Mission Community Leader and Team Rector in the Binsey Mission Community

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Benefice of Binsey Team Ministry in the Derwent Deanery, Cumbria

Mission Community Leader and Team Rector in the Binsey Mission Community:

This post is for Team Rector to lead the Ministry Team and the Binsey Mission Community. The post is located in the in stunningly beautiful northern fells of the Lake District.

We are seeking a natural team leader / worker, with humility in recognising and accepting the insights and abilities of others, but with the ability to lead, and the ambition to take on new things and inspire others. The appointed person will:

  • Have a deep and prayerful and spiritual reliance on the love and grace of God, grounded in scripture.
  • Provide ministry as Rector within the Binsey Ministry Team and ensure its effective leadership.
  • Lead and inspire the Binsey Team Mission Community to continue to move forward and develop.
  • Work with others to develop and implement a shared vision for ministry and mission, both for those already within the community and for those beyond.
  • Have a commitment to collaborative ecumenical mission; working with the diversity of Christians within the Mission Community and its wider area.

Closing Date: 12 Nov 2018

Interviews: 6 & 7 Dec 2018

If you are interested in this post and would like a brief discussion, please contact: The Archdeacon, The Ven. Dr Richard Pratt Tel: 01900 66190 archdeacon.west@carlislediocese.org.uk;

Further information can be obtained from:

The Rural Dean, The Revd. Charles Hope 017687 75855 charleshope@btopenworld.com and/or

The Team Vicar, The Revd. Peter Gilroy 016973 71430 teamvicar@binsey.org.uk

The required applications forms and supporting documents are available on the Diocese Website.

Completed Diocesan application forms should be submitted to the Archdeacon of West Cumberland

This is a senior role seeking strong ministerial qualities and leadership skills. The Mission Community Leader / Team Rector and Team Vicar will work interchangeably across the Team.

In becoming the Binsey Team Mission Community in 2016, we have taken a step of faith in starting to make this Vision a reality here in our villages and hamlets. There is further progress still to be made, presenting a clear role for the new Team Rector and Mission Community Leader in this beautiful Lakeland landscape.

There is an active ministry team which includes a newly appointed Team Vicar and a Methodist colleague and supporting laity. Located between Keswick, Cockermouth and Wigton, with 11 rural communities with their churches and chapel. The Team Rector will also be the Mission Community Leader. As Team Rector, will be responsible for the Binsey Team Ministry and will also be expected to undertake both ministerial and Benefice governance and oversight.

To fulfil “God for All”, Mission Communities are being established in Cumbria, across the Diocese of Carlisle. The Mission Community acts as an enabling and energizing missional ‘umbrella’ for a number of churches, parishes and congregations. Every Mission Community is led by a leadership team with a designated Mission Community Leader. The Binsey Team Mission Community was the first Mission Community to be commissioned in Carlisle Diocese, in 2016.

This is an interesting and varied leadership role, with the geographical backdrop of the Lake District fells and Lake District National Park.

The main responsibilities for this post are to lead the Ministry Team as the Mission Community Leader and Team Rector, working with others to:

  • Undertake the role of Team Rector within the Diocese plans.
  • Lead and inspire the Binsey Team Mission Community to continue to move forward and develop now that it has been established.
  • Lead and plan strategically; delegating appropriately, being known and seen throughout the community, but ensuring sufficient time for personal reflection and prayer.
  • Encourage the spiritual life and worship within the Mission Community and working with the Binsey Ministry Team.
  • Have oversight of the smooth and effective running of the Benefice and Mission Community. Ensuring a balance between sustaining the distinct traditions of the different parishes and chapel with the need for dynamic change.
  • Facilitate, negotiate and strengthen relationships so that individual members and the churches/chapel of the Binsey Team Mission Community move closer together as a community.

For more information about this application process, please use this link

The ideal candidate:

  • Is approachable with a friendly sense of humour, warmth, compassion and sensitivity, the ability to listen and a pastoral heart,
  • Has a deep prayerful and spiritual reliance on the love and grace of God and the inner stillness which that can give, grounded in scripture and is an ordained minister.
  • Is able to think clearly and strategically with flexibility of thought but also with a strong sense of vision.
  • Is able to motivate, guide and teach disciples to enable them to serve in ministry and mission.
  • Ability to be sensitive and to communicate well with the social diversity of different ages, backgrounds, occupations in a very rural settings, with scattered farms, hamlets and villages.
  • Has energy, resilience and integrity and is efficient in administration and delegation and is a good communicator.

For full details of job description and desired personal specifications, please see the background and supporting documents for this role as available on the Diocese of Carlisle’s Website:



The Binsey Team was originally formed in 2000 expanding through pastoral changes to 2016. It takes its name from Binsey Fell which is the most northern of all the Wainwright walks, and is in the middle of the Team Ministry area. Binsey Fell represents the centre of this Team, and is the only place from where all the District areas may be easily viewed

Binsey Team Ministry can offer to the new Mission Community Leader/Team Rector:

  • A warm, generous and caring group of communities that are welcoming and hospitable with tremendous community spirit,
  • A desire to bring about the Diocesan ‘God for All Vision’ in our communities,
  • A willingness to work together and share resources and skills whilst retaining the individual identity of each Parish Church and Chapel,
  • An attractive mainly Georgian House, situated in Torpenhow,
  • Competent, supportive and energetic DCCs and PCC,
  • A developing lay leadership,
  • Opportunities to build on existing skills and gifts and to develop new ones in the Mission Community and Diocese,
  • A wonderful environment in which to live and work

The area is located in the in stunningly beautiful northern fells of the Lake District with good access to both the City of Carlisle and the centre of the Lake District. The Vicarage is located adjacent to St Michael’s Church in the village of Torpenhow and provides good accommodation with 5 bedrooms and a walled garden.

Full details are available on the Diocesan website including the Diocesan application forms. Links to Carlisle Diocese Website: