Bathpool in Taunton has been chosen as the base for the first of nine new pioneer posts that the diocese is to recruit as part of its Pioneer Project 2018-2025.
The Pioneer Development Panel met on Wednesday 21 February to discuss the merits and finer details of the Bathpool Pioneer proposal. After prayerful consideration , members unanimously agreed that this appointment would be the ideal starting point from which the dream of a culture of pioneering and innovation across the diocese could grow.
Bishop Ruth Worsley who chaired this first meeting says, ‘This exciting pioneer role in Bathpool is breaking new ground in a new housing development. We anticipate that this will enable us to hear the story of a new community coming into being and for us to respond with the story of Christ’s love for each new neighbour.”
Recruitment to the position has now begun and both lay and ordained applicants are welcomed. For more details about the role, expectations and the context in which it the appointed person will minister, head over to our vacancies pages for the full application pack.
Revd Mary Styles, Rector of South Quantock benefice who developed the proposal and who will be providing local supervision for the successful candidate says, “I am so excited that we are now advertising for a Bathpool pioneer, as are many others from the Benefice, the Deanery and beyond. As someone with a real heart for pioneering I can see so much potential for new things to start growing as a result of the pioneer’s ministry. Christians have been praying for this place for a number of years, in a sense, preparing and planting the ground, for the pioneer to arrive and join in with what God is doing here.”
The diocese has set aside the £1.6m funding from the national church and made its own financial commitment of £1.5m from its in order to establish the nine new paid, five-year pioneer posts which will act as catalysts for pioneering activity across Somerset.
Want to find out more about pioneering in Bath and Wells? Follow the links below.