It is the agreed policy of the House of Bishops that newly ordained ministers should serve at least three years in a training post before taking on a post of incumbent status.
You will find our policy and guidance for dioceses below:
After their first phase of training, ordinands need a ‘title post’ to which they will be ordained and in which they will continue their training as a curate.
For ordinands who have been ‘released’ by their sponsoring diocese and are seeking a title post in a different diocese, this page acts as a noticeboard of vacant positions. Click on the headings below for more information. Please use the contact details provided with each advert for more information on the post and how to apply. This list has the most recent notices at the top.
Guidance and support for candidates during this process is the responsibility of the ordinand’s TEI and sponsoring diocese, with the TEI normally taking the lead role when candidates are considering a title post in a different diocese, so please raise any questions or concerns with your TEI.
Current Curacy Openings
We are looking to appoint a curate with the specific aim of planting a new congregation over the next couple of years in an area of great missional opportunity.
This curacy will include all of the usual training opportunities which come with working in this varied and busy parish, including pastoral work, preaching and developing leadership skills; but with a clear focus on planting a new congregation.
Closing date 16 December 2020
We have just 1 Title Post left and available for 2021 and are happy to look at the skills, talents, and qualities of an unplaced ordinand rather than with a specific post in mind. If you would be interested in knowing more about the exciting plans we have for this diocese which covers most of South Yorkshire please contact the DDO.
For an initial conversation please contact:
Rev Stephen Hunter
Diocesan Director of Ordinands
0114 236 9978
0114 236 9978 or 07739 949473
Exeter has the following curacy positions available for 2021:
We are offering a training post for a deacon who expects to be ordained priest. (the parish welcomes the ministry of female priests) The experience will be mostly in the Parish of Holy Trinity and St Peter, Ilfracombe but will include opportunities within the Team Ministry (to include the parish of Bittadon, and the Coastal Parishes of Lee, Woolacombe and Mortehoe) and the Coast and Combe Mission Community (the Parishes of SS Philip and James, Ilfracombe, Bittadon and Combe Martin)
Originally situated in open countryside with the congregation travelling along muddy country lanes in horse-drawn vehicles or on foot, St Pancras, Pennycross, now stands well within the built-up area of the city of Plymouth. A high proportion of the housing in the parish was established during the 50’s and 60’s as part of the local authority’s efforts to replace housing lost during the Plymouth blitz and to provide homes for returning servicemen and the inevitable baby boom. Some homes are still inhabited by the original occupants, who are now quite elderly, and others by second or third generation occupants with quite young families. Two large new housing developments within the parish have been completed within the last five years, leading to an influx of new families to the area.
Training includes the Diocese of Exeter’s IME programme, learning in collaboration with other curates across the city and the diocese, and opportunities to do placements in other churches in different traditions and contexts.
We are looking to appoint a curate who will help us grow as we seek to become an intercultural worshipping community (IWC). IWCs are missional church communities where people from different cultural and ethnic heritage deliberately interact with one another to deepen their understanding and experience of God and each other.
We encourage applications from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) candidates, who are currently under-represented in the organization.
This curacy will include all of the usual training opportunities which come with working in this varied and busy parish, including pastoral work, preaching and developing leadership skills; but with a clear focus on helping us grow interculturally.
St Mark’s Coventry is a city centre resource church, planted through the HTB network from Gas Street Birmingham, in October 2017. The church has grown significantly to around 275 people including many young people and students. St Mark’s is poised to move on to the next stage on its journey, particular into church planting.
As a church our vision is to see people find faith, be set free, and Coventry flourish. We long to implement this vision, not just at St Mark’s, but in other churches too – whilst bearing in mind the specific context they are in.
We are hoping to plant a number of churches in the next few years, in collaboration with the diocese. This will be supported by a ‘Strategic Development Fund’ grant from the Church Commissioners that will run from 2021 – 2026. The plan is that each plant will be part of a St Mark’s network of churches, operating as a team ministry – ensuring there is a high level of support and shared resource to facilitate mission.
The precise location of the plants has yet to be agreed, but they are almost certainly going to be urban, and likely to be set in reasonably deprived parts of the Coventry. Each plant will be well resourced, with an ordained leader, core staff and project funding.
To launch each plant – we are looking for a number of curates with a passion to plant churches. It is likely that the first year or so of the curacy will be spent at St Mark’s, honing skills and developing experience. During this time, we would want to start conversations with the curate as to where they might want to plant. Once the right opportunity emerges, the curate would plant whilst remaining part of the wider team with all the support that this would bring.
For further information, contact Richard Cooke, DDO, at [email protected], tel. 07952544820.
