Our Values run through everything that we do. They govern our behaviour and guide us in recognising how we fulfil our vocation as a Cathedral.
Our Values highlight the necessity of working in ways that are motivated by wisdom, responsibility, ethics, and above all, the Christian faith which it is our purpose to proclaim and live out. They reflect the qualities we believe are essential to our life and work as a 21st-century cathedral. In all things, we are inspired, motivated and challenged by the Christian faith and the values of the Gospel.
Our Values are:
Spirituality, Respect, Justice, Collaboration , Sustainability, Welcome, Aspiration
The Bishop and Chapter are looking for an influential and inspirational Canon Pastor who will play a vital and strategic role in enhancing the governance, leadership and liturgical life of the Cathedral.
At ‘the best Cathedral on planet earth’ we are seeking a colleague who will care for and grow our regular worshippers in faith and in numbers; oversee the work of our Education (Learning & Outreach) and Library & Collections teams; and head up student ministry at the Cathedral which founded Durham University.
You will possess proven theological, strategic and leadership capability and will be passionate about our core purpose, committed to enabling the whole Cathedral community to live our values, deliver our strategic objectives and fulfil our vision.
As a member of Chapter you will draw upon your substantial experience of working at Board level and will work collaboratively with colleagues to build upon the foundations already laid in corporate governance, financial sustainability and project management.
Thriving on working closely with a talented management team of professionals in their own field, you will use your successful track record of strategic and operational leadership, complemented by your personal skills and presence, to engage, influence and inspire those with whom you work. With your energy and resilience you will apply the experience that you have gained as an experienced pastor to work in partnership with relevant agencies; grow our regular worshippers in faith and in numbers; lead our Education (Learning & Outreach) and Library & Collections teams; and work with colleagues to foster ministry among Durham’s student community.
The Bishop of Durham, advised by the Chapter of Durham Cathedral, is seeking to appoint a residentiary canon as Canon Pastor with energy, resilience and a public-facing outlook. This is a senior post and the appointee will be expected to have a proven theological, strategic and leadership capability.
As a residentiary canon and member of the Chapter, the Canon Pastor carries out their duties in support of the Mission of Durham Cathedral which include:
To be considered for the role of Canon Pastor you will need to demonstrate that you:
(E) = essential (D) = desirable
For more information about this application process, please use this link
Durham Cathedral is admired across the world for its outstanding architecture and beautiful landscape setting, often cited as the finest Romanesque church in Europe. The celebrated vista of the Castle and Cathedral set high on a wooded peninsula is as unforgettable as the matchless interior of this wonderful building. It is not surprising that the Durham World Heritage Site was one of the first in the UK to be inscribed by UNESCO in 1986.
It is not only heritage and landscape that touches so many people. There are few places in England that are more imbued with the spirit of the saints, in Durham’s case the holy men and women of the Anglo-Saxon North. St Cuthbert’s Shrine is the spiritual heart of the Cathedral.