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The history of Presbyterianism in Ireland can be traced back to 1613. The first Non-Subscribing Presbytery was formed in 1725 and our most notable historical leader, Dr. Henry Montgomery (pictured left), took a leading part in the controversy in the 1820's that led to the formation of the Non-Subscribing Remonstrant Synod of Ulster. Our Church refuses to impose compulsory subscription to any man-made creeds in respect of a person's Christian faith. Our ethos is 'faith guided by reason and conscience' and we advocate liberal and tolerant Christianity.

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Vacancy for

First Presbyterian Church (Non-Subscribing) – Dromore, BT25 1AG

Salary: £ 23,220 per annum, plus £ 6,000 Manse allowance 

The Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland is a small but significant denomination with a historical witness to liberal Christianity. This outgoing, welcoming congregation invites applicants for the full-time position of Minister.

Job Description: Seeking a full-time Ordained Minister of Religion to uphold the theological outlook of the congregation, planting vision and outreach efforts into the community.

Job Duties & Responsibilities:

• Conduct liturgical duties – plan, prepare and preside at worship/services – based at the Dromore church and other public venues

• Participate in corporate and individual prayer

• Exercise a pastoral ministry – in crisis and in regular pastoral care/oversight

• Conduct Home, Hospitals, Residential and Nursing Care visits to members of the community

• Conduct Occasional Offices (Baptisms, Communions, Weddings, Funerals) 

• Respond to events/ crisis within local community appropriately

• Deal with conflict compassionately

• Cooperate and work alongside clergy of other denominations in local community 

• Enable the church to grow its vision for the outworking of mission and service within the local community

• Facilitate the process of vision-building including guiding and managing the processes of change

• Inspire the church in mission including social justice, and service. Provide support for all regardless of Class or creed

Administration and Organisation:

• Fund raising 

• Lead study/discussion groups 

• Chair and participate in, meetings etc 

• Participate in wider structures of church

Personal Development:

• Engage with ongoing professional & ministerial training, both one’ s own and facilitating that of others

• Have a commitment to personal, spiritual and theological growth

• Have an ability to identify and nurture the gifts/skills of others

• Work openly with difference, diversity and challenge

Set own Boundaries and Priorities: 

• Maintain appropriate boundaries between public and personal life

• Create space and time for being resourced spiritually and physically

• Develop opportunities for personal recreation e.g. sport, or music

• Cope with irregular working patterns and hours

Denominational Responsibilities:

• Be willing to carry out other duties as required from time to time (such as Minister in Charge of a Vacant Congregation) as may be required by the Presbytery or Synod

Essential Qualifications and Experience:

• Ordained Minister with at least 5 years experience in the Christian Ministry

• Have previous experience of preaching in a Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland within the past 3 years

• Be acceptable to at least two thirds of the congregation eligible to vote and who are present on the day the mind of the congregation is taken

• Be able and willing to accept the Constitution and Code of Discipline of the Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland

• Have a liberal Christian Theological position and be inclusive in the Christian views he or she holds

• Have a commitment to Ecumenism and have had involvement in working with other Christian Denominations

• Have previous experience in working as a youth pastor engaging with deprived communities

• Have previous experience of working with other Faith Communities

• Have good communication skills and have a good rapport with both adults and young people in the congregation and the community


• Hold a Master's degree or above in Theology or Divinity with an additional qualification in ministry or equivalent

• Have a musical aptitude with some talent as an instrumentalist

• Be willing to reside within community of First Presbyterian Church, Dromore (Non-Subscribing)

Job Type: Full-time Salary: £23,220

Required Qualifications:

• Ordained Minister with at least 5 years experience

Required Language:

• English 

* This post is exempt under the Equality Act 2010, Schedule 9, Part 1

*An enhanced Access NI Disclosure will be required for successful candidates

Application Method:

An up to date CV and cover letter highlighting how you meet the requirements of upholding the theological values and how you can contribute positively to the ethos of the Dromore congregation should be sent to The Clerk of the Presbytery of Bangor, Rev Ian Gilpin, The Manse 15 Windmill Hill, Comber, Newtownards, Co Down, BT23 5WH

CLOSING DATE: 5 March 2017







Rt. Rev. Chris Wilson

Contact Address:
48 Church Road,
BT23 6BA
Northern Ireland


Rev. Robert McKee

Contact Details:
Bellahill House,
10 Dalways Bawn Road
BT38 9BY