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Priest in Charge - St Mark's Barrow-in-Furness

Please Note: The application deadline for this post has now passed.


If you want to work on the edges and are serious about mission in an Urban Priority Area, St Mark’s, a vibrant evangelical church in the heart of Barrow is looking for a new Priest in Charge.

The Diocese of Carlisle (which is coterminous with the county of Cumbria), has been pro-active in seeking to respond to national trends in church life by the formation of around 40 ‘Mission Communities’ across the county to respond to the challenges and opportunities we face.  This context has served to focus attention on exploring (and re-discovering) other exciting and innovative models of church life, ministry (lay and ordained, full and part time as well as self-supporting) and mission.  The Diocese of Carlisle is committed to the God for All vision (see www.godforall.org.uk ) and part of that vision is the setting up of Mission Communities.

Please call The Archdeacon of Westmorland and Furness, Vernon Ross for informal chat: (015395) 34717.

Completed applications by email: archdeacon.south@carlislediocese.org.uk

Deadline  12 Noon, 12 January 2018

Interviews:  1 February 2018

Full details are available on the Diocesan website, including profiles and application forms:


Post Introduction

Cumbria is a large and diverse county in which urban, industrial, market towns, villages, farms and remote, scattered hamlets form distinct and overlapping communities.


This is a superb opportunity for a Bible-based priest to lead one church and offer significant development of mission with partner churches.


Barrow-in-Furness is situated on the coast in the south-west region of Cumbria. Predomi- nantly a rural County, Cumbria is considered to be one of the most beautiful regions of the UK and includes the whole of the Lake District, England’s largest National Park.  Steeped in local history, Barrow has two English Heritage Sites: Furness Abbey and Piel Island.


There are few planned towns in the UK and Barrow is one of the oldest.  Its centre contains a grid of terraced houses, with a tree-lined road leading away from a central square.  Second only in size within the County to Carlisle and currently with a population of around 70,000, Barrow is a large industrial town; a town which grew from a tiny 19th century hamlet to the biggest iron and steel centre in the world, and a major shipbuilding force, in just 40 years.  Although the iron and steel industry is now long gone, BAE Systems, a leading national and international company in shipbuilding and engineering is still a major employer in the town.

Role Responsibility

  • To motivate and lead St Mark’s in appropriate ways, in the context of our Parish community and Barrow’s Mission Community.
  • To be involved in the development of the fledgling Barrow Mission Community in line with the aims and objectives of God for All
  • To develop a sense of teamwork across churches to support the work of the Mission Community
  • To consult widely on the future mission and ministry needs of the community and how this might be resourced.
  • To consider with lay and ordained colleagues opportunities for missional co-operation across the Mission Community and develop a Mission Action Plan.
  • To support and develop the ministry of lay people (in conjunction with Cumbria Christian Learning – the ministerial support department).
  • To develop relational and governance structures for the Mission Community in accordance with diocesan policies.
  • To develop good working relationships within the Mission Community
  • To promote ecumenical relationships within the Mission Community.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Are you called to urban mission?
  • Do you have a heart for both the poor in spirit and the poor in our community?
  • Will you lead this church with a heart for mission and social engagement?

Essential Qualities – we are seeking a person of God to lead us forward; someone who:

  • Can motivate and lead St Mark’s in appropriate ways, in the context of our Parish community and Barrow’s Mission Community.
  • Is open to and reliant upon the prompting of the Holy Spirit to empower their ministry and the work of the Church
  • Is grounded in the authority of scripture
  • Has a passion for serving God
  • Has a passion for serving people
  • Is growing in their own discipleship and willing to share their experiences with others
  • Has a clear calling to move the Church forward in its worship, witness and work for the advancement of God’s Kingdom

Desirable qualities:

  • Biblical preaching/teaching skills
  • Pastoral skills across all generations
  • Communication skills.

Someone who has the ability to identify and encourage the use of gifts in others.

About Us

St Mark’s Barrow is part of a fledgling Mission Community which will encompass the whole Deanery of Barrow. 


St Mark’s is a single Church Parish.  It is one of nine Church of England Churches grouped into six parishes/Team Ministries within the Barrow Deanery and has a worshipping congregation averaging over 80 people at Morning Service and 20 at Evening Services. 


The Church itself is situated in Barrow’s town centre and the parish encompasses around 1,800 homes, along with half of the town centre shops and offices.  It is predominantly a working class parish with a wide mix of ages. 


Built in 1878 to serve the expanding population of the town, it remains focused on declaring the love of God for all and seeking ways in which this truth can be received and realised by those in our community.


For further information and full details, these are available on the Diocesan website (including profiles and application forms):


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