Vacancy: Pastor

Job TitlePastor
Line Management and AccountabilitySenior Leadership Team (SLT)
Hours of WorkFull time
Salary£40,000 – £45,000 yearly
Deadline for applications16th May, 2023

Mowbray Community Church (MCC) is a grace-based community church in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, seeking to freely worship God, love one another and serve our neighbours both locally and globally. MCC has been established for over 100 years and is an active community church of all ages with a vibrant children’s, youth and young adult’s ministry, outreach to toddlers and parents, over 55’s group, host to CAP debt centre, Foodbank and other community outreach activities. Presently we meet in person and online with a combined attendance of over 250 regular attendees.

We are looking for an engaging teacher who is grounded in God’s word and able to communicate effectively to all ages. In addition to having comprehensive experience of Bible teaching and application, the person will also be experienced in listening to God’s voice and being open to the work of the Holy Spirit within the life and ministry of MCC.

We are looking for someone with a pastoral / servant heart who is able to co-ordinate a team of pastoral carers.

We are looking for someone who has a heart for world mission as we seek to fulfill the Great Commission.

We are looking for someone who is passionate about growing disciples and leaders.

We are looking for someone to engage with, motivate and work alongside our staff team and who has the relevant administrative and operational skills to achieve this.

Does this sound like you? If so, we would love to hear from you!

We are seeking to appoint a Pastor who will serve MCC as a teacher and a member of the Senior Leadership Team, and who will take a lead role in pastoral, discipleship and related administrative / operational areas. The Pastor will also take an active role in MCC’s vision for mission – local, regional, national and international.

The person we are looking for will have experience at Pastor or Associate Pastor level, will be able to relate to people of all ages and work closely with the Senior Leadership Team. You will have a formal Bible College education / qualification and be able to teach from the bible in an engaging way, incorporating practical application. The Pastor will have a servant heart and a desire to build a community of God’s people to love and to serve.

You will also have clear leadership skills and the ability to encourage and work alongside our existing Staff Team and volunteer Ministry Leads. Our current staffing team consists of Office Manager, Operations Manager, Youth Ministry Leader, Children’s Ministry Leader and CAP Debt Centre Manager.

MCC operates a collaborative leadership style, with the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) taking overall responsibility. The SLT is supported by the Ministry and Operations Team who focus on the operational aspect of the church.

Purpose of the job

The Pastor is to serve Mowbray Community Church as a teacher and member of the Senior Leadership Team, and co-ordinate and integrate all aspects of the work of MCC. The Pastor will be accountable to the Senior Leadership Team under God.

Principal Duties

Strategic Oversight

  • Work with the Senior Leadership Team (SLT), staff and congregation to help define and implement the vision and strategy for MCC;
  • In conjunction with the SLT, oversee, co-ordinate and integrate all aspects of the work of MCC;
  • Propose, develop and lead the introduction of innovative ministries.

Preaching and Teaching

  • Take a lead role in the preaching and teaching of the church, consistent with the church’s “Statement of Faith”, that is meaningful, relevant and full of practical application;
  • Propose the preaching plan, incorporating the preaching team, and including an annual programme of events;

Pastoral Care

  • Take overall responsibility for the co-ordination and implementation of pastoral care across the church, especially to those in leadership roles;
  • Develop, integrate and manage the use of spiritual gifts in MCC;
  • Conduct baptisms, weddings, baby thanksgivings and funerals for MCC members;
  • Interview, approve and welcome new members.


  • In conjunction with the Mission Action Team, oversee and develop MCC’s mission activities and provide pastoral care for our mission partners at home and/or abroad;
  • Engage with the community of Harrogate and develop relationships with other churches and like-minded organisations in line with MCC’s vision.

Discipleship & Leadership

  • Help MCC grow as intentional followers of Jesus through worship, prayer, learning, service and outreach;
  • Encourage, equip and train MCC to make new disciples and leaders for Christ.

Administrative / Operational

  • Collaborate with the staff to promote the ministry plan of the church, including the facilitation of regular staff meetings;

Personal Care

  • Be willing to attend supervision (mentoring/counselling) at regular intervals with a local Christian counselling agency for reflection, debriefing and self-care;
  • Maintain accountability in all aspects of life: spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional, relational and financial;
  • Model healthy self-care through patterns of prayer, retreat and work/life balance.

Person Specification

  • Be a baptised believer with a personal commitment to the Lordship of Jesus Christ;
  • Be a man of good character whose life displays the fruit of the Spirit;
  • Hold the highest standards of personal integrity and accountability;
  • Effectiveness at delegating and empowering those in their purview;
  • Have a deep knowledge of God’s Word, how to communicate it and how to apply it;
  • Have experience of, and sensitivity to, the guiding, teaching and healing work of God the Holy Spirit;
  • Have the ability to manage their own time, incorporating space for prayer and retreat;
  • Have a formal Bible College education / qualification;
  • Have a minimum of 3-5 years’ experience at Associate Pastor or Pastor level;
  • Ability to work effectively in a team led church culture, being able to find consensus and unity within a team leadership;
  • Relates well to people of all ages and different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds;
  • A clear and demonstrable passion for mission – local, national and international;
  • Passion for leading a growing church to achieve its God-given vision to grow leaders, disciples and mission impact locally and globally;
  • Demonstrates creativity and innovation of approach to their vocation in communications, teaching, problem solving and novel approaches to evangelism and outreach.
  • The Pastor shall engage in continuing professional development, as well as ensuring all MCC leadership have development opportunities.


If you are interested in being the Pastor at MCC, please reply to with your CV, and a covering letter that addresses the following:

  • Why you believe you would be a good fit for this role, including how God has led you and been shaping you up to this point in life.
  • The strengths, skills, qualifications, experience and expertise that would equip you to perform the role well.
  • What most excites you about taking on the role and what would be your key priorities.