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Rector of the Arrowvale Group of Parishes

Please Note: The application deadline for this post has now passed.


The Arrowvale Parishes are evolving from a loose collection with little in common apart from geography, into an affectionate and mutually-supportive benefice. The glass is half-full.

The congregations include many gifted and active people; but as yet the potential to develop lay ministries – especially lay leadership in worship, teaching and pastoral ministry – is largely untapped. There are shining exceptions to this rule which show that a more developed lay ministry pattern would be broadly welcomed. The Diocese is eager to provide support and guidance in this area.

The congregations include people of a variety of theological traditions, although middle-of-the-road Anglicanism is predominant. The Rector must be able to work with everyone. In a village setting, many worshippers come originally from other Christian denominations.

The benefice includes some stunning church buildings, including churches of national importance (Shobdon recently had over £1m spent on a restoration). However they are not yet developed as centres for 21st century mission – as they surely should be.

Post Introduction

  • To share with the diocesan Bishop in the cure of souls; and with all God’s people in discerning and joining in the mission of God within the benefice, deanery and diocese, working collaboratively with all relevant colleagues in accordance with the diocese’s strategic priorities.
  • To show due regard for their own personal and spiritual well-being, in particular in the Ministry Development Review programme.

  • To undertake the responsibilities specified in the Canons and Ordinal, ensuring the appropriate provision of pastoral care and of the ministries of word and sacrament, so that all may find opportunities to grow in faith as disciples of Jesus Christ.

Role Responsibility

  • A person of prayer able to help develop the prayer life within the parishes, teaching the Gospel of Christ and encouraging the use of the Bible.

  • To grow the churches, especially among younger people: by personal example and by training lay people as effective witnesses, and by helping the congregations to become easier to join.

  • To provide pastoral care for church members and the wider community.

  • To further develop co-operation and sharing of gifts between parishes in the benefice.

  • To deliver clear, encouraging and gracious teaching about Christian stewardship, to the effect that church finances improve and stress about financial matters is addressed.

  • To develop ministry amongst young people and children, and particularly to build on the opportunities provided by our schools;

  • To encourage the parishes in caring for their historic church buildings, and to turn those buildings into assets for mission;

  • To ensure that the Benefice plays its full part in the life of the wider church.

The Ideal Candidate

  • A spiritual leader, operating comfortably in the context of middle-of-the-road Anglicanism. Ability to recognize and address the needs of parishioners from other traditions. Someone able to speak comfortably and attractively about Christian faith to non-Christians. Aptitude for teaching Scripture and for recovering its use by church members.

  • Ability to help traditional Christians to grow the church by their welcome of new members and by their readiness to speak about faith.

  • Commitment to a broader range of styles in worship, including lay-led and informal services, as well as the traditional worship of the church.

  • Proven ability to attract and incorporate young people and young families into the regular worshipping community of the church.

  • Ability to engage with the mission opportunities of the Primary Schools, both through personal involvement and by enabling lay church members’ participation.

  • Desire to recognize and develop lay gifts in ministry. Enthusiasm for developing parishioners’ respect for homegrown talent, and for embedding collaborative working in the life of the church.

  • Ability to develop the growing partnership, care and mutual support between the congregations of the benefice.

  • Understanding of the place of the church in a rural community. Ability to translate occasional offices, fundraising events and community celebrations into activities of spiritual and mission significance.

  • Ability to cover thirty square miles and to get to know the needs and distinct character of six churches, without showing favouritism.

  • Vision and energy to help our congregations develop the remarkable church buildings as assets fit for the twenty-first century.

  • Sufficient powers of organization to run a complex benefice; and readiness to identify others to whom tasks may be delegated.

  • Aptitude to teach stewardship and to speak realistically about money, without embarrassment and in an encouraging manner.

About Us

The Churches of the Arrowvale Group of Parishes are at the very heart of the communities we serve. We value greatly the heritage of our buildings and the Christian worship which has been held in them over many centuries, but are constantly seeking ways to make that heritage more accessible and welcoming to friends and neighbours who have little or no Christian experience of their own.

We recognise that Mission is the work of both clergy and laity and look forward to our new Rector leading, guiding and inspiring us to reach out to all those around us.

Our most important area of local mission has been to our schools and the children of our villages. Much of this work has directly involved our clergy over the years - with the Rector taking school assemblies and guiding school visits to the churches - but we recognise that this is something that can be shared by clergy and laity.


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