Team Rector of Probus, Ladock, Grampound with Creed and St Erme
We are supportive and enthusiastic congregations of 4 rural parishes in a benefice between Truro and St Austell in the heart of the beautiful Cornish countryside and not far from the coast and several lovely beaches.
The Benefice was formed in 1988 and good trusting relationships exist on which the next phase of ministry may be confidently built.
This post as Incumbent offers a wonderful opportunity to lead the development of this well-established benefice.
- An exciting opportunity to work with committed, generous and forward looking congregations within our Parishes.
- Active participation by church members in worship and parish life.
- The support of a Team Vicar, Assistant Curate, 3 retired clergy, Reader and several Worship Leaders.
- An excellent, good sized family home in a good position conveniently close to Probus church with lovely countryside views.
- Committed PCCs and volunteers across all the parishes
- A diversity of opportunity in each parish to link with community and grow the church
- Through the Holy Spirit lead and empower the congregations in their Ministries.
- Rejoice in the diversity of the 4 parishes but build on their strengths and explore with them what it means to move from being an effective Benefice to a great team.
- Nurture the growth, faith, discipleship and worship of the congregations.
- Support and further develop the links and outreach to local schools and communities
- Support and develop both informal contemporary and more traditional worship, being comfortable in either setting.
- Preach and teach the word of God.
- Up to date and with a working knowledge of the safeguarding procedures of the Church of England.
- Be a great communicator, comfortable with people from different backgrounds and have a sense of humour and fun.
The Ideal Candidate
Qualifications and Experience
- an ordained Anglican priest
- experience of working in a multi parish team with first-hand knowledge of the responsibilities of leadership in such an environment
- an understanding of ministry in rural areas
- experience of both traditional and pioneering expressions of mission, ministry and worship
- Have (or possess) an up to date, and working, knowledge of the safeguarding procedures of the Church of England.
Skills and Abilities
- able to communicate with all ages clearly and directly using tact, diplomacy and occasionally a sense of humour!
- able to inspire a wide range of people with a clear vision in order to help them come to faith and to trust in Our Lord
- able to adapt preaching style and content to different audiences, occasions and purposes
- able to lead and empower others in their ministry
- able to recognise the aptitudes of others and encourage them to develop their potential and to grow in their own discipleship and learning
- able to foster a sense of common purpose and co-operation between the parishes in the Benefice
- able to strengthen links within the communities eg with schools, community groups and organisations
- able to develop mission and ministry in a changing environment including many new housing developments
- able to be a compassionate and active listener
Vocation, Character and Personal Qualities
- a committed Christian with a sense of God’s call who can act as an example and model of the love of God
- sympathetic to a range of traditional and contemporary styles of worship and how they can be used to bring people to Christ
- willing to support those in need of pastoral care with empathy
- a strong desire to encourage church members to demonstrate God’s love in their actions
- awareness of contemporary and traditional worship music and generally musically sympathetic
- able to maintain a prayerful and spiritual life
The Benefice lies at the heart of the county, being approximately seven miles from both our Cathedral City of Truro and St Austell.
We are never more than ten miles from the sea, to the celebrated surfing and holiday beaches on the north coast and the beautiful Roseland Peninsula and Falmouth to the south.
Agriculture, tourism and healthcare dominate the area in terms of occupation. It is often not taken into account that there are substantial pockets of social deprivation and poverty.
We have many attractive, though narrow and often muddy, country lanes. The Benefice is crossed by the A390 joining Truro to St Austell and adjacent to the A30 to the north and west. It has good rail links.
All four parishes have experienced or are experiencing new development to a greater or lesser extent including both affordable and market housing. This provides opportunities for outreach to newcomers in order to extend and strengthen our church communities.
Within easy reach of the area, there are great walks, cycle tracks, attractive gardens open to the public and a wide range of water and other sports. Truro and St Austell offer a range of shopping, music, theatre, cinemas and restaurants.