Rector: Elmton with Creswell and Whitwell with Steetley

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High St, Whitwell

2020 is an exciting year to join Derby Diocese.

There is a sense of anticipation as we all work together with our recently appointed Diocesan Bishop, the Rt. Rev’d Libby Lane, towards a clear vision for the Diocese, its churches, congregations and communities.

The new Rector of this United Benefice will be able to be a part of this, joining a welcoming and strong Chapter, a Deanery with a clear identity and willingness to work together, and churches who know there are challenging times ahead but are committed to see their churches grow in every way.

he Priest we are looking for

This position offers a challenging opportunity for a Priest to nurture and develop the spiritual life of our congregations and enable growth. We hope this person will:

  • Deepen and strengthen our love of God
  • Be both a teacher and a leader who has an earnest concern for people to know Jesus and who will work towards nurturing and growing disciples
  • Enable growth in every way
  • Work with us to lower the age profile of our worshipping community
  • Be open to introducing new styles of worship whilst being sensitive to the needs of our existing worshipping community
  • Have a pastoral heart for the congregation and sensitivity towards our differences
  • Have an ability to enthuse others
  • Recognise the gifts, talents, strengths and calling of our Church family
  • Look for ways of reaching out to the residents moving into the new housing developments within our Benefice (approx. 950 houses in planning)
  • Sense God is calling them to this post

In return we will:

  • Pray for you and with you
  • Protect and respect your days off and holidays
  • Support and encourage you in your ministry
  • Work with you to develop our outreach into the communities we serve
  • Be prepared to change
  • Share the burden of administration
  • Pay your expenses in full

We are looking for a new Rector who:

  • Will deepen and strengthen our love of God and each other
  • Has an earnest concern for people of all ages to know Jesus
  • Will encourage us to grow in every way

We are two parishes with four churches who:

  • Are Eucharistic in tradition
  • Committed to working with and in our communities
  • Want help in developing and growing our united vision

Interview dates: 22/04/2020 or 05/05/2020

Closing date: 27th March

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

The Benefice is located in a semi-rural area of North East Derbyshire that was once reliant on coal mining but now the local population mainly commute to the local towns of Chesterfield, Worksop and Mansfield. We are surrounded by beautiful countryside with easy access to the M1 motorway to the west and the A1 to the east and are within easy reach of the Peak District National Park. The World Heritage site of Creswell Crags is located within the Benefice. Clumber Park (National Trust) is just a short drive away.

The four Churches are in good order and the Church family is about 96 strong with 50-70 communicants on Sundays. We became a United Benefice in March 2018.