St. Pauls, Leamington is evangelical, seeking to embrace the best of a conservative view of the authority of scripture, together with a charismatic determination to “eagerly desire” spiritual gifts. It is normal on a Sunday to have different people talk about encountering God through the worship, the preaching and prayer ministry afterwards. We have a wonderful mix of people from almost every denominational background, as well as people with no church background.
We are looking for a high-capacity Curate who will fit well with our values and be energised by leading and equipping others for ministry, and helping us to become a church-planting resource church. As well as general parish ministry, we hope that the Curate will have significant ministry responsibility and oversight according to their gifting and calling, which could include any of: alpha, small groups, students and young adults, the evening service, prophetic ministry and prayer, social action, worship, our intern program and more. It is possible that they will be called to lead a church-plant from St. Paul’s. As part of the Senior Leadership Team, they will also be able to contribute to the overall strategy for St Paul’s.
For further information, please either email the Principal of the Coventry Training Partnership, the Revd Canon Dr Richard Cooke on [email protected] (Tel: 07952544820) or the Incumbent, the Revd Jonathan Jee, on [email protected] (Tel. 01926 772132).
The Benefice of Embleton with Rennington and Rock
An opportunity to serve in an area of outstanding natural beauty along the breath-taking coast of Northumberland as new Mission and Ministry Team is created. This provides an exciting context in which a resilient, outward looking, enthusiastic and collaborative Curate would have plenty of opportunity to learn, grow and be prepared for the next stage.
Holy Trinity Jesmond
Opened up to God and opened out to others
Holy Trinity Jesmond is a lively, open evangelical church in the heart of the city of Newcastle, offering attractive Jesus-focussed worship, confident Biblical discipleship and creative Spirit-led mission opportunities. Much more detail is provided in the accompanying profile which also gives a strong flavour of our mission, ministry and priorities.
DIOCESE OF LINCOLN, ST WULFRAM’S CHURCH GRANTHAM
St Wulfram’s Grantham, a cathedral-like Major Parish Church in the inclusive catholic tradition of the Church of England, seeks to appoint two Catholic Missioners (planting curates) to play a part in the bold new diocesan programme to resource the urban church, funded in part by the national church’s Strategic Development Fund. As a Centre for Formation in Catholic Mission, St Wulfram’s will plant/revitalise three urban churches in the Diocese of Lincoln. A third Catholic Missioner will be recruited in 2022.
The Catholic Missioners will be based at St Wulfram’s for three years before moving to the plant locations. While at St Wulfram’s, they will work closely with the Rector, Associate Rector, PCC and leadership team, supporting the development of St Wulfram’s as a resource church. Upon moving, the Catholic Missioners will continue to receive support from St Wulfram’s and the SDF programme board. The aim for each plant within the programme is to grow by 150 people and become self-sustaining within five years.
The role is likely to support both those seeking a first training curacy, as well as those coming to the end of, or who have recently completed their first curacy.
Click here to read more about these opportunities.
This is an exciting and challenging time to come to the Parish of Herne Bay, the person who comes as a curate will have the advantage of seeing a growing church and with people growing in commitment to Christ and one another - this growing and development will involve the whole staff team seeing God at work in people’s lives. The Parish loves its clergy and offers a supportive environment to learn skills in ministry and to deepen faith. The staff team and vicar offer support, encouragement and experience in ministry.
Click here to read more about this opportunity.
St Matthews, The Minster and St Luke’s Cheltenham is an evangelical benefice at the heart of the lively town of Cheltenham. The curacy will focus on St Matthew’s and The Minster with some involvement at St Luke’s.
We are at an exciting time in the life of our churches with the current incumbent 2 ½ years into his ministry, a new vision, ‘To be passionate about Jesus’ and four ministry priorities firmly in place: discipleship, prayer and worship, outreach and community. As we emerge from lockdown, we have five strategic aims: to rebuild the community life of the church after lockdown, to double the number of young adults, students and younger families, develop the Minister as a missional hub for the town centre, develop missional opportunities with other churches in the town centre and to care for creation. In these we are seeking to fulfil the Diocesan Life Vision of seeking life in all its fulness.
The curate will be part of the church’s strategic leadership team. They will need to be an evangelical Christian committed to the authority and sufficiency of Scripture; have excellent pastoral and teaching gifts, be secure in themselves and hold their convictions with generosity. They will need to be willing to take on responsibility for our ministry to young adults, students and younger families.
They will receive an excellent training in all areas of parish ministry which will equip them for a life of ordained ministry. They will also have great fun and be well supported by a great ministry team and church family.
For further information please contact:
The incumbent, The Rev’d Richard Coombs, Rector of Cheltenham [email protected] 01242 703154 or
Revd Ann Sargent, Diocesan Director of Ordinands, Diocese of Gloucester [email protected] 07950 840141