Canon for Mission and Faith Development - Liverpool Cathedral

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Liverpool Cathedral
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The Bishop of Liverpool is looking to appoint an experienced, collaborative priest as Residentiary Canon for Mission and Faith Development at Liverpool Cathedral.

This is a new post which aims to support all people connected with the cathedral to encounter a deeper relationship with a loving God, encourage each congregation to continue to grow in number and spiritual depth, and ensure that the Cathedral’s work with children and young people continues to grow and thrive.

Closing date: 5pm 31st January 2019
Interviews: 15th February 2019
(Candidates should make sure that they are also free on the afternoon of 7th February.)

Liverpool Cathedral is an iconic building which has prayer and worship at the heart of cathedral life. We are known as a place of creativity and encounter which make us a busy place. Up to 500,000 people a year encounter Liverpool Cathedral in one form or another which gives plenty of opportunity to reach out to new people.

Under the leadership of our new Dean, the Very Revd Dr Sue Jones (in post from May 2018) Liverpool Cathedral is refocussing our strategic aim towards the concept of encounter. The cathedral remains a place built “by the people, for the people, to the glory of God” working towards two ambitious goals – to double our worshipping communities and to raise £24m by July 2024.

The cathedral is looking for an experienced priest who can enhance and develop the cathedral’s mission. The successful candidate will be a team player with excellent communication skills. They will play a full part in cathedral life. They will have a modern, well maintained townhouse in Cathedral Close.

Liverpool is a dynamic, vibrant, world class city renowned for football and music but experiencing a great deal more. A cultural city with top class museums, universities and an iconic waterfront noted for its resilience, humour and huge cultural events there is always something going on in Liverpool. And Liverpool Cathedral is at the heart of most of that.

Liverpool Cathedral is looking for a priest ordained for 6 years who will:

  • create opportunities for visitors, enquirers and committed Christians to encounter Jesus
  • oversee our different worshipping communities and plant new congregations
  • coordinate discipleship programmes and evangelism initiatives
  • participate fully in cathedral life and on Chapter
  • train and resource future lay leaders.

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • excellent team working and collaborative skills
  • confident articulation around the Christian faith
  • energy, integrity, talent and humour
  • proven leadership, faith development and education experience
  • ability to lead and participate in worship in a variety of liturgical styles.

Experience in a large parish church or cathedral would be desirable but not essential.

For more information about this application process, please use this link

For many years we have been working to achieve growth in our diocese. We have used different ways to express this but the aim and direction of travel has remained the same – consistent with the whole of the Church of England. When Bishop Paul was installed he adopted our growth agenda refreshing it by saying ‘we are asking God for a bigger church so we can make a bigger difference; more people knowing Jesus more justice in the world’

This is how we express our mission.

We think we will achieve this mission if we have:

100 new congregations
1,000 new leaders
10,000 disciples

to help us do this we are calling every worshipping Christian in our diocese to:

  • sign up to the Bishop of Liverpool’s rule of life which will encourage and support us to Pray, Read, Learn, Tell, Serve, Give
  • bring 1 friend into the regular worshipping and serving life of the church (bring one friend)
  • do 10 acts of service or find 10 new points of connection beyond the walls of the church (do ten things)“.