Associate Vicar of Hull Minster

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The Bishop of Hull and Vicar of Hull Minster is seeking to appoint an Associate Vicar with special responsibility for mission

NOTE: Currently this opportunity is only available to clergy already serving within the Diocese of York

Hull Minster is no ordinary church. It sits at the heart of the city and combines a vibrant parish life with a civic ministry larger than some cathedrals. As a Minster it seeks to both reach out across the city but also retains a particular concern for its highly deprived parish. Since being given the title ‘Minster’ during the City of Culture in 2017, it has established a high profile within the City and there is much affection for it by people across Hull and the region. The church has established a reputation for being creative and innovative in the way it approaches this breadth of ministry and.

Into this context, an Associate Vicar is to be appointed who will be tasked with maximising the missional opportunities of the Minster’s ministry. The Associate will themselves be a significant presence in the City Centre, combining their chaplaincy and evangelistic skills as they engage with the shops, businesses and cultural activities. They will also bear a particular responsibility for leading our ministry to reach younger adults and families. It is expected that the person appointed will be a natural networker, bold in their approach and with a track record for getting things done. People in Hull tend to be quite direct in their approach to life – the successful candidate will thrive in such a place.

The purpose of the role is to bring a chaplaincy presence in city, with a remit to creatively and missionally engage with events and exhibitions hosted by the Minster

The primary responsibilities for the role are:

  • To take a lead in finding missional opportunities around the cultural events hosted by the Minster.
  • To lead in ministry amongst younger adults and families.
  • To be a chaplain to the City Centre shops, businesses and cultural organisations.
  • Lead and develop chaplaincy and volunteering within the Minster.

With more general responsibilities being:

• Regular presiding and preaching at services.

• Assisting with the usual routines of parish life, including regular attendance at the daily office, Clergy Chapter, funerals, home communions, ministry in schools and pastoral care.

• Participation in the life of the PCC and Minster staff team, including appropriate sub-committees.

• To be an effective and generous contributor to the life of the Deanery

We are looking for a priest who will be :

• A creative person alert to missionary opportunities in the city.

• A person with a desire and ability to share and lead others to faith in Christ.

• A strong communicator able to professionally network and engage with ordinary people.

• A track record of engaging creatively with the wider community beyond the Church.

• A team player with the ability to work with professional colleagues and volunteers.

• A respect for the breadth and rhythms of the Church of England with an openness to what God might be doing in new ways.

The post is open to Priests of the Church of England women or men, who have been ordained for at least 3 years. The successful candidate will ideally be expecting to stay in post for at least 5 years.

We know parish ministry can be demanding and we are committed to support you practically and in prayer. There is a team of ordained and lay colleagues some of whom are paid, many of whom are not, but all are committed to being good and supportive colleagues.

Timings for the Appointment

The circumstances around the purchasing and modification of the accommodation means that the successful candidate will not be able to start until late in 2021.

If you would like to have an informal conversation about this post, please contact the Vicar or Hull Minster, Revd Dominic Black 07445 395806 and/or the Archdeacon of the East Riding, Ven Andy Broom 01482 881659.

The Diocese of York

The Diocese of York takes in much of North and East Yorkshire, including the cities of York, Hull and Middlesbrough, and two National Parks. Extending from the River Tees to the River Humber, and from around the A1 road to the incomparable Yorkshire coast, the area is home to around 1.4 million people.

We are a family of 579 churches and 125 schools in 442 parishes, led and guided in their faith and work by the Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell. York Minster is our principal church and cathedral.

The appointment of a new Archbishop of York has encouraged the reshaping of the Diocesan vision and examination of our priorities. We are determined to become a simpler, bolder, humbler and more diverse church of missionary disciples which is Christ centred and Jesus shaped, ensuring in partnership with other churches that there is a Christian witness in every community. We wish to be a people who are ‘Living Christ’s Story.’

We are bringing fresh energy and focus to our strategic goals: to Become more like Christ, to Reach those we currently don't; to Grow churches of missionary disciples, and to Transform our finances and structures. Our approach is aligned with a commitment to the best of our parochial inheritance and to the poorest communities, and to the financial realities we face.

Our official website can be found here:

Appointment is subject to a satisfactory Enhanced DBS disclosure.

Unfortunately it is not always straightforward for clergy from overseas to be appointed to posts in the Church of England. The policy of the UK Border Agency is that normally the organisation making an appointment has been able to prove that it is impossible to appoint a person who is a national of a European Economic Area country, before a visa giving permission to work will be issued to a person who comes from elsewhere.

Closing date: Monday 21 June

Interview date: Friday 23 July