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Appointment of Tutor in Ministerial Studies, Harris Manchester College, Oxford

Harris Manchester College seeks to appoint a Tutor in Ministerial Studies, for a fixed term of three years, beginning in September 2022. Applications are invited from ministers on the roll of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches.

The college is looking for an innovative and creative person who can help us and the Unitarian denomination think boldly about the nature of ministerial training and ministry for the churches not only today but in the future. HMC is able to offer a very wide array of resources, both from its own academic staff and via the University of Oxford more broadly, to help develop ministers so that they are equipped to deal with the challenges of life and faith in contemporary society. We seek a colleague with initiative, who will work with us to grasp this opportunity in exciting ways, and also seek ways of collaborating with the Unitarian College and others in the denomination. The Tutor in Ministerial Studies will especially work with, and be supported by, the College’s Ministerial Training Committee (the Principal, Senior Tutor, and Tutor in Philosophy).

The primary responsibility of the Tutor in Ministerial Studies will be to plan, design and oversee the training programme for ministerial students. We also hope that this person will be able to think about how HMC may be able to meet the wider needs of the Unitarian movement for continuing ministerial education, mid-career training, research partnerships and, possibly, leadership training for laypeople. The Tutor is also responsible for attending the interview panel held by the General Assembly for ministerial training, and we hope that part of their participation there will be to convey our vision and excitement for the future, and enable candidates to understand what is distinctive about training at HMC.

The Tutor will be a member of the Governing Body of the college, and is required to attend its meetings (usually three per term), and take full responsibility as a trustee.

The position is currently part time with a salary of £11, 300, and past incumbents have held it in conjunction with another ministerial post. However, we are open to other configurations of the position and, if the person were able to minister to the Chapel Society on some Sundays and contribute in other ways, it is possible that the salary could be increased.

Applications for the post should include (1) a covering letter (2) a full c.v. and (3) a one-page statement with your vision for the post.

Applications should be sent to the Principal, Professor Jane Shaw via her PA, Kate Wilson:, by Monday January 31st 2022 at 5 p.m. It is envisioned that interviews will take place in February 2022. Questions may be directed to the Principal (at but it should be noted that the college will be closed from December 20 to January 4.