Festival, and many concerts throughout the year are given by local and national groupsThe Eden Centre is a large shopping centre, with new library and leisure facilities.  
  • High Wycombe is the home of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club recently promoted to the Championship for the first time in their history. 
  • There are plenty of sports facilities, and the Chiltern Hills provide plenty of opportunities for walking and cycling.