The Camelside Benefice
Parishes of: Blisland & Temple, Helland, St Breward, St Mabyn, and St Tudy & Michaelstow
Do you delight in rural ministry and a breadth of traditions? Are you able to hold oversight responsibility and enable lay leaders to find and use their gifts in mission and ministry?
Under the SaintsWay vision, the whole deanery of Trigg Minor and Bodmin has been engaging in the OntheWay process, to seek and discern a fruitful and sustainable future under God. Implementation of the resultant deanery plan is underway, and each benefice is seeking to find its own way to grow spiritually and numerically, recognising its strengths, finding new approaches to mission and ministry where necessary and working more collaboratively across parish boundaries.
In many ways the Camelside Benefice starts that process from a position of strength; the vibrancy of the profile (link below) gives a clue to the rich nature of this rural benefice, its activities and the 'can do' attitude of the churches. There is an honest recognition of the challenges as well as realism in noting that not everything can stay the same; what changes are needed will require wise discernment and sensitive and courageous leadership.
The vision of our Benefice is to welcome as many people as possible in the name of Christ, bringing light and hope to everyone in our community, young and old.
We seek to achieve this by:
The challenges we envisage are:
With deep roots in Scripture and tradition, Oversight Ministry is in continuity with other ways of exercising priesdy ministry. It is however substantially different from a traditional parish priest role in its focus on enabling the whole people of God to participate in the whole mission of God, rather than on leading individual church congregations.
Underpinning the specific role requirements (see below), all Oversight Ministers will therefore need to be:
-Committed to safeguarding as a foundation for all ministry
-Committed to their own discipleship, learning and life of prayer
-Committed to a model of leadership that releases gifts, encourages others and takes risks for the kingdom
-Committed to mutual accountability; to holding others to account for their responsibilities and being held to account in turn
-Committed to collaboration, partnership and team working
Key purpose of the role:
Oversight Ministers lead a 'community of communities' that includes traditional church congregations. pioneers, new worshipping communities, schools, fresh expressions and other groups and communities. Wherever possible these groups will take responsibility for their mission and ministry and will have an identifiable local leader.
As a Leader of a community of communities:-
Equipping the saints:
As a Leader of mission:
Be Faithful in prayer:
Closing Date: 27th November 2023 12:00noon
Vocational Conversation w/c: 11th December 2023
Orientation and Interviews: 8th & 9th January 2024
For an informal chat about the benefice please contact the
Archdeacon of Bodmin, The Ven. Kelly Betteridge on firstname.lastname@example.org