Vicar to the Benefice of the Western Dales

Posted 26 days agoExpires in 1 month
Office Holder

The Western Dales Mission Community are seeking a new ordained Anglican leader Who can work with a gifted and talented team in this beautiful part of Cumbria which lies within the Yorkshire Dales National park.

Are you?

A leader with a passion for rural ministry, committed to spreading the good news of the Kingdom of God and who has a heart for the growth of our churches?

A team player who will work ecumenically?

Someone who will enable the Mission Community to equip themselves more effectively for mission in line with our new County Vision.

Someone who values lifelong learning for all and has a desire to make and nurture Disciples?

A collaborative leader who wants to make a difference?

Do you have a vision for a flourishing church that is genuinely a Mixed Ecology of Inherited Church and Fresh Expressions?

This is an exciting opportunityto join a
group of diverse churches who have a
passion and vision to see God's kingdom
grow in this stunning part of the Yorkshire
Dales National Park. Sedbergh, the largest
town in the Park, nestles in the leafy dales
overlooked by the Howgill Hills described
by Wainwright as Sleeping Elephants. It is
an area of many contrasts as are the
people who live here.
We are looking for someone who can
empathise with this glorious mixture of the
land and the living, and who will enjoy
working closely with our Pioneer Minister
and our ecumenical partners. We seek a
person who has a flexible approach to life,
who is adaptable and will be enthused by
the challenges that ministry in this
widespread Benefice offers.
As part of the Western Dales Mission
Community the newly formed Benefice's
aim is to be the leading light in the
ecumenical designs of the Diocese. A wish
that needs a strong and determined leader
with boundless enthusiasm.

To serve as an ordained minister in the Mission Community and Anglican Benefice and URC Community of the Western Dales

Having regard to the calling and responsibilities of the clergy as described in the Canons, the Ordinal, the Guidelines for the Professional Conduct of the Clergy and other relevant legislation in terms of

  • To share with the Bishop and other Ecumenical Leaders both in the cure of souls and in responsibility, under God, for growing the kingdom in this parish / these parishes, with the expectancy that the post holder will be appropriately authorised by Anglican
  • To work with the PCC and the Mission Community Leadership team towards addressing the key issues as described in the parish profile, these include both a building and a mission strategy.
  • Review those needs with the PCC on a regular basis and Church Councils with its identified needs and priorities.
  • To enable the churches to grow as a mission community by identifying key mission and evangelistic opportunities that can be addressed through the churches and parishes working together.

To enable the Mission Community to equip themselves more effectively for mission in Line with our new county vision and it’s 4 main themes. ‘Tread Gently, Follow Daily , Care Deeply, Speak Boldly’

To enable and encourage further development of this Mission Community as a place where genuine mixed ecology of Church both Fresh Expressions and Inherited flourish and grow.

  • To grow and make disciples of Jesus

  • To work with colleagues and Ordained Pioneer Minister (Dent) in the Mission and Ministry as opportunities arise and as resources will require.
  • To ensure that a high standard of worship, preaching and pastoral care is provided.
  • To further develop Lay and Self-Supporting ministry and leadership
  • To proclaim the gospel in word and deed as an agent of God’s purpose and love.
  • To serve the community in the parish(es) , bringing to the Church the needs and hopes of all the people.
  • To work collaboratively and ecumenically within the Deanery, and Area as well as in the Mission Community both in current mission and ministry and in the reshaping of ministry as resources and opportunities will require.
  • To attend the clergy training events, chapter and ministerial meetings, Deanery synods and other meetings as appropriate.
  • To participate fully in the Ministerial Development Review scheme and undertake MDR regularly and as needed or required by the Bishop
  • It is expected that the post holder will take up the mission community leaders role after their first 3 months in post.
  • This Role Description will be reviewed at 12 months by the Strategy Development officer in consultation with the post holder and relevant denominational leaders.

A team player to work alongside the local denominations to encourage
the Mission Community. We are blessed with a pioneer minister for the
Western Dales who has recently joined the Ministry Team. She is helping
to minister to families and the farming community.
An innovator to encourage and support the vision as we move forward.
Also to bring together and share liturgical traditions and music as we
worship together.
A person of prayer who will encourage us all to pray and hear what God
has for our Church in the future
Someone with a grasp of the way forward for the Church in this modern

A person who can motivate those who work within the Community.
A person who can work with the elderly, with families, young people and
Who has a listening ear and can give guidance and encouragement
through the preaching of the gospel
An interest in fostering talents, gifts and spiritual development.

We hope you have enjoyed this introduction to the Western
Dales Benefice. Should you wish to find out more and would
like to visit us please contact: Tony Reed Screen on 015396 21081
or who will arrange a visit.

Link to the Diocese of Carlisle website