Director of the Northern Mission Centre

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c.£40,654.00 dependent on experience

This is a really exciting time in Cumbria. God for All is the name we have

for our vision and strategy to share Christ with everyone in Cumbria

(see It’s an ecumenical strategy, and we seek to ensure

that every person in Cumbria of all ages and backgrounds will have had an

opportunity to discover more of God and God's purpose for their lives, so that

they will discover more of Jesus and the good news and become followers of Jesus within a Christian community. In short we are interested in telling all of Cumbria about the Good News of Jesus and are building a model of mission to support that. We have recently secured funding from the Strategic Development Fund of the Church of England to develop the Reaching Deeper project, of which this Centre is a key part.

This Reaching Deeper project covers three main strands:

  • Embedding Pioneer Practitioner Enablers (PPEs) into urban and coastal estates in three main areas of deprivation – Barrow, Carlisle and the West Coast - targeting particularly young people, to plant and grow new worshipping communities and to encourage new pioneers.
  • A wider pioneering initiative capitalising on the Cumbrian context using the ‘outdoors’ as a means of connecting with children and young people (and often their parents), including through schools and Further and Higher Education.
  • Establishing a Northern Mission Centre to grow and equip lay and ordained pioneer ministers and to promote a more missional approach in our Mission Communities (which are groupings of churches across the region).

In the last four years we have seen the number of Fresh Expressions of Church across Cumbria grow extensively alongside mission-focused church and community groups. Fresh Expressions of Church now include 3,100 people, representing a quarter of total attendance across the Diocese. Using the three strands of Reaching Deeper above, we want to build upon this learning and growth by establishing a Cumbrian model for mission to encourage significant local, context-specific growth across all expressions of church and across all our Mission Communities.

We are seeking someone to come and lead the Northern Mission Centre in Cumbria. This Centre will grow and equip lay and ordained pioneers to participate in God’s mission and nurture a missional approach to all ministry in Cumbria through the Mission Communities. The Northern Centre is being developed in partnership with Church Mission Society (CMS) drawing on their experience in pioneer training.

Based at Church House, Penrith the Northern Mission Centre Director will:

  • Support, grow and equip lay and ordained pioneers to participate in God’s mission in Cumbria
  • Lead the Northern Mission Centre, including teaching and recruitment of students
  • Embed pioneering mission and creative training across the whole of God for All
  • Play an active part in the God for All team and structures
  • Have a mature, committed Christian faith to be able to engage with the breadth of the church in Cumbria

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

Closing date for applications is noon on 27th May 2020

Interviews will be held in Penrith on 10th June 2020

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