The Lord Chancellor as Patron is looking to appoint a dynamic, creative and strategic priest as Team Rector.
The Leominster Team expresses the diversity of the Kingdom of God. Each of the churches across our parishes is a welcoming and inclusive space, broadly traditional without being stodgy, and a valued part of civic and community life. We include ancient farming communities and a significant working market town, and are home to families who have been here for generations and those who have recently arrived – whether those from other parts of Europe to work on our many farms or those who have relocated or retired here, sometimes to a second home. We include one of the few pockets of deprivation in Herefordshire and some areas of relative affluence. Our church congregations reflect this diversity.
We are committed to equal opportunities and diversity in Hereford Diocese and welcome applications from all suitably qualified clergy. As United Kingdom Minority Ethnic (UKME) individuals are currently under-represented within our Diocese – we would particularly welcome applications from these candidates.
The post of Team Rector is a significant one. It combines ‘vicar of Leominster’ with strategic oversight of the other parishes and their two stipendiary team vicars and the lay people and PTOs who support them, and presents an exciting opportunity for joint ministry which the successful candidate will be expected to review.
The Team Rector serves as ex officio foundation governor at Ivington C of E (VA) School and Dilwyn Free School and as chaplain at Leominster Hospital, and plays a significant part in the civic life of the town. In addition to the Priory, Leominster has Methodist, Catholic, Moravian and Baptist Churches, and there are active Churches Together groups in Leominster and the wider team; the Team Rector is expected to embrace and actively support the team’s ecumenical approach.
Leominster Priory is the mother church of the team, historically having been both monastery and minster church for the area. Today it is a member of Inclusive Church (as are many others in the team) and welcomes everyone joyfully and without discrimination. It offers a strong choral Eucharistic tradition and a broad range of creative approaches to worship, including Messy Church. The Priory encourages the involvement of laity in all ministries, is theologically and socially liberal, and plays a role in the town’s civic life that is widely appreciated.
The Team Rector plays a strategic role across the team, sharing good practice (e.g. in our public worship and schools work), and empowering and equipping the team vicars and lay leaders to lead worship, exercise pastoral care, and show God’s love to all in their communities.
In short, essential qualities are
✓ an approach symbolised by outstretched arms: welcoming, inclusive, Eucharistic, hospitable, non-judgmental and accessible;
✓ an inquisitive mind: actively listening and learning, with the humility and willingness to ‘meet people where they are’ and be alert to God’s surprises, and an intelligence which prioritises the ‘strategic’ over the ‘intellectual’;
✓ an energetic leadership style which inspires and casts a vision, is organised and can delegate, and which values the team’s existing strengths and approaches to ministry and mission, actively nurturing opportunities for connection and vocation.
The new Team Rector will also
✓ affirm every person without discrimination, including their talents, contributions and needs;
✓ understand and embrace the dynamics of a multi-parish setting and the challenges and opportunities of rural parishes;
✓ actively promote and encourage spiritual and numerical growth across the team;
✓ appreciate, identify and support the vocations of PCC members, lay leaders or Readers from all walks of life;
✓ be a good communicator, visible in town and village life, comfortable with a range of styles;
✓ have the humour and energy to embolden a culture of discipleship.