Rector and Pioneer Priest in the Benefice of Camel-Allen, Cornwall

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Explore the opportunities for mission and ministry in this beautiful coast and country benefice and see for yourself why so many people fall in love with this part of the world!

This is an exciting opportunity for a priest who would like to exercise ministry in a diverse yet realistic cluster of three parishes, combining elements of a traditional incumbency role with a clear commitment to pioneer new initiatives.

The appointment is to a full-time position and we seek a priest with a pioneering spirit, a willingness to embrace a variety of church traditions and a team player with the gifts and graces to exercise oversight ministry by investing in local leaders (lay and ordained) to ensure the flourishing of each parish.

Our vision as a benefice is to share the love of God in and to our diverse communities. We seek to achieve this by:

Listening to our communities and seeking pioneering ways of serving them,

  • Celebrating the love of God through the sharing of music, food and fellowship,
  • Being a visible presence and utilising our historic church buildings to provide a place of peace for the many visitors that frequent them,
  • Learning and developing with a sense of joy, recognising and respecting the different traditions within our benefice.

As the Deanery Plan summary references, the support available will enable the benefice to engage with and to improve the lives of those in need whilst strengthening our churches under the leadership of a Priest with oversight across our communities.

The post combines (in a 50/50 split) elements of a Rector’s role with that of a Pioneer Minister, including:

  • Working specifically within Camelford and Delabole to understand the spiritual needs and expectations of these local communities;
  • Fostering good working relationships with relevant community leaders and organisations, including supporting local schools and listening to those within the deep rural parts of our benefice;
  • Developing and growing our team of volunteers, identifying and harnessing the gifts God has given.

For further information and details please visits our website:

Closing Date: 20th September at 12noon
Shortlisting: 27th September
Parish Visit: 17th October
Interviews: 18th October

Part of the process will include a vocational conversation that will take place online between short-listing and the interview.

The appointment is subject to enhanced disclosure from the DBS

For an informal conversation, please contact the Archdeacon of Bodmin: