Team Rector for the Dart & Avon Mission Community


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Team Rector for the Dart & Avon Mission Community

Closing date for applications: 17th December 2021

Interview date: 10th and 11th January 2022


In a beautiful part of South Devon on the fringe of Dartmoor, around the towns of Buckfastleigh and South Brent and nearby villages with excellent road and rail links, our mission community seeks a Team Rector who appreciates the opportunities and challenges of both urban and rural ministry.  He or she will be:-

  • a priest of strong personal faith, equipped to minister effectively across a diverse socioeconomic spectrum and a variety of ages
  • someone with a heart for, and understanding of, both rural and urban ministry, including areas of social and economic need
  • ready to embrace varied liturgical styles across the benefice
  • able to lead and develop the existing ministry team
  • able to engage with local communities in practical mission
  • able to lead a significant church building project

­­­­For a conversation about the post, please contact the Ven. Douglas Dettmer, Archdeacon of Totnes on (01626) 832064 or archdeacon.of.totnes@exeter.anglican.org

 

What is on offer

A full time stipendiary post, to lead a dedicated team of ordained and lay
people across seven parishes with varied characteristics, opportunities and
challenges.

The Team includes a part time Team Vicar who lives at the Vicarage in South
Brent; she is temporarily overseeing the whole team but normally looks after
the western end of the benefice at South Brent and Rattery. There are several
retired clergy living in the benefice who to a varying extent assist in services
and in administration. There are three Licensed Lay Ministers resident in the
benefice and there is a full time curate in training who is mainly occupied in
the eastern end of the Benefice based in Buckfastleigh.
Each parish in the Mission Community has paid its Common Fund request in
full.
Here’s a short video, put together by some of the members of the Mission
Community in our more rural parishes giving an introduction to our community
life through their eyes.

 

The Qualities we are looking for in a Team Rector

Spiritual Leader –
An individual whose strong personal faith is an inspiration and an example and
who is articulate and able to preach the Gospel to a wide variety of listeners,
including younger people and children.
Someone who is able to accommodate variations in liturgy and diversity of
ideas through the benefice.

Team Leader –
Someone who will:
– carry forward and develop the existing team and be willing to delegate;
– inspire others to join and enhance the team; and,
– engage with the local communities and develop the ways in which the
Mission Community can assist with help where needed (such as the
Food Bank in Buckfastleigh), bringing the church into the local
communities.

Someone who understands the needs of the Mission Community:
– who will encourage and support the various parishes in the Community
as a united worshipping body whilst respecting the individuality of each
parish;
– who has a heart for, and understanding of, both rural and urban
ministry, including in areas of social and economic need;
– who is able to lead a significant church building project;
– who is equipped to minister effectively across a diverse socioeconomic
spectrum; and,
– who engages well with the wide variety of people in our community and
who is able to nurture the whole community, not just those inside the
church.

Read more about the churches in the Dart & Avon Mission Community here.

Download Application Form.