Senior Minister (Rector), Parish of Break O’Day

Rector
Anglican Parish of Break O’Day, Tasmania

Location: St Helens, St Mary’s, Pyengana
(approximately 2 hours east of Launceston; 1 hour north of Bicheno)

Job Type: Full-time

Closing Date: when filled

About Break O’Day

One of Tasmania’s premier holiday spots, the Anglican Parish of Break O’Day includes the stunning Bay of Fires, as well as the north east towns of St Helens and St Mary’s, as well as the farming community of Pyengana. Tourism and agriculture are the main industries.

St Helens is the largest town in the region with around 2000 people calling it home, but with St Mary’s and Pyengana, the population of the parish is around 6000. Around 20% of the population is under 20, and nearly half the population is over 55 years old – this is a popular spot for mainlanders and Tasmanians wanting to retire!

The northeast of Tasmania is in the middle of reinventing itself as a holiday haven for everyone from beach lovers to mountain bikers, with many towns in the region investing in developing significant mountain bike infrastructure. Over the warmer months, the population in the region swells to over 15,000.

About the Parish

The parish is excited to be recruiting for their first full time Minister in over 20 years in part thanks to a grant from the Diocesan New Ministries Development Fund. For the last two decades, ministry in this region has been overseen by a group of committed local Christians.

The Anglican Parish of Break O’Day is an evangelical parish with two weekly services – one traditional service at St Helens and one more contemporary service at St Mary’s. There is also a monthly service at Pyengana.

There are a number of small groups meeting to study the Bible and pray for each other and the wider community. A couple of people have recently become Christians!

The parish has a good relationship with Worldview College in Launceston (a missionary training college) and students from there often visit St Helens and St Mary’s as part of their training. They often assist with outreach and schools ministry. There are lots of opportunities to see these occasional ministries developed into more consistent programs.

The parish is looking for a leader who can work with us to imagine and create new ministries to reach the generations in our area who are not currently part of our church.

For more details about the parish, the stipend and full package, please see the Parish Profile.

About You

You have a vision for reaching a rural area of Tasmania with the good news of Jesus Christ. We would like to employ someone who can come alongside us to innovatively and energetically lead and encourage us in making disciples of Jesus in Break O’Day.

Essential Criteria:

  • 3 or 4 year degree from a theological college
  • Ordained in the Anglican Church (or willing to be)
  • Able to preach and teach from the Bible
  • Able to lead people in making disciples of Jesus
  • Experience leading volunteers in a church context
  • Self-motivated
  • Team player
  • Able to work with technology

Desirable:

  • Experience starting or revitalising ministries

About the Diocese

Bishop Richard Condie, the current Bishop, wants making disciples of Jesus to be at the core of everything we do. He also highly values training and support for church leaders – this includes each ministry leader in the Diocese having a Professional Supervisor, being in a cohort with others at the same life/ministry stage, and money and time given from the parish for professional development each year.

The current group of clergy/ministry leaders (about 80 in total) meet together twice a year and are highly supportive of each other in gospel partnership.

Find out more at the Anglican Diocese of Tasmania website.

Conditions

  • Information about stipends and allowances in the Diocese is found here
  • Housing or a housing allowance will be provided
  • Appointment will be subject to fulfilling Safe Church Communities requirements, including a Tasmanian Working with Vulnerable People Card and completion of a satisfactory Safe Ministry Screening Check.

How to apply

Please send applications including a resume, a response to the parish profile, and 2-3 referees to personnel@anglicantas.org.au.

For further information, please contact Mr James Oakley, Diocesan Registrar, by email at registrar@anglicantas.org.au or by phone on (03) 6220 2019.

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