Godrevy Benefice Pioneer Oversight Minister in the The Hayle Estuary, Cornwall

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We are looking for an oversight minister who is pioneering, prayerful, has a love for God’s Word and is led by the Holy Spirit.

Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to inspire and grow a benefice in and around the growing and historical coastal town of Hayle?

In Penwith Deanery we want to celebrate the roots of our Christian tradition that have marked the landscape and decorated it with church buildings which speak of the continuing desire to worship and have places of stillness. We want to encourage interest in pilgrimage and in Celtic Christianity and the part played then and now by the historic churches of Penwith.

The vision for the East is that the four current benefices of St Ives and Halsetown, Lelant and Carbis Bay, the Godrevy Benefice and Mount’s Bay Benefice will reduce to three:

  • St Ives and Halsetown [2 parishes] 1 stipendiary priest
  • Mount’s Bay Benefice [4 parishes] 1 stipendiary priest
  • and the new Hayle Estuary Benefice comprising of the

Godrevy Benefice [5 parishes] and Lelant & Carbis Bay Benefice [2 parishes] with 2 stipendiary priests with the four priests coming together to share mission and ministry and mutual support in agreed areas of work.

This post is a key post in the deanery and requires a priest of great energy, imagination, compassion and adventure.
We are looking for a minister who is a pioneer, who will be trained, experienced in, and eager to launch, new pioneering outreach initiatives.
They will need to be committed to Oversight Ministry; to lead a ‘community of communities’ that includes traditional church congregations, pioneers, new worshipping communities, schools, fresh expressions and other groups and communities.
They will be able to inspire us, build collaboration and train us to work together as a team, help us to discover new ways of bringing others to faith and building up sustainable Christian communities.

We need someone who will:

  • reach out with understanding and compassion to the local community, in particular to families and those in need and poverty.
  • grow and disciple our congregations, enabling both lay and ordained to create a vibrant church for all people and all ages and equip them to share their faith.
  • grow new congregations alongside the existing ones, especially focused on being accessible to those from more deprived parts of the community.
  • help each church to respond to new ideas as we proclaim Jesus Christ within our different rural and town parishes.
  • foster good communication and collaboration between the parishes and the deanery.

Subject to pastoral reorganisation this post will become that of Team Rector of the proposed Hayle Estuary Benefice to work alongside a Team Vicar.

Find out more from our website: www.trurodiocese.org.uk/vacancies/

For an informal conversation please contact the Archdeacon of Cornwall: archdeacons@truro.anglican.org

Closing Date: 25th September at 12noon
Shortlisting: 28th September on zoom Parish Visit
Parish Visit: 24th October
Interview: 25th October 2023

Appointment subject to enhanced disclosure from the DBS