Appointment of the Archdeacon of Barnstaple


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Appointment of the Archdeacon of Barnstaple

Closing date for applications: 5:00pm on 28th July 2020

Interview date: Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th September 2020

The Bishop of Exeter is seeking an imaginative and pastorally gifted priest with significant parish experience to appoint as Archdeacon of Barnstaple. The priest appointed will have a heart for mission, be committed to fostering spiritual and numerical growth, and be able to relate confidently and comfortably across the spectrum of church traditions of the Diocese. She/he must be personable, prayerfully-centred and instinctively collaborative in their approach.

The Archdeacons of the Diocese, of which there are four, work as a team. The priest appointed will bring to their work creative and strategic thinking, and an understanding of the opportunities and challenges of rural ministry. In partnership with the Suffragan Bishop of Crediton, she/he will carry forward the growth strategy of the Diocese to help realise the full potential of the archdeaconry and develop the vocation of the whole people of God.

The Diocese is aware that women and those from black and minority ethnic groups are currently under-represented amongst its clergy and welcomes applications from these clergy, desiring to embody a more diverse ministry.

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Those who wish to be considered for this post should complete the application form and submit it electronically, together with a signed hard copy and covering letter of application to the Bishop of Exeter:
The Office of the Bishop of Exeter
The Gatehouse
Palace Gate
or Email
The closing date for applications is Tuesday 28th July at 5pm
References will be taken up in advance of the interviews, which will be held in Exeter on Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th September 2020.

Shortlisted candidates are welcome to view the home of the Archdeacon of Barnstaple in advance of their interview. This will be arranged by Mrs Justine Tear, Executive Assistant to the Bishop of Exeter.
Overnight accommodation will be arranged in Exeter on the Sunday and Monday nights as required and travelling expenses reimbursed at standard Diocesan rates.
A special group has been appointed by the Bishop of Exeter to advise him upon this appointment.
The successful candidate will be invited to meet additionally with the Bishop of Exeter before their appointment is confirmed which will be subject to satisfactory references and an enhanced DBS disclosure.