Rector Designate of The Bowland Benefice

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This is a new rural benefice comprising three churches set amidst the stunning natural beauty of the Ribble Valley. The churches are central tradition or gently Catholic with a love for the Eucharist. The new priest will need to establish the benefice and develop a relationship-based, pastoral ministry, seeking to establish a presence in all the villages that the Parishes serve.

A video showing the wonderful opportunities available in this benefice can be viewed here. Please note the proposal for the union of these three churches is currently at consultation stage.

  • To reflect on the implications of Vision 2026 in this heavily rural setting and seek to grow the congregations spiritually and numerically .
  • To encourage the three churches to support one another, co-operate more closely and pray together as a new benefice is formed
  • To build a strong pastoral ministry, developing good relationships with the inhabitants of all the villages in the benefice, getting involved in local activities and seeking to become a well-known figure in each of the communities
  • To foster the good link with the two church schools and also to develop ministry in the community schools in Gisburn and Bolton by Bowland
  • To develop the prayer and worshipping life of the churches with a particular concern for helping new people come to faith
  • To build up the capacity and confidence of laypeople in the churches and find a new generation of people to take up responsibilities
  • To be especially aware of the needs of the people of Gisburn who have had a disturbed pattern of ministry compounded by the sudden death of their last priest

We seek a priest who:

  • Is firmly rooted in prayer and who will teach us to pray more deeply.
  • Is a gifted and confident pastor, able to build relationships with people of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Can develop our worshipping life whilst honouring the Eucharistic traditions of the churches
  • Is confident in ministry to schools and at ease with the young and their families
  • Has a strong commitment to rural ministry

For further information about the post please contact Revd Jonathan Carmyllie, Area Dean of Whalley – / Tel 01254 824679

The appointing bishop for this post is The Rt Revd Philip North, Bishop of Burnley

For information about the Diocese of Blackburn diocese please use this link

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

An enhanced DBS check will be required

Closing date: Tuesday 2nd July 2019

Interview date: Monday 22nd July 2019 afternoon/evening