Canon Pastor

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Ripon Cathedral
Office Holder

The Bishop of Leeds in consultation with the Dean of Ripon

wishes to appoint a collaborative and motivational leader as Canon Pastor

whose responsibilities are to lead on:

Church Growth;

Pastoral Care;

Safeguarding.

The Canon Pastor will be a Residentiary Canon

and a member of the Cathedral Chapter.

The post holder will be a talented leader, possessing the ability to inspire

and influence, encourage and support whilst contributing to the vision and mission

of the Cathedral and the wider Diocese.

Thank you for showing interest in the role of Canon Pastor at Ripon Cathedral.

As is clear from the role description and person specification, this is a post in which the person with the right skills could make a significant difference to the life of this Cathedral and through it to the wider Diocese and region. It is also a role in which a future church leader could develop further.

The Bishop of Leeds in consultation with the Dean of Ripon wishes to appoint a collaborative and motivational leader as Canon Pastor whose role will promote church growth and pastoral care at the Cathedral.

The Canon Pastor will be a Residentiary Canon and a member of the Cathedral Chapter, thereby a trustee of the Cathedral.

Amongst their responsibilities will be the development of programmes of numerical and spiritual growth for existing and new Cathedral congregations and the development of the provision of excellent pastoral care for the communities of the Cathedral and its parish. The Canon Pastor will be the safeguarding lead for the Chapter.

The post holder will be a talented leader, possessing the ability to inspire and influence, encourage and support whilst contributing to the vision and mission of the Cathedral and the wider Diocese.

Title of Position: Canon Pastor

Responsible for: Church growth and pastoral care

Responsible to: The Dean of Ripon

Set within the Anglican Diocese of Leeds, Ripon Cathedral, with its sister cathedrals in Bradford and Wakefield, is a seat for the Bishop of Leeds and a mother church for this richly diverse region which includes West Yorkshire and a high proportion of North Yorkshire. At home in our vast and beautiful rural hinterland, we are here for all, whether Christian or not, whether sharing a religious faith or not. Believing that Christ longs for fullness of life for everyone, we strive to help make this a reality for all who become a part of Ripon Cathedral.

If you think that God may be calling you to this ministry, I can assure you that Ripon is a wonderful small city in which to live. It is set at the heart of one of the most beautiful regions of this country with the blessing of a delightful Cathedral building and strong community.

Dean John

General Responsibilities

· To be active members of Chapter and the Senior Management Team, taking corporate responsibility for the governance and management of the Cathedral.

· To help ensure that the Cathedral’s mission is accessible and inclusive, that the Cathedral is a safe environment, and that it is a welcoming place to all.

· To be a visible, strong, and inspirational leader, who will inspire high standards of mission and pastoral care in the life of the Cathedral and beyond, taking all opportunities to promote the Christian faith in their work.

· To be part of the one College of Canons of the three Cathedrals of the Diocese.

· To attend and/or lead committees and working groups as required by the Dean and Chapter.

· To participate in a rota for Canon in Residence.

· To share in the ministry for the Cathedral through high standards of preaching and providing opportunities for spiritual growth.

· To share in the provision of pastoral care to our regular congregations, community, pilgrims, and visitors.

· To strengthen a culture in which disciples can be made and grow, and in which vocations towards ordained and lay ministries are fostered.

· To have regular one-to-one meetings with the Dean, attend regular meetings of the Dean and Residentiary Canons, and to liaise regularly with other colleagues and stakeholders.

· To foster a sense of common purpose and co-operation between colleagues and departments within the Cathedral.

· Where appropriate, to be involved in networks of the wider church in their specialist areas.

· To work collaboratively with people, including Chapter colleagues and senior lay staff; to implement the strategic plan for the Cathedral; and to contribute to ensuring that there are sufficient resources to implement such plans.

· To ensure that all our work is accessible to everyone and, adhering to national best practice in safeguarding, ensure that we are a safe and welcoming place to all.

Main responsibilities for the Canon Pastor

· To be a visible, strong and inspirational leader, who will inspire high standards of mission and pastoral care throughout the life of the Cathedral and take all opportunities to promote the Christian faith in their work.

· To work collaboratively with people, including Chapter colleagues and senior lay staff; to implement the strategic plans for pastoral care and church growth; and to contribute to ensuring that there are sufficient resources to implement such plans.

· To develop and manage the delivery of a programme for the numerical and spiritual growth of the Cathedral congregations.

· To chair and lead the PCC through its transition to the Cathedral Growth Committee, which will represent the Cathedral congregation.

· To be an active member of the Parish Growth Committee, which covers all centres of worship in the parish, under the chairmanship of the Dean.

· To take a full part in all Cathedral parish matters and report back to the Dean and Chapter on this work.

· To be an active member of the Cathedral Community Connections (C3) Committee, helping the volunteers to develop the Cathedral’s work with our local charity partners.

· To manage the significant Occasional Office ministry of the Cathedral.

· To take the lead in and develop the capacity for the pastoral care of the Cathedral’s parish, congregations and community, line-managing and working with the Lay Pastoral Minister.

· To develop more opportunities for the nurturing of disciples of all ages in ways that are appropriate for the Cathedral congregations.

· To take the lead in developing children’s and youth work in the Cathedral, playing a full part in the programme and line-management of the Children and Youth Officer, and in oversight of Little Children’s Church and Children’s Church in the Cathedral.

· To work with the schools within the parish and be willing to act as governor at the Ripon Cathedral Primary School.

· To strengthen a culture in which vocations towards ordained and lay ministries are fostered.

· To be responsible, with the Dean, for the ministry of readers within the Cathedral.

· To take the lead on all matters relating to safeguarding, ensuring that there are systems in place to implement national requirements and to develop a culture where safeguarding is ‘everybody’s business’. The Canon Pastor is a member of the Cathedral Safeguarding Committee and reports regularly to both it and to Chapter.

· To be an active member of the Ripon Deanery

Experience

· To have been ordained for at least six years.

· To have a track record of strategic leadership and successful delivery.

· To have a track record of providing pastoral care and overseeing systems of pastoral care.

· To have a track record of growing churches spiritually and numerically.

· To have a track record of building partnerships within and outside the church.

· To have demonstrable experience in managing change.

· To have experience of working in teams and of leading them.

· To have an ability to relate well to people of differing church traditions and spiritualities and to our sister churches.

Knowledge

· To be able to demonstrate a theological understanding of mission and community engagement.

· To have a comprehensive understanding of national safeguarding policies and procedures.

· To have an understanding of financial systems and budgets.

Skills

· To be able to enthuse and inspire others.

· To be a confident and considered preacher and teacher, able to articulate the Gospel effectively to a wide range of people at all levels of society.

· To possess highly effective interpersonal and pastoral skills.

· To have an understanding of the Church of England which is shaped by experience and reflection.

· To have the ability to work collaboratively with clergy and lay colleagues, both staff and volunteers, so helping to develop a strong team culture.

· To demonstrate leadership skills and be open to further learning and development.

· To have the flexibility to add value as an active member of a dynamic team.

· To be comfortable in situations of ambiguity and complexity.

· To be an effective communicator who is creative and imaginative, able to listen, converse and influence at all levels of interaction, from one-to-one meetings to large gatherings.

· To possess strong administrative skills and a competent level of computer literacy.

· To hold a current driving licence.

Ripon Cathedral has a history stretching back almost fourteen centuries. Throughout this time it has offered an unbroken tradition of witness to the Christian faith, both in the city of Ripon and across the region. The Canon Pastor will play a key role in the development of the Cathedral’s mission at an exciting time of development. Ripon Minster was founded by St Wilfrid, who brought craftsmen from the continent to build a new stone church dedicated to St Peter, in 672 AD. Remarkably the Anglo-Saxon crypt from Wilfrid’s church survives. It is the oldest built fabric of all England’s cathedrals. The Minster church became a Cathedral when Ripon Diocese was created in 1836.

The Cathedral has a clear strategy to take its mission and ministry forward within the Diocese of Leeds, in which it is one of three cathedrals. The Cathedral is also a parish church at the heart of its local community and we wish to appoint the full-time Residentiary Canon Pastor to take the lead in growing the congregations, nurturing new and long-standing disciples, and providing pastoral care. This includes ensuring that there is a suitable provision of pastoral care for the whole Cathedral community.

The Parish of Ripon Cathedral and Littlethorpe encompasses about two-thirds of Ripon, and has a population of about 10,000.

The Dean is the incumbent of the Cathedral Parish and of three other parishes within the wider Cathedral benefice.

In addition to the Cathedral’s worshipping community, there are three others in the parish. Littlethorpe is a small village, close to but distinct from Ripon with its own church and church committee. Its church of St. Michael & All Angels has weekly services and a loyal congregation served by a rota of retired priests and Cathedral Readers. The Almshouse Trust manages the fabric of the two almshouses and the chapels of St Mary Magdalen and St John the Baptist Bondgate. These have small regular Sunday congregations.

There are various parish structures that work alongside the Cathedral structures. The Canon Pastor will chair the PCC, helping it to strengthen the mission of the Cathedral and facilitating the changes necessary to replace the PCC with a new Chapter Committee in its stead, as part of the implementation of the Cathedrals Measure 2021.

Ripon Cathedral is within the Deanery of Ripon. The Canon Pastor takes the lead in representing the Cathedral at the meetings of Deanery Chapter and Deanery Synod. The Canon Pastor will thereby play an important role with colleagues in contributing to the life and development of Ripon Deanery.

Thank you for showing interest in the role of Canon Pastor at Ripon Cathedral.

As is clear from the role description and person specification, this is a post in which the person with the right skills could make a significant difference to the life of this Cathedral and through it to the wider Diocese and region. It is also a role in which a future church leader could develop further.

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