Priest in Charge (House for Duty) St Agatha, Sparkbrook with St Barnabas, Balsall Heath

19th April 2021

The Bishop of Birmingham wishes to appoint a Priest in Charge (House for Duty) St Agatha, Sparkbrook with St Barnabas, Balsall Heath

Witnessing to Christ in the heart of a predominantly Muslim area, this vibrant parish, affiliated to The Society of St Wilfred and St. Hilda, seeks a priest who will work with the congregations to:

•deepen their prayer and sacramental life and continue to grow as disciples

•develop relationships with the community in a diverse area of Birmingham

•discern and empower a vision for the next stage in the development of the parish

•consider new connections with neighbouring parishes, contributing from the strength of the Catholic Faith in the parish

•build on the existing work with children and to explore ministry among young people and young adults.

There are two churches in the parish: St Agatha’s is a Grade 1 listed, nationally known beacon of the Catholic tradition in the Church of England and St Barnabas is in the heart of the residential area. The largely gathered, welcoming, faithful, and active congregation reflects the rich ethnic and social diversity of the City.

Under the House of Bishops’ Declaration, the parish receives pastoral and sacramental care from the Bishop of Ebbsfleet.

The 4-bedroomed clergy house (built 1994) is situated close to the mouth-watering Balti-belt restaurants, and the massive cultural, educational and leisure facilities of the city are easily accessible.

Presentation is currently suspended to allow discussion of possible future pastoral reorganisation which can proceed once the new priest is appointed.


A Diocesan Profile for this post should be read prior to submitting an application, this is available from the HR Support Officer, Chris Booth who can be emailed on [email protected]

Closing date: 23rd May 2021 Interviews are planned for Wednesday 9th June 2021

Those interested are encouraged to contact the Archdeacon of Birmingham,

Ven. Jenny Tomlinson: 0121 426 0441 [email protected]

For futher information and to apply please click here

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons, particularly from those currently under-represented including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups.