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Rector of Hodder Valley (0.5 FTE) / Diocesan Rural Renewal Officer (0.5 FTE)

Vacancy Reference cofe/TP/70992/7158

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Office Holder
Combined £37,449 is made up of Stipend £15,158 (0.5 FTE) and Rural Renewal Officer salary £22,291(18 hours per week)
Working Hours:
3.5 days in the Parish 2.5 days in Diocese
Slaidburn / Blackburn
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Diocese of Blackburn
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We have a unique and exciting opportunity for a priest who has a heart for rural ministry, a spirit of adventure and a desire to support colleagues in bringing renewal and growth to rural benefices across the Diocese of Blackburn.  

Our Diocesan Vision Prayer is:7H1TTYTy4mJu6yD5jluiCfwtJ09mAKMeOdkl5IDd.jpg 
“Heavenly Father, we embrace Your call for us to make disciples, to be witnesses, 
to grow leaders and to inspire children and young people. Give us eyes to see Your vision, ears to hear the prompting of Your Spirit and courage to follow in the footsteps of your Son, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen”

We are looking for a priest who will split their time between being Rector of The Hodder Valley and a new and exciting role within the Diocese of Rural Renewal Officer.  The post of Rector will be (0.5 FTE) spending 3 ½ day in the parish and the Rural Renewal Officer post will be 18 hours per week usually worked over 2 ½ days.

As Rector you will live in the four-bedroom Rectory in the beautiful village of Slaidburn which is set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the Forest of Bowland, the newly formed and distinctively rural single Parish of the Hodder Valley covers one of the most unspoilt parts of Lancashire.  The parishes are “Lancashire Low” in tradition and the Patrons are Church Society Trust and Bishop of Blackburn.  Services are taken mainly from Common Worship. There is a church school in Slaidburn which is an important part of the ministry of the Rector.

As Rural Renewal Officer you will be employed by the Diocesan Board of Finance and will be based in the Diocesan offices, Clayton House in Blackburn.  Working alongside the Diocesan Parish Renewal Lead and other colleagues, you will develop a rural stream of the Diocesan Parish Renewal Programme, working with and supporting ordained and lay leaders in rural contexts to bring about renewal and growth. 

You can read more about the Hodder Valley Benefice in the parish profile and full details of the Rural Renewal Officer role including person specification can be found in the Job description 

Closing date: 11th July 2024 at 11am

Interviews will be held on: 8th August 2024

For an informal conversation about the posts, please contact:

Archdeacon of Blackburn, Mark Ireland Mark.Ireland@Blackburn.Anglican.Org

Parish Renewal Lead, Steve Haskett or 07379 195763

The Diocese of Blackburn believes that diversity enables us to thrive and develop and is committed to race equality, welcoming applications from UK Minority Ethnic/ Global Majority Heritage backgrounds  

The Diocese of Blackburn is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. All post holders and volunteers are expected to share this commitment. 

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