House for Duty Priest. The Benefice of Waggoners

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Come and join us in the Yorkshire Wolds! The six churches in our small villages and hamlets want to serve our communities more effectively and reach out to them with God’s love. We have reflected much on our present patterns of ministry and are looking to our new Minister to discern with us the best shape for the benefice and to lead us into the next stage of our life together. We are seeking a Minister who will :

  • Enjoy having a public presence in each of our villages & hamlets
  • Grow lay ministry, setting us free to lead and serve
  • Make the most of the opportunities of our two church schools
  • Prayerfully discern the way forward with us

We understand rural life and don’t expect our House for Duty priest to do everything. Our church families are very committed, we will share in ministry and in the running of our churches but we look for a loving pastor to lead us forwards.

We thank you for your interest in our benefice and its six parishes of Cowlam, Fimber, Fridaythorpe, Sledmere, Thixendale and Wetwang, and invite you to consider whether God may be calling you to serve among us. While each parish has its own unique identity, we share a vision for the growth of God’s Kingdom in this area and for the sharing of resources and support for one another. We are currently exploring how we might come together as parishes in closer unity and co-operation and build on the small shoots of encouragement that we have seen during our recent time without the leadership of a priest-in-charge. So, we are now looking for a priest to lead us into the next stage of life together, to grow us in discipleship, in numbers and to help us to serve and reach out in our village communities.

In addition to normal Sunday services and occasional offices, we would be looking for the priest to:

o Facilitate our exploration of the future shape of our parishes within the benefice and implementation of decisions made

o Support and develop lay ministers in each parish

o Lead us into numerical growth and in discipleship

o Be involved with the two C of E primary schools in the Benefice (Sledmere & Wetwang)

o Provide benefice-wide administration (eg Service rotas), though we will seek to ensure that administration focused on particular parishes (eg wedding returns) will be done by the laity in each church

We are looking for someone with the following experience, gifts and qualities:

o Experience as a parish priest

o Some understanding of the issues of rural life and work

o The ability to help grow the church in numbers and in discipleship

o The ability to develop and encourage lay ministry

o The ability to reach out to the community beyond the church

o The ability to support and develop ministry to young people

o A heart for pastoral ministry

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o A hunger for spiritual growth in yourself and others o Bringing enthusiasm to your ministry

The Diocese of York is a family of 607 churches and 126 schools in 470 parishes, which extends from Middlesbrough on the River Tees to Hull on the River Humber, and from the east coast of Yorkshire about as far west as the A1 road.

Led and guided by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, our vision is to be a family of Generous Churches Making and Nurturing Disciples. We are currently working through a Diocesan Strategy that focuses on:

  • Reaching those we currently don't
  • Moving to Growth
  • Achieving sustainable finances

Our official website can be found here:

Deadline for applications: Monday 3 December 2018
Interviews are scheduled for: Thursday 17 January 2019

Full details about this opportunity can be found in the attached documents.

For an informal conversation please contact:
The Ven Andy Broom, Archdeacon of the East Riding
T: 01482 881659

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