A New Vicar
Getting a new vicar can be both an exciting time and an anxious time for a parish. What will he be like? Will he change things? Will he fail to change things?
The Rev’d Tim Barker will be installed by the Bishop as the next Vicar of All Saints’ Parish on 2 August this year.
I’m excited for you because I know Tim well, and I am confident that he will be a good vicar for this parish.
What is a vicar?
I need to go back a couple of thousand years to start to answer that question. In New Testament times, when there were only a few thousand Christians in the world, they met in small groups in people’s houses or shops. They needed a leader or supervisor. He was called an episcopos – literally an over-seer. Or he was called an elder or presbuteros.
Over time in English the episcopos became the “bishop” and the presbuteros became the “priest”. Each elder / priest looked after one small house group under the direction of the over-seer / bishop. The priest was there on behalf of the bishop, or “vicariously”. Hence he became known as the “vicar”.
So, Tim will join you to be an elder among you, to keep an eye on you on behalf of the Bishop. When he was ordained he agreed to do a number of things: to teach the Bible, to pray and study, to protect the teaching and standards of the church, to live out the Gospel, to care for the lost and lonely, to give glory to God.
But, on top of this, Tim is to be a gatherer and an encourager. He is to be the minister to the ministers, the pastor to the pastors, the teacher to the teachers. This parish knows this well; so, I can assure you, does Tim. That is why I am excited for you.
“You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” (1 Pet. 2:5).
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