Canon for Congregational Discipleship and Nurture

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The Archbishop of York, advised by the Dean and Chapter, is seeking to appoint an energetic, inspiring and compassionate Canon for Congregational Discipleship and Nurture who will thrive in the cathedral setting of York Minster.

Inspired by our mission of ‘Living Christ’s Story’ and our values of trust, wisdom, courage and humility, you will work to support, develop and grow the life and witness of the many congregations in the Minster. You will serve as pastoral ‘first responder’, Chapter Clergy Safeguarding Lead and spearhead the realisation of our commitment to inclusion.

This is a senior position requiring demonstrable leadership and governance skills in order to contribute effectively as both a member of the Senior Executive Team and also as a Residentiary Canon and Chapter Trustee. A commitment to and experience of working as part of a team will be essential for the person appointed to this position.

The closing date for applications is 9am on Monday 27 February 2023. A two-day selection event is scheduled for Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 March 2023.

For any queries, please contact Jane Coope, Head of People, via who can direct your query appropriately.

Any appointment will also be subject to references and enhanced DBS check.

In collaboration with colleagues, both ordained and not ordained:

  • Develop a strategic programme of welcome and hospitality to create an environment in which the Minster community will flourish.
  • Support, develop and grow the life and witness of the Minster congregations, reflecting Chapter’s stated commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Oversee the delivery of pastoral care and the occasional offices of the Church of England, both to regular worshippers and to staff and volunteers, and ensuring that appropriate pastoral care is also available to visitors (including oversight of the duty day chaplains).
  • Create meaningful pathways of belonging and discipleship in a complex environment.
  • Oversee and develop ministry to and for children and young families within the regular worshipping life of the Minster.
  • Working strategically with chaplains and others to support and develop ministry to students and young adults across the city.
  • On behalf of Chapter, be the Clergy Safeguarding Lead.

Governance (Trustee) Responsibilities are to:

  • Order the worship and promote the mission of the Cathedral.
  • Formulate proposals in connection with the strategic direction and mission of the Cathedral.
  • Manage all property vested in the Cathedral and the income accruing from it.
  • Ensure that necessary repairs and maintenance of the Cathedral and its contents and other buildings and monuments are carried out.
  • Attend to all matters concerning the appointment of senior staff to the Cathedral.
  • Prepare an annual budget.
  • Prepare an annual report and accounts.
  • Keep under review the Constitution and Statutes of the Cathedral.
  • Ensure legal and regulatory compliance.
  • Exercise the power if necessary to provide for the incorporation of limited companies for the better management of the Cathedral.
  • Act as an advocate for the Chapter of York within and beyond the Church of England, across the city, the Deanery and the Diocese of York and the wider Northern Province.
  • Provide critical friendship and constructive challenge to Chapter colleagues, the Chief Officers and the wider Senior Executive Team.
  • Serve, as appropriate, on Chapter Committees, Sub-Committees and Working Groups.

Please see the detailed Person Specification.