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Vicar of the United Benefice of St Paul’s Drighlington and St Peter’s Gildersome


Our vision as the Diocese, is about confident clergy equipping confident Christians to live and tell the good news of Jesus Christ. For all of our appointments we are seeking clergy who have a joyful and confident faith which has inspired a track record of church growth.

The parishes of Drighlington and Gildersome have worked increasingly together with one priest since 2013, and have developed a remarkably strong sense of unity. A scheme to form a united benefice of two parishes under the Mission and Pastoral Measure is currently being processed and should come into effect before the new priest takes office. It is important that the new priest should respect and value both traditions and happily encourage each to flourish in complementarity.

There is a wealth of committed lay leadership. This brings its own challenge of harnessing the energies and focusing the direction of a diverse team, ensuring that all voices are heard and respected. It is important not to avoid conflicts that inevitably arise but to handle them well and creatively. The new