Prior of the Community of St Cuthbert

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St Nics Church, Market Place, Durham
Fixed Term Full Time
weekend and evening duties are involved

As part of a resourcing church based at St Nics Durham we are seeking a missional leader, lay or ordained, for this newly created post to lead a movement of discipleship renewal in the deanery and diocese of Durham.

The Prior will oversee and lead a movement of lay missional disciples meeting together as spiritual support groups seeking to live under a common rule of life aimed at growing the Church in Durham in discipleship, service and number.

  • Work as part of leadership team at St Nics to establish the CSC and spiritual support groups across the church for disciples of all ages including the transition of some existing small groups and establishing new groups
  • Undertake the leadership of the Community, establishing effective growth strategies for growth in discipleship, growth in service and growth in number for members of the community
  • Produce materials and learning for spiritual support groups - including the aim of developing a digital app for this purpose – focusing on the five rhythms of grace: prayer, study, hospitality, justice and evangelism including the modelling of each of these rhythms and enabling training where necessary.
  • Supervise and encourage the leaders of Spiritual Support Groups
  • Roll out the CSC as a discipleship framework across the deanery and diocese working with the Diocesan and Deanery leadership teams - both of whom have expressed explicit support for the CSC.
  • Work collaboratively with the leadership of Durham Cathedral as the CSC grows beyond St Nics
  • Lead and line manage a team of two Youth Missioners and two ministry experience volunteers in overseeing their work, setting milestones and overseeing their discipleship.
  • Develop a programme of church wide events for members of the CSC including commissioning, prayer and other services.
  • As a member of the Leadership Team at St Nics share responsibility for the delivery of the church’s fourfold vision of Discipleship, evangelism, Justice and Service 4
  • Work alongside the Vicar to support other missional leaders and resource churches across the diocese through the receiving and offering of learning and best practice
  • Where appropriate be prepared to lead and/or preach at established Sunday (or other) services both at St Nics and also across the deanery and diocese.
  • Liaise with and learn from other discipleship communities eg Community of St Anselm, Community of St Egidio in establishing best practise and future vision
  • Be a committed and mature Christian with an active and sustaining prayer life and openness to the Spirit.
  • Have demonstrable experience of leading and discipling other Christians
  • Have demonstrable experience of evangelism
  • Be a confident communicator as a witness to the risen Christ in word and deed
  • Have an understanding of Christian spirituality across different traditions
  • Demonstrate a track record of leadership within a variety of contexts
  • Have undertaken study in theology and/or ministry to degree level
  • Have a focused and disciplined approach to work with the ability to prioritise tasks and work to deadlines
  • Be capable of engagement and debate in coming to corporate decisions and whole-hearted commitment to implementing and supporting them once made
  • Be secure and confident in times of change
  • Be computer literate and familiar with social media
  • Be committed to and have a good understanding of Safeguarding in relation to the Church of England’s Policies and Guidance
  • Have demonstrable experience of pastoral care
  • Have experience of leading and facilitating learning groups in a variety of settings
  • Have a focused and disciplined approach to work with the ability to
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of discipleship practices and spiritual formation
  • Have experience of teaching/discipling young people and adults

St Nic’s has a home in the centre ground of evangelical Anglicanism

in the heart of the City of Durham. As part of the Church of England we have a diverse community of 300 regular Sunday attenders across all age

Having recently been designated a resource church by the Diocese of Durham, St Nics is in an exciting time of both transition and growth.

A key part of our vision is the establishment of a discipleship community at St Nics focused on the establishing and renewal of intentional discipleship for new and existing Christians starting at St Nics and with the aim of rolling this discipleship framework across the Deanery and Diocese.

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