Welcome to the delightful market town of Launceston and the beautiful surrounding countryside, firmly located in the Tamar Valley but quickly accessible to Exeter and the A30.

​We are seeking someone who will:

  • bring leadership, vision, care and energy to the  parishes;
  • enable the flourishing of the church in the town by working collaboratively and building a team of ministers lay and ordained;
  • support and rejoice in the rural parishes, helping them to identify their unique calling.

Our vision as a benefice is for our churches to be prayerful, relevant, welcoming and friendly centres of our communities able to respond to the diverse needs of those around us.

We will seek to achieve this by:

  • Working together as a benefice, recognising one another’s strengths and ensuring good communication between the churches,
  • Working for growth, both in the discipleship and support of existing churchgoers and welcoming new people to journey with us,
  • Recognising the need to respond to the changing nature of our communities that will require us to change too.
  • Being a visible presence in our towns and communities with a level of consistency and stability, making good use of our buildings,
  • Reaching out to those in our communities, specifically young families, the housebound, those in residential homes, schools and the industrial estates

This role is an essential element of the deanery plan and the successful candidate must be committed to following the vision that highlights the following areas for work:

  • Focal leadership: growing lay leadership and encouraging the whole body to take an active part in the church and its growth,
  • Working with poverty: focusing on locations of greatest social deprivation focusing on creating new discipleship groups within the estate and bring a Christian presence with an outward focus in these areas,
  • A deanery wide three step evangelism project aimed at bringing the gospel and seeing more people come to faith,
  • Growing faith through an increased focus on discipleship, enabling the current church to be more confident in their calling and their ability to share their faith with others,
  • Increased focus on stewardship, particularly regular giving and encouraging generosity.

We recognise that this and most clergy roles are demanding. Providing support and caring for your wellbeing is important to us. There is a commitment at senior level and the organisation generally to:

  • ensure that, at a strategic level, clergy wellbeing is explicitly referenced, and embedded in, all projects and work;
  • it is adequately resourced and funded; and
  • that we champion clergy wellbeing, challenge unsupportive behaviours and attitudes, and lead by example.

The diocese has a Clergy Wellbeing Group, with the aim of embedding the principles of the Covenant for Clergy Care and Wellbeing into the day-to-day policies and practices of the diocese.
The group has agreed an action plan based on the themes and actions recommended in the booklet “How Clergy Thrive” by Liz Graveling and the useful resources guides that accompany it.

For further information and details and to apply please visits Pathways: https://www.cofepathways.org/members/modules/job/detail.php?record=6642

Closing Date:    Mon 26th Feb 12noon
Vocational Conversation W/c: 4th March
Parish Visit:     13th March
Interviews:      14th March

Part of the process will include a vocational conversation that will take place online between short-listing and the interview.

The appointment is subject to enhanced disclosure from the DBS

 

Stipendiary

Application closing date
Applications to be received by midday on the closing date 26 February 2024
Interview date
Interviews will be held 14 March 2024
Parish visit
13 March 2024
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