Diocese of Carlisle

    Part-Time (0.5) Priest-in-Charge of Dacre, with specific oversight of Matterdale and Watermillock

    The Ven Lee Townend, Archdeacon of Carlisle, Church House, 19-24 Friargate, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 7XR.
    01768 885587
    17 Mar 2021, noon
    19 Apr 2021

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    Are you a dedicated and inspirational leader who is keen to engage in the local community and who longs to see the local church thrive? Would you value the opportunity to remain in ‘front line’ ministry while having the time to fulfil or pursue other interests?

    We have created this part-time post to be enjoyable, with plenty of challenge and rewards.As Priest-in-Charge of this small group, you will have the opportunity for mission and ministry within a variety of existing church contexts in three neighbouring rural parishes, one on the outskirts of Penrith, and two on the shores of Ullswater. The largest village (Stainton), with about 1,500 population, is where we expect you to focus most of your missional energy, working alongside the Methodist church there too.You will also be involved in the wider Ullswater Mission Community as we work together to reach people groups the existing churches are not currently reaching.

    The parishes are being well served during this vacancy and are in surprisingly good heart.Given the rural nature of these villages it is likely that you will have a good grasp of the joys and challenges of rural ministry, but more importantly that you are someone who discerns how the love and gospel of Jesus Christ can be accessed by more people within the contexts in which you serve. As a key member of the Ullswater Mission Community we will value your wisdom as we develop vision and priorities for the local area and beyond.This is a role for someone who is missionally and pastorally motivated, and who values the benefits of being able to work in a wider team of clergy and lay people, as well as in their own context.

    You will have:

    • A love for Jesus Christ and the flourishing of His church.
    • A heart for mission and pastoral ministry in village and tourist contexts, and a passion to see rural churches fulfil the ‘God for All’ vision.
    • The ability to inspire, and harness the good-will, abilities and skills of capable lay people.
    • Confidence in the Christian faith and gospel, and in preaching with clarity and conviction.
    • An ability to lead worship in both traditional and emerging contexts.
    • An ability to be self-motivated, and able to work on your own, as well as in partnership with others.

    For more information please contact:

    The Archdeacon of Carlisle, The Ven Lee Townend

    (01768 885587 or archdeacon.north@carlislediocese.org.uk )

    For a copy of the Profile and/or an informal chat please contact:

    The Penrith Mission Area Leader, Canon Gary Cregeen

    (01768 868786 or Gary@GandJCregeen.co.uk )

    For information about the Ullswater Mission Community please contact:

    The Ullswater Mission Community Leader, The Ven Morris Rodham

    (07774 296652 or vicar.patterdale@gmail.com )

    *After a long period of consultation in the Deanery the successful candidate will be expected to become the Priest-in-Charge of Watermillock and Matterdale as well as Priest-in-Charge of Dacre once formal pastoral reorganisation takes place. In the meantime, the successful candidate will assume immediately day to day responsibility of Watermillock and Matterdale in terms of worship, business and pastoral care. Delegated authority to run those two churches has been given to the successful candidate applying for the post.