Residentiary Canon: Canon Pastor

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The Cathedral Office, The College, Durham
£27,703 (in accordance with Church Commissioners)
1 Applications

Our Values run through everything that we do. They govern our behaviour and guide us in recognising how we fulfil our vocation as a Cathedral.

Our Values highlight the necessity of working in ways that are motivated by wisdom, responsibility, ethics, and above all, the Christian faith which it is our purpose to proclaim and live out. They reflect the qualities we believe are essential to our life and work as a 21st-century cathedral. In all things, we are inspired, motivated and challenged by the Christian faith and the values of the Gospel.

Our Values are:

Spirituality, Respect, Justice, Collaboration , Sustainability, Welcome, Aspiration

The Bishop and Chapter are looking for an influential and inspirational Canon Pastor who will play a vital and strategic role in enhancing the governance, leadership and liturgical life of the Cathedral.

At ‘the best Cathedral on planet earth’ we are seeking a colleague who will care for and grow our regular worshippers in faith and in numbers; oversee the work of our Education (Learning & Outreach) and Library & Collections teams; and head up student ministry at the Cathedral which founded Durham University.

You will possess proven theological, strategic and leadership capability and will be passionate about our core purpose, committed to enabling the whole Cathedral community to live our values, deliver our strategic objectives and fulfil our vision.

As a member of Chapter you will draw upon your substantial experience of working at Board level and will work collaboratively with colleagues to build upon the foundations already laid in corporate governance, financial sustainability and project management.

Thriving on working closely with a talented management team of professionals in their own field, you will use your successful track record of strategic and operational leadership, complemented by your personal skills and presence, to engage, influence and inspire those with whom you work. With your energy and resilience you will apply the experience that you have gained as an experienced pastor to work in partnership with relevant agencies; grow our regular worshippers in faith and in numbers; lead our Education (Learning & Outreach) and Library & Collections teams; and work with colleagues to foster ministry among Durham’s student community.

The Bishop of Durham, advised by the Chapter of Durham Cathedral, is seeking to appoint a residentiary canon as Canon Pastor with energy, resilience and a public-facing outlook. This is a senior post and the appointee will be expected to have a proven theological, strategic and leadership capability.

As a residentiary canon and member of the Chapter, the Canon Pastor carries out their duties in support of the Mission of Durham Cathedral which include:

  • Trustee responsibility for the governance of the Cathedral through Chapter (strategic)
  • Leadership and managerial responsibility (executive)
  • Canon-in-Residence duties and full involvement in the liturgical life of the Cathedral

To be considered for the role of Canon Pastor you will need to demonstrate that you:

(E) = essential (D) = desirable

  • Are a priest of the Church of England, of a member church of the Anglican Communion, or of a church in full communion with the Church of England, who has been in holy orders for at least 6 years. (E)
  • Hold a (Higher) Degree or equivalent professional qualification with supporting evidence of continuing ministerial development (E); a qualification in pastoral ministry or counselling (D)
  • Are committed to living out the Five Guiding Principles in your own ministry and that of the Cathedral, and to upholding the Guidelines forthe Professional Conduct of the Clergy. (E)
  • Have exercised a significant leadership role in the Church, whether in a parish, diocese or cathedral, or in some other capacity. (E)
  • Are a ‘mission-shaped’ person of prayer, theologically articulate, a stimulating and intelligent preacher and attentive to your own spiritual life. (E)
  • Are a leader of people, with the ability to influence, inspire and engage; confident and secure in the additional perspectives you will bring to any discussion; willing to be held accountable and to hold others to account; and regard team-working as the norm. (E)
  • Have worked collaboratively with a Board of Trustees or Governing Body, collectively and individually. (E)
  • Are an experienced pastor with a track-record of working with relevant agencies and of growing regular worshippers in faith and in numbers. (E)
  • Can demonstrate an ability to line-manage colleagues and invest in their professional development. (E)
  • Have prior experience in (one or more of ) the fields of Education, Library & Collections, and/ or Student Ministry (D)
  • Are excited about the potential for Cathedrals in mission, value the ethos of cathedral liturgy, are committed to corporate prayer in the Daily Offices, and endorse the quest for excellence in every aspect of the ministry of the Cathedral. (D)
  • Are numerate in Governing Body level financial decision-making and competent in the management of a budget. (E)
  • Have a good working knowledge of ICT, social media, electronic diary and entirely comfortable with digital technology. (E)

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Durham Cathedral is admired across the world for its outstanding architecture and beautiful landscape setting, often cited as the finest Romanesque church in Europe. The celebrated vista of the Castle and Cathedral set high on a wooded peninsula is as unforgettable as the matchless interior of this wonderful building. It is not surprising that the Durham World Heritage Site was one of the first in the UK to be inscribed by UNESCO in 1986.

It is not only heritage and landscape that touches so many people. There are few places in England that are more imbued with the spirit of the saints, in Durham’s case the holy men and women of the Anglo-Saxon North. St Cuthbert’s Shrine is the spiritual heart of the Cathedral.