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Positions Available in the Diocese of The Arctic

Bishop David Parsons is inviting applications for the following positions.

Please ensure that you provide the following information with your application:

  • If you are resident outside of the Diocese of The Arctic, a signed statement confirming that you have received permission from your bishop to make application to this diocese;
  • A current curriculum vitae;
  • A completed Diocese of The Arctic Application Form, available by contacting the Executive Archdeacon, the Ven. Alexander Pryor, at exe_officer@arcticnet.org or by clicking here.
  • The names and contact information for three references. As a matter of courtesy and due diligence, we will be contacting the existing or former bishops of those who have been short-listed.

You will be notified to confirm that we have received your application.  We would ask you not to contact the parishes directly.

Applications for each vacancy will be received until an appointment is made.

Rector – Fort Smith, Northwest Territories – Accepting Applications

Find on Google Maps: St John's Anglican Church - Google Maps

This is a full-time position with significant expectations regarding community outreach and growth in this established, self-supporting congregation.  The primary language of the community is English, and the community is connected to the South by road.  The Diocese of The Arctic expects a minimum commitment of three years for any candidate who receives reimbursement for moving expenses.

Fort Smith is a unique community in the diocese, being situated in the boreal forest and calling itself the “garden capital of the North” because of the long growing season and abundance of vegetation. 

Full details can be found in the Parish Profile, available here.

Rector – Yellowknife, Northwest Territories – Parish Profile in Development

Find on Google Maps: Anglican Church Holy Trinity Yellowknife - Google Maps

This is a full-time position in the largest city in the North.  The established, self-supporting congregation seeks to re-connect with the changing downtown neighbourhood, particularly by offering hope and healing through Christ to the large number of people struggling with homelessness and addiction.  There are countless opportunities for outreach.  With a large number of Inuit travelling to Yellowknife for medical care, there is a desire to launch an Inuktitut evening service with a time of fellowship to connect those who are in the city and away from family.  While the Cathedral is in Iqaluit, Holy Trinity Yellowknife is on the same block as the Diocesan Office, and as such, the Diocese seeks to develop Holy Trinity as a resource for training and hospitality for ministry leaders in the Western Arctic.

The Diocese of The Arctic expects a minimum commitment of three years for any candidate who receives reimbursement for moving expenses.

Parish profile in development.

Rector – Kangirsuk, Nunavik (Quebec) – Parish Profile in Development

Find on Google Maps: Kangirsuk - Google Maps

This is a full-time position in an Inuit village on the coast of Ungava Bay.  The parish has gone without full-time ministry for a while, but is so hungry for a minister that they fundraised and built a brand new Rectory in 2021!  Kangirsuk is the picture that comes to mind when you think of Arctic ministry: situated above the tree line on the tundra, the Anglican Church is the only congregation serving this vibrant town of 561 inhabitants.  Christian Education for children, and creating a space for youth to gather to hear, see, and experience the Gospel and find hope and purpose in Christ are priorities in this parish.  We’d expect a priest who is willing to go out and meet people where they are, getting to know the elders by name, and equipping the congregation to be fully involved in ministry.  A candidate for this community would need to be willing to learn Inuktitut, as many elders are unilingual, and even amongst younger people we want to do our part to keep the local language vibrant. 

Parish profile in development.

Information on Arctic Ministry

The Diocese of The Arctic serves 51 communities across a vast 3,500,000 km2.  Each region celebrates it’s own culture and traditions, while unemployment, lack of opportunities, insufficient government investment in housing, and the long-term effects of colonialism present various challenges across the North.  The Diocese of The Arctic seeks biblically-faithful, community-minded priests who are willing to engage in true parish ministry.  We’re calling clergy who will claim the entire town as a mission field, who will proactively find new and different ways to reach out beyond the walls of the church, who will find opportunities to open the church building as a place of Christ-filled hope and healing throughout the week, and who view Sunday morning as the time to call, equip, and empower the Body of Christ to realize the gifts God has given them and to take up their own share in the Great Commission.

We are a diocese that seeks to be faithful to the faith handed down from the apostles. We seek the active guidance of the Holy Spirit, and we’ve seen that fruitfulness that comes when we preach the truth with love, rather than following the popular trends of the day.

We all commit to work for the same stipend, set by the Council of the North, with length-of-service amounts earned each year, and responsibility amounts for those sharing the burden of leadership.  A cost-of-living-based location allowance ensures that those in remote communities are compensated equally to those in larger centres.  Clergy appointments include the provision of housing, as well as 6 weeks vacation, 1 week education leave, and an annual vacation travel allowance, in addition to pension, medical/vision/dental insurance, and access to an Employee and Family Assistance Plan providing confidential access to counselling and support.

Clergy receive their stipends as appointed officers of the diocesan corporation and members of the house of clergy of diocesan synod (rather than salaried “employees” in the secular sense), and as such must consent to abide by the Canons, Constitution, and policies of the diocese as a condition of their appointment. 

The clergy of the diocese come from a variety of backgrounds, but are united in our commitment as disciples of Jesus Christ ministering from the riches of the Anglican tradition.

Priests or transitional deacons in good standing with any diocese in the Anglican tradition may apply for positions in the Diocese of The Arctic.  Please note that we cannot support or sponsor un-ordained candidates for theological education from outside the Diocese, but welcome applications from current students in an accredited theological education program who are preparing for graduation.