Stantonbury Ecumenical Council has unanimously agreed to proceed with the suggestion of appointing an interim minister for Bradwell Church.
The SEC has set up a group consisting of four representatives of the Bradwell Church (Rod Ruston, Rob Coles, Alan Potter and Diana Stammers) and four representatives from the SEC (the Rev Paul Smith, Maggie Prisk, Bob Cross and the Rev David Lewis), to draw up the profile.
The decision by the SEC follows a meeting at Bradwell Church in January at which members of the congregation gave their backing to plans for an interim minister to replace the Rev Andy Jowitt who retired in October last year.
The minister who will be in post for up to two years will also have a responsibility for heading up a review of the Stantonbury Ecumenical Partnership – how it operates and how it can best serve the north east Milton Keynes area in the future.
David is taking pastoral responsibility for Bradwell Church until an appointment is made with Paul looking after the Cross and Stable. Once the interim minister appointment is made that person will take on Bradwell and David will take on Cross and Stable as well as Christ Church. That will leave the interim post holder time to help head up the ecumenical review within the partnership.
It is hoped that once the profile is drawn up that the post will be advertised within months – probably via the website, www.churchdrum.co.uk