Vocations Development Officer and Director of Ordinands appointed
The Diocese of Carlisle has appointed a new Vocations Development Officer and Director of Ordinands.
The Rev’d Peter Clement comes to the post after eight and a half years as Director of Ordinands in the Dioceses of Ripon and Leeds, and latterly West Yorkshire and the Dales.
His appointment is a central one for the God for All strategy, an ecumenical and strategic initiative to help people in Cumbria discover more of God and God’s purpose for their lives, and help make and grow disciples.
Peter, aged 50, said: “I’m very excited at the thought of coming to Cumbria and working as part of a team that is moving forward.
“There’s an understanding that together we’re facing some big challenges in bringing as many people as possible to have the chance to explore more of God through the God for All strategy. But there’s a tremendous energy and positivity about the working through of that vision.”
Peter will develop a Vocations Strategy to encourage, discern and foster vocations for lay and ordained ministry, and help everyone to explore what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.
As part of this work he will also oversee the development of a Vocations Team which will support those people who want to explore how they’re being called to serve.
The appointment is a key marker in the development of the God for All strategy which will also see greater emphasis placed on the development of lay ministry across all partner Anglican, Methodist and United Reformed churches
Peter said: “During my time as a Director of Ordinands in Ripon and Leeds we developed a team of vocations advisers which was a much more pro-active way to work.
“This means people go and meet the advisers first before coming to see me. By doing this people don’t just think that discerning vocation is about wearing a dog collar.
“We’re all called to serve – it’s not just about ordained ministry - and the team approach can really help people to develop their callings in different ways.”
Touching on the ecumenical aspect of God for All, Peter added: “Working together with other denominations is really important. I was brought up as a Methodist until I was 14 and I trained for ministry in an ecumenical college.
“I have always had very positive relations with other ministers and churches and I’m really pleased that the Diocese of Carlisle is forging the way in this regard.”
Peter, who is a Third Order Franciscan, was born in south London where he lived until he went to the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology to study construction management.
He was a trainee quantity surveyor but felt a calling to ministry and was ordained at the age of 27. He has worked in five dioceses prior to moving to the Diocese of Carlisle.
The Bishop of Penrith, the Right Reverend Robert Freeman, said: “We’re thrilled that Peter has felt God calling him to this work across Cumbria.
“Peter has a proven track record in helping people explore what God wants them to do with their lives, whether that is through their ordinary work on Monday or through something like a vocation to be ordained. We want everyone in Cumbria to have the chance to discover what God wants for them in their lives.
“We are facing times of change but these are also exciting times and I know that Peter brings tremendous skills and expertise to a role that will help us connect who we are with our desire to serve God and make God known.”
Peter is married to Kate and they have three children, all of school age. The family is now looking to move to the Penrith area. He will work out of Church House when the Diocese’s administrative offices are relocated from Carlisle to Penrith by August 2016.
Peter starts in post on September 14 and will be officially licensed at Diocesan Synod in October.
The God for All vision:
By 2020 every person in Cumbria of all ages and backgrounds will have had an opportunity to discover more of God and God’s purpose for their lives, so that they will discover more of Jesus and the Good News and become followers of Jesus within a Christian community.
For more on the God for All initiative visit www.godforall.org.uk.
For further information please contact Dave Roberts, Diocesan Communications Manager, on 07469 153658, 01228 815401 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.