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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 Missioner, the successful candidate will have primary responsibility for developing the mission and outreach of Wakefield Cathedral and the pastoral care of its congregations.
I would be very happy to have an informal conversation about this exciting role. Please arrange a telephone appointment by contacting the cathedral office on 01924 373923 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The closing date for application is 12.00 on Friday 4th September 2020. Interviews will take place in Wakefield on Monday 05 October 2020.
The Very Revd Simon Cowling
Dean of Wakefield
Please return your completed application form to:
Mrs Bev Howes
PA to the Dean
8-10 Westmorland Street
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The successful candidate will be one of the two full-time Residentiary Canons of Wakefield Cathedral who are funded by the Church Commissioners. Working under the leadership of the Dean, the Canon Missioner will be a full member of the Cathedral Chapter with Trustee responsibility. S/he will have overall responsibility at Wakefield Cathedral for the pastoral needs, spiritual development and numerical growth of our various congregations, and be first responder for occasional offices. The Canon Missioner will also be expected to discern and establish a number of newer areas of ministry, growth and outreach. S/he will directly line manage our Community Outreach Officer and will work collaboratively with the Canon Precentor who has overall responsibility for cathedral worship.
The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate exemplary team working skills, a deep commitment to daily worship and have the capacity and willingness to work flexibly. S/he will be able to demonstrate strong organisational and interpersonal skills and well-developed personal management skills; s/he will be creative, energetic, open and collaborative, helping to ensure that the Cathedral can be a place where those exploring, or wishing to grow in, the Christian faith can be most effectively supported. The successful candidate will be expected to have a strong work ethic that welcomes the challenges and demands of a busy Cathedral. As the team at Wakefield Cathedral is comparatively small, s/he will also expect to have to work in areas of the cathedral’s ministry that lie outside the primary responsibilities of the post.
This post-holder will be directly responsible to the Dean. In addition, s/he will be answerable to the governance structures of the Cathedral through the Chapter, the Council and the College of Canons.
The major areas of responsibility of this post are as follows:
The following responsibilities will be integral to undertaking the role:
Person Specification: E = essential; D = desirable;
To be considered for the role of Canon Missioner you will need to demonstrate that you:
Introduction: Wakefield Cathedral and its context
God has been worshipped at the heart of Wakefield for over a thousand years, though the present building dates from the middle of the twelfth century. When the Diocese of Wakefield was created in 1888 the Parish Church of All Saints became the Cathedral Church for the new diocese and Wakefield was elevated to city status. Following the establishment of the West Riding County Council in 1889 Wakefield became the county town. Wakefield benefits from some distinguished civic architecture as a result.
In common with other post-industrial towns and cities, Wakefield has faced considerable economic and social challenges in recent decades. Alongside these challenges new opportunities have arisen. The city and district are home to two cultural institutions of international significance - the West Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the Hepworth Gallery — and there is a thriving local arts scene.
Wakefield College offers an impressive range of courses at all levels up to and including Foundation Degrees, and a new Creative and Performing Arts College is due to open at some point in the next year. The local Business Improvement District has been active in supporting retail and commercial enterprises in the city and there is an active Civic Society which has done a huge amount to raise awareness of, and pride in, local heritage. The cathedral has developed excellent relationships with all these institutions and organisations and we are well respected for our commitment to developing the common good in partnership with all sectors of society. This commitment is beginning to bear particular fruit in discussions about plans for the regeneration of Wakefield City Centre in which the cathedral is seen as a key asset and with which we will have a significant involvement.
Wakefield Cathedral is one of three mother churches for the Diocese of Leeds, the other two being at Bradford and Ripon. Although each cathedral sits within one of the five episcopal areas of the diocese, we all serve the mission of the diocese as a whole, working closely and collegially. All three Deans are members of the Bishop’s Senior Staff Team and of Diocesan Synod and each cathedral has its own honorary canons who are all members of the College of Canons of the whole diocese. Because of the contrasting but complementary nature of our contexts we are able to respond to the remarkable diversity of the diocese in a way that allows cathedral ministry to be owned and valued by parishes in urban, suburban, estate, rural and market town settings. Our spread of geographical location has also enabled the three cathedrals to play a major part in enabling and sustaining the momentum and enthusiasm for mission that has characterised the Diocese of Leeds since its creation in 2014.