The Diocese of Carlisle is committed to the God for All vision (www.godforall.org.uk) and part of that vision is the setting up of Mission Communities. In addition, an exciting Fresh Expression Strategy has led to 3,000 people within the area meeting regularly. God for All is our pro-active response to re-evangelising Cumbria by the formation of around 40 ‘Mission Communities’ across the county to respond to the challenges and opportunities we face. This context has served to focus attention on exploring (and re-discovering) other exciting and innovative models of church life, mission and ministry (lay and ordained, full and part time as well as self-supporting).
An exciting opportunity has arisen to work in the beautiful, rural south west part of Cumbria, most of which lies within the Lake District National Park.
The Benefice of Broughton and Duddon consists of 5 churches, under one PCC, serving the village of Broughton in Furness, Broughton Mills, Ulpha, Seathwaite and Woodland. The Benefice of Kirkby Ireleth is centred around the village of Kirkby-in-Furness. It is intended to join these two benefices together, with one full-time stipendiary priest in charge. There is currently considerable lay ministry involvement to actively support the worship and outreach within the communities. The churches are keen to explore and work with the opportunities offered by the ‘God For All’ initiative, in order to grow personally in the knowledge and love of Jesus and together as congregations. This is an opportunity to develop the active engagement of the local communities, church schools and youth in the life, mission and worship of Jesus Christ.
Please call The Archdeacon of Westmorland and Furness, Vernon Ross for informal chat (015395) 34717.
Completed applications by email to: email@example.com
Deadline: To be Determined
Interviews: To be Determined
A key part of this role will be to bring two benefices together and to enable them to work with the wider Furness Deanery as the God for All strategy is implemented. This will lead to the creation of one or more Mission Communities in the current Furness Deanery. Both Benefices are willing to work together and their first step towards this is the agreed Person Specification.
These are joint responsibilities for lay and ordained Christians. Therefore we should prefer to call them: “Parish Aims & Objectives”
We are an enthusiastic group of churches, wanting to be part of the exciting story of God for All. We want to see greater lay involvement in the mission and ministry of the Church.