Team Rector of the United Benefice of Lofthouse, Methley with Mickletown, Oulton with Woodlesford and Rothwell (South East of Leeds) – to lead the team of four parishes, with main responsibility as parish priest of Rothwell. We are looking and praying for a Team Rector who will lead us, and bring new energy to support us in collaborating our Mission & Ministry across our four parishes.
We are looking for a leader who will:
- inspire us to create a vision and implement it
- help us to share the gospel and grow the church
- build collaborative mission across the team
- refresh our hope and confidence
- Leading in pastoral care, teaching, nurturing faith and the planning and leading of worship and preaching.
- Leading in ministry to all, from the elderly to young families and children.
- Developing productive partnership with local schools.
- Ensuring that appropriate worship, preaching and pastoral care is provided in the parishes.
- Encouraging lay ministry and the participation of our congregation in leading elements of worship and service.
- Encouraging Christian stewardship of people's time, money and abilities so that the ministry of the church is strengthened and enabled.
- Leading the administration of the parish and undertaking any other reasonable duties as appropriate.
The main part of the role is as parish priest of Rothwell itself. However, it is fair to say that collaboration across the team is not yet well developed, and the Team Rector will need to draw together lay and clergy to offer a coherent approach to reaching these communities with the gospel.
The lay leaders of Rothwell are honest about the challenges. They recognise that they need to grow. They feel the lack of a mission plan and a hopeful sense of direction, and the new Team Rector needs to help them to create this. When this happens, there are many points of connection in the community to build a culture of outreach and invitation.
There is a need for clearer leadership of the parish’s assets in money and buildings. Plans have been considered to improve the church and the parish centre, but the PCC feel themselves hampered by lack of money. Better management is needed to optimise existing assets and to develop stewardship and giving.
The Ideal Candidate
The person appointed will:
- Develop with lay and clergy colleagues an inspiring vision for mission, outreach and evangelistic growth.
Lead and support the Team Vicars in implementing the vision in their parishes.
Draw up a stretching but achievable mission plan for Rothwell.
Give clear leadership in the areas of buildings and finance.
Renew a sense of confidence in the gospel and the church.
Key working relationships
- The Bishop of Leeds
The Bishop of Richmond (with responsibility for the Leeds Episcopal Area)
The Archdeacon of Leeds
The Area Dean and Lay Chair of Whitkirk Deanery
Whitkirk Deanery Synod and Clergy Chapter
The Diocesan Office team
The Diocesan Mission and Ministry team
Clergy and lay colleagues
The four Parochial Church Council
The Team Council
Local community partners
All new appointees in the Diocese are required to undertake:
- The diocesan induction programme which includes diocesan training for safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.
- A course on presence and engagement in the context of other faiths.
- The residential “Leading Your Church into Growth” course (LYCiG).
For an informal discussion, please contact
The Ven. Paul Ayers, Archdeacon of Leeds 07539 873940 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Diversity across the team
For all our geographical closeness, each community has a distinct character. Rothwell was a large mining village which has grown into a significant suburban centre and feels like a small town. Lofthouse is a ribbon development of mining and agricultural communities along a main road where in recent decades many housing estates have grown up. Oulton with Woodlesford combines historic housing of the wealthy with some challenging estates and has a good selection of shops and other facilities. Methley is a large village set amidst the estate of its aristocratic lords of the manor which is joined with the mining centre of Mickletown where most people live.
Two parishes are in the Domesday Book, but all owe their population growth to coal mining and associated industries. They all now attract commuters into the cities and so all communities within the Team continue to grow.