Canon Residentiary at Chester Cathedral with special responsibility for Worship and Spirituality

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The person appointed will be paid according to the Church Commissioners’ recommended rates for a Commissioners’ Canon.

Chester Cathedral is seeking a Canon for Worship and Spirituality – A priest with at least six years in holy orders who will play a full part in the work of the Cathedral Chapter and Leadership Team, and especially hold the brief for the liturgical and spiritual formation of the Cathedral community, leading those who resource, lead and contribute to worship.

Our Application Pack, available to download at: outlines much wider the Canon Residentiary role.

To apply for the role, please complete the Application Form (also accessed using the link above) and return it to – or post to 9 Abbey Square, CHESTER CH1 2HU

PLEASE NOTE: Applications should be made as detailed above via the Cathedral website and not through Pathways.

The closing date for applications is Friday 27 January 2023.
Shortlisting will take place late-January, with interviews scheduled for mid-late February.


As a Residentiary Canon:
• To provide motivational and inspirational leadership whilst also being a strong team player among colleagues and within Chapter
• To support the flourishing of the Cathedral in its connections to all its stakeholders, especially those who are not presently engaged with the Church
• To attend the daily offices of Morning and Evening Prayer, unless taking a rest day, holiday or away on other duties
• To lead and preach regularly in the Cathedral’s services
• To attend and contribute to Cathedral Leadership Team and Ministry Team meetings
• To attend the Cathedral Chapter as a member and the Mission Committee meetings as an executive officer
• To take a share of being in residence which is normally allocated quarterly as an equal pro-rata share between all residentiary clergy on a whole-week-at-a-time basis
• To undertake annual Professional Development Reviews with the Dean who is the line manager, and to attend regular line management meetings

With specific responsibility for Worship and Spirituality:
• To oversee congregational development and spiritual formation enabling the Cathedral to be a vibrant and relevant resource to other churches in the diocese and to the Bishop as well as being a place of DISCOVERY, ENCOUNTER and FAITH in Chester city centre
• To reflect with colleagues, theologically and liturgically, about worship and to facilitate a collective understanding of the principles guiding the design of service
• To work with the Cathedral’s Education Officer, Sunday School leaders and others who have experience in work with young families and older teenagers to develop worship opportunities that reach demographics who find it difficult to relate to the Cathedral’s more formal styles
• To further the Cathedral’s practice of being open to all traditions within the Church of England and to reflect this in liturgy which embodies dignity, warmth, excellence and variety
• To prepare rotas and schemes for worship and music in the Cathedral in full consultation with colleagues in a way that promotes care and demonstrates sensitivity to each other’s overlapping responsibilities, skills and needs
• To work with the Bishop of Chester and the Bishop’s Office in consultation with the Dean and the Events Team on Episcopal and Diocesan services and be a liturgical resource to the diocese, clergy and parishes and to promote good practice in worship
• To ensure that the Cathedral’s Safeguarding policies, especially in the way they relate to the choir, liturgical volunteers and services, are adhered to, kept up-to-date and that new members of teams are fully trained
• To provide direction to officiating clergy (subject to the Constitution and Statutes) in liturgical practice consonant with the Cathedral’s liturgical tradition
• To grow an understanding amongst those who facilitate worship about how the Cathedral’s AV installations and online resources can be used and developed further to support both the in-person
and virtual congregations and to assist the Tech Team to deliver this
• To support the Cathedral’s Liturgy and Music Departments, including the line-management and annual Professional Development Review of the Director of Music; and to ensure the effective supervision of the staff members who he in turn line-manages
• To work closely with all the Cathedral’s musicians and to demonstrate good musical literacy whilst doing so
• To work with volunteer groups including volunteer chaplains, vergers, stewards, servers, readers, intercessors, ‘Keeping in Touch’ team, bell ringers, flower arrangers and textile volunteers and to meet with the Team Leaders regularly to provide management and accountability
• To prepare people who come for special services, guiding them and arranging their order and seating
• To maintain a bank of liturgical material for use in Cathedral services and in the planning of special services
• To maintain the capacity and resilience to enjoy and withstand the rapid and demanding pace of life and work in a large city centre cathedral

The person appointed will be able to demonstrate the following skills and experience:
• A person of vibrant and Christ-centred faith able to communicate the Gospel in a credible, articulate and embodied way
• A lively, disciplined and rich life of prayer and worship which values the Daily Office but is open to the breadth of the contemporary Church of England
• Experience and enthusiasm to empower all God’s people to develop their faith and discipleship
• Having served at least six years’ in holy orders and be a priest with both a head and a heart for liturgy, musically capable but not necessarily an ‘expert’
• An instinctive heart for mission and is excited about the opportunities cathedrals have today to connect to a wide range of people
• Familiarity with a wide range of contemporary liturgical and musical styles and willing to work with all church traditions across the Diocese of Chester and in the wider oikumene
• Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills
• Ability to work flexibly and as part of a team being a genuine team player who can give and receive constructive observation and help all to realise their full potential and who can instil confidence in others
• Able to work calmly and effectively under pressure and to tight deadlines when required
• A proven and engaging preacher able to adapt to different occasions and contexts and who values the priority of preaching and study of scripture and theology
• Clear thinking, with IT and administrative ability and experience in managing a budget
• Willing to learn, grow and change under God in the joys and challenges of Cathedral ministry and leadership