Residentiary Canon for Congregational Development

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The Bishop of Leeds, in consultation with the Cathedral Chapter, wishes to appoint a creative and energetic priest to this senior role.

As Canon for Congregational Development, the successful candidate will have primary responsibility for the spiritual and numerical growth of the cathedral congregations and for their pastoral care.

General Role Responsibilities of a Residentiary Canon

  • Full commitment to attending the Daily Offices in the cathedral;
  • Preaching and leading worship, as set out in the published rota;
  • Playing a full part in the life of the diocese, episcopal area and deanery;
  • Full participation in the governance of the cathedral as a member of Chapter;
  • Attendance at meetings of the College of Canons of the Diocese of Leeds;
  • Membership of, or attendance at, Chapter Committees, meetings of the Cathedral Council and the Cathedral Fabric Advisory Committee;
  • Working alongside the Dean and Chief Operating Officer in the day-to-day management of the cathedral.

Role Responsibilities: Canon for Congregational Development
The major areas of responsibility of this post are as follows:

  • To develop the spiritual and numerical growth of the cathedral congregations;
  • To develop a sense of ‘missionary confidence’ in the cathedral congregations;
  • To have oversight of the pastoral care of the cathedral congregations;
  • To have line management responsibility for the (half-time) Community Outreach Officer, (voluntary) Volunteer Coordinator, Cathedral Reader, and the Pastoral Lay Ministers.

The following responsibilities will be integral to undertaking the role:

  • Developing courses for Christian enquiry, exploration, nurture and fellowship;
  • Developing the gifts and talents of the cathedral congregations through teaching and creating opportunities for lay ministry;
  • Developing ministry to the children and young people in the cathedral congregations;
  • Working with the Dean to Identify opportunities for mission and outreach to the city’s business, commercial, retail and FE sectors;
  • Being the first port of call for enquiries about all occasional offices;
  • Developing and growing the work of the Pastoral Lay Ministers;
  • Being the designated Chapter member for Safeguarding;
  • Overseeing arrangements for hospital visits and home communions;
  • Exercising a chaplaincy role with the Mothers Union branch at the Cathedral;
  • In collaboration with the Canon Precentor, overseeing the preparation for Communion before Confirmation and Confirmation Classes;
  • Attending the Cathedral Community Committee which meets three or four times a year and acts as a link between Chapter and the cathedral congregations.

Please see the attached information pack for more details.

To be considered for the role of Canon for Congregational Development, it is essential that you:

  • Are a priest of the Church of England, of a member church of the Anglican Communion, or of a church in full communion with the Church of England, who have been in holy orders for at least 6 years;
  • Hold a Degree or equivalent professional qualification with supporting evidence of continuing ministerial development;
  • Are committed to upholding the Guidelines for the Professional Conduct of the Clergy;
  • Are a ‘mission-shaped’ person of prayer, theologically articulate, an engaging and articulate preacher and attentive to your own spiritual life;
  • Are a leader of people, with the ability to influence, inspire and engage; confident and secure in the additional perspectives you will bring to any discussion; willing to be held accountable and to hold others to account; and regard team-working as the norm;
  • Are an experienced pastor with a track- record of growing regular worshippers in faith and in numbers;
  • Can demonstrate an ability to line-manage colleagues and invest in their professional development;
  • Are alive to the potential for Cathedrals in mission, value the ethos of cathedral liturgy, are committed to corporate prayer in the Daily Offices, and are enthusiastic about the quest for excellence in every aspect of the ministry of the Cathedral;
  • Are numerate in Governing Body level financial decision-making and competent in the management of a budget;
  • Have a good working knowledge of ICT, social media, electronic diary and are entirely comfortable with digital technology;
  • Hold a current driving licence;
  • Have excellent communication skills, both written and oral;
  • Have an ability to manage a complex workload with competing demands.

And desirable that you:

  • Have exercised a significant leadership role in the Church, whether in a parish, diocese or cathedral, or in some other capacity;
  • Have experience of working on, or with, a Board of Trustees or Governing Body.

Please see the attached information pack for more details.

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This is a time of great opportunity both for the young and diverse Diocese of Leeds and for Wakefield Cathedral. Under the leadership of Bishop Nick Baines the Diocese of Leeds has recently committed itself to a five-year strategy, 'Maturing in Christ', which will enable us to progress towards the diocesan vision: 'Confident Christians, Growing Churches, Transforming Communities'. As one of the three cathedrals of the diocese,
Wakefield Cathedral is ideally placed to support the Bishop in working towards this vision: our building, situated at the heart of the city, has been magnificently refurbished and the Cathedral Chapter is now beginning to develop a fresh strategic mission plan that will enable us to make the most of the missionary potential of our congregations and our building. The new Canon for Congregational Development will play a key leadership role in enabling this potential to be realised.