Full time Priest in Charge for the Benefice of Millom

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Do you relish a challenge to help churches to grow together and become more mission focussed? We are looking for a vibrant, energetic and sensitive, full-time Priest-in-Charge to serve the united benefice of Millom, which is a town on the north shore of the estuary of the River Duddon, approximately 6 miles north of Barrow-in-Furness, in South Lakeland, with a population of around 7,289

The Diocese of Carlisle (which is coterminous with the county of Cumbria), has been pro-active in seeking to respond to national trends in church life by the formation of around 40 ‘Mission Communities’ across the county to respond to the challenges and opportunities we face. This context has served to focus attention on exploring (and re-discovering) other exciting and innovative models of church life, ministry (lay and ordained, full and part time as well as self-supporting) and mission. The Diocese of Carlisle is committed to the God for All vision (see www.godforall.org.uk ) and part of that vision is the setting up of Mission Communities.

Please call The Archdeacon of Westmorland and Furness, Vernon Ross for an informal chat (015395) 34717.

Completed applications by email: archdeacon.south@carlislediocese.org.uk

Deadline: 12.00 Noon on Friday, 7 June, 2019

Interviews: Friday, 5 July 2019

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


The Benefice of Millom with Haverigg and Thwaites is set between the magnificent Lake District mountains, the beautiful Duddon Valley and the Irish Sea, at the south-western tip of Cumbria, overlooked by Black Combe.

The benefice consists of two parishes, Millom, which includes the small town of Millom and the villages of Haverigg and The Hill, and St Anne’s, Thwaites, which includes the village of The Green and a number of rural hamlets.

Further information will be found in our Parish Profile, which can be accessed via this advert or by following this link to the Diocese of Carlisle website: www.carlislediocese.org.uk/our-diocese/jobs.html

To promote the work of the church in building God’s Kingdom in Cumbria in line with the Diocesan Vision:

  • Bible-based teaching and broad-based churchmanship
  • Ministry to all generations: those currently involved with the churches, those with tenuous links and the totally missing generations
  • Visionary leadership with a clear view of the Church’s mission
  • Experience of leading and growing churches
  • Understanding of parochial financial matters
  • Committed to team work, as a team builder, a team member and a team leader who can develop the skills of lay and ordained members
  • A good communicator who is approachable, a good listener and keeps people informed
  • Actively involved in the local community

Will relish a challenge and help our congregations to:

  • Realise that we’re stronger together
  • Be open minded about the changes needed to grow worship across the benefice
  • Have confidence to make decisions and accept responsibility
  • Welcome newcomers and the ideas and skills they bring
  • Car and driving licence
  • Well organised with good IT skills
  • Reach out to those with tenuous or no current links to our churches and encourage them to:
  • Find out more and develop their faith
  • Feel welcomed and valued as members of the church community
  • Play a part in church activities and take on responsibilites

Please visit our website at www.millomchurchofengland.org.uk

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

Millom is a town on the north shore of the estuary of the River Duddon, approximately 6 miles north of Barrow-in-Furness, in South Lakeland, with a population of around 7289

We can offer you:

  • A small-town setting, close to the beauties of the Lake District
  • A close-knit, safe community
  • A long history of Christian worship
  • Four very different churches, all realising that they need help to grow
  • The opportunity to make a real difference

What goes on in the Millom Benefice?

  • All Age service, with children’s activities, followed by lunch on 1st Sunday of each month and an earlier said communion service
  • Services (usually communion) in each church on other Sundays
  • Many christenings and funerals, with follow-ups
  • Churches adapted for community use: one has a catering area, two have toilets and a third is currently seeking funding for a toilet and servery
  • A wide variety of events and activities: Christmas Tree festivals, Messy Church, Flower festivals, Concerts, Community events, Lent Lunches, etc.