Canon Missioner

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Cathedral House, 11 The Precincts, Kent

Canterbury Cathedral is the Mother Church of the Anglican Communion and the Cathedral Church for the diocese of Canterbury; it is also a World Heritage Site and a place of pilgrimage. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the chief resource of his diocesan and international ministry.

The Chapter of Canterbury is responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day management of the Cathedral. The Chapter comprises the Dean, the Residentiary Canons, the Receiver General and four additional persons appointed by the Archbishop.

The Canon Missioner holds a significant and important role at Canterbury Cathedral. As our major Heritage Lottery funded project draws to a close, we have developed our visitor services as well as managed some key conservation projects. The Chapter has great ambition to extend what we do. This means that we have to be more effective and imaginative in the delivery of our services. The Canon Missioner will oversee the mission and outreach of the Cathedral, engaging with wide groups of people - Pilgrims, worshippers, staff, local communities, congregations, visitors – to develop key connections and to share with all our mission ‘To show people Jesus’.

The Canon Missioner will be committed to daily worship and share in its central leadership, will take the lead in pastoral care and mission, and work with the Chapter through meetings and personal contact to further its work.

The appointment of Canon Missioner incorporates two commitments:

  • Residentiary Canon

Fundamental to the role of the Chapter of Canterbury is a common commitment to the worshipping life of the Cathedral.

  • Canon Missioner

The Canon Missioner - along with the other members of Chapter - is to engage with the Cathedral’s mission by:

  • Leading worship and preaching, in partnership with clergy colleagues and others.
  • Being a visible, strong and inspirational leader across our communities, leading us in high standards of mission and pastoral care throughout the life of the Cathedral, living and declaring the Christian faith with vivacity.
  • Leading in the delivery of pastoral care to the Cathedral’s congregations, staff and the wider community.
  • Taking the Chapter lead on all matters relating to the Safeguarding of vulnerable children and adults in the Cathedral; and ensuring staff, volunteers and the wider community are aware of the high importance we give to these matters.
  • Developing further community links and relationships to enhance our outreach in the city and surrounding areas, engaging with those who are not frequent visitors and those who are less obviously open to the Cathedral’s work.
  • Building relationships with staff, volunteers, visitors and regular worshippers, enabling them to understand more about Christian faith and the Cathedral’s role.
  • Developing networks across clergy, lay staff and volunteers that enable corporate missional engagement by the Cathedral with the world around and among it.
  • Developing, overseeing and supporting the team of volunteer Chaplains, offering guidance and training.
  • Playing a leading role in fostering discipleship and spiritual growth towards maturity in the body of Christ amongst Christians in the Cathedral and more widely, with a concern for developing Christian vocation among the faithful.
  • Overseeing the welcome of Pilgrims to the Cathedral and forging connections with this important group, thinking strategically about the development of this ministry.
  • Connecting with the ‘human’ side of our work, especially in interaction with the visits team and the shop in the service they offer to visitors.
  • Maintaining and developing strong and fruitful links with relevant colleagues in the Diocese.
  • Participating in the governance of Canterbury Cathedral, in particular, working alongside colleagues to deliver our seven key values and objectives as set out in the Strategic Operating Plan.
  • Sharing in implementing our vision towards a creative sustainability as the Canterbury Journey project comes towards an end, recognising the need to use resources wisely in challenging economic times.
  • A commitment to the mission of Canterbury Cathedral and demonstrated experience of and commitment to the mission of the local, diocesan and world-wide Church.
  • A commitment to the daily worship of the Cathedral and to its liturgical and theological traditions, sensing that these will nourish your own spiritual life.
  • A commitment to the collegial ethos of the Chapter - to its shared governance of the Cathedral and its shared decision-making for the Cathedral.
  • Experience in and enthusiasm for the pastoral ministry of the Church, including administering the Church of England’s safeguarding policies and procedures.
  • Effective communication skills, including creative and effective preaching and teaching, which engage and inspire others.
  • Positive experience of working in and leading teams, including line-managing and appraising others as well as managing conflict.
  • A demonstrated commitment to your own spiritual, theological and ministerial development since ordination.
  • The ability to work across the breadth of the Church of England’s traditions and a commitment to encouraging the ministry of ordained women, honouring the Church of England’s 5 Guiding Principles.
  • To hold a current driver’s license.

You will be asked to provide examples of these.

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Canterbury Cathedral is the Mother Church of the Anglican Communion and the Cathedral Church for the diocese of Canterbury, it is also a World Heritage Site and a place of pilgrimage. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the chief resource of the Archbishop’s diocesan and international ministry.

The Chapter of Canterbury have as their prime responsibility the task of supporting the Archbishop in his work and enabling the Cathedral to be a place of holiness and hospitality for the many visitors and pilgrims who come here daily. At the heart of this ministry is the daily life of corporate prayer in which every member of the Chapter must be involved. The international character of the Cathedral’s ministry has been greatly enhanced by the International Study Centre which has been opened in the Precincts enabling visitors from the Anglican Communion, from Primates to seminarians, to spend time living and studying as part of the community of Canterbury.