Rector of the Heart of Eden Benefice in the Heart of Westmorland Mission Community

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This is an exciting opportunity as we are seeking a creative priest to help further develop new ministry for our Benefice within our Ecumenical Mission Community.

We are in the process of a bold restructuring of the ministry to invest more consciously in an approach that is:

• Collaborative

• Missional

• Ecumenical

• Enabling - encouraging and releasing every person ministry

The role is Rector of the Heart of Eden Benefice which is in the Heart of Westmorland Mission Community.

Please contact The Venerable Lee Townend, Archdeacon of Carlisle for more information or an informal discussion. Tel. 07458016925.

Full details are available on the Diocesan website, including profiles and the required Diocesan application forms.

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Closing date: 20 May 2019 at 9.00am

Interviews: 17 and 18 June 2019

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The Heart of Eden Benefice covers a wide area including scattered villages and hamlets and the main town of Appleby. The Heart of Westmorland Mission Community covers the northern area of the Appleby Deanery, within the Diocese of Carlisle.

You would be part of the leadership team of the Mission Community by:

  • Becoming a member of the Mission Community Council which is responsible for the development of ecumenical life and setting mission priorities for the future.
  • Taking a lead in an aspect of mission that fits your own particular gifts and passions.
  • Supporting the Heart of Eden parishes as they take on more local responsibility, work more closely together, and look outwards to their communities.

This post will be for you if you are a person of vision, who enjoys the big picture, likes encouraging others, enjoys the company of colleagues, lay and ordained, and has a passion for mission.

Our Benefice encompasses a range of parishes with scenic villages all located in an area of Cumbria with good travel links, including access to the main west coast train line, A66 route, the M6 motorway and the Carlisle-Settle railway line.

The Key Responsibilities are:

  • Encouraging the further development of our ministry.
  • Equipping us to capitalise on our key missional opportunities.
  • Supporting and developing pastoral work at local level.
  • Keeping the team functioning effectively together.
  • Furthering the development of a new structure of ministry fit for the future of the rural Church, as part of the Mission Community leadership team.

Being a person of prayer who will keep your faith and passion to the fore

We are seeking someone who:

• Is passionate about the Christian faith and gifted in sharing it.

• Relishes the opportunity to have influence across whole communities.

• Is good at listening and a gifted communicator.

• Believes in the local church and enjoys releasing its potential for mission and ministry.

• Is a team-builder.

• Enjoys a diversity of spirituality and churchmanship, even if that sometimes means worshipping outside your own ‘comfort zone’.

• Feels a strong call to rural ministry, with a desire to learn where necessary.

• Wants to develop something new, helping us to develop our creativity together.

• Has a sense of humour and injects a sense of fun into all that we do.

• Enjoys being a visible Christian presence to all ages

For more information about this application process, please use this link

About Us:

We are located in a rural area;

  • within 20 minutes of the main west coast train route
  • close proximity to the A66
  • 20 minutes drive to the M6
  • Including the town of Appleby with its station for the Carlisle-Settle railway.

We are:

A group of Churches in good heart, who are enjoying growing together and taking on more responsibility.

A ministry team including retired clergy and trained laity, able to take a share of the occasional offices, freeing the Rector for the main tasks.

PCCs able to run themselves without you needing to attend every meeting, who are also working on new ways to improve our common decision-making.

Churches that want the Rector to help them to grow in ministry and mission.

Churches that have already begun to develop the life of our Mission Community, but require input and guidance and will welcome new ideas.

Churches that understand their context well and are willing to help an effective interpreter of the faith here.

A strong, committed ministry team that works well together and has real expertise in rural ministry.

We have organized ourselves into an ecumenical Mission Community, including:

  • An ecumenical leadership team
  • Administrative support
  • Committed lay and ordained people beginning to take on leadership and pastoral responsibility in many communities
  • Dedicated pioneer and youth ministry

Our benefice encompasses a range of parishes with scenic villages all in an area with good travel links and central to our Deanery.

Further information is noted in the profile of the parishes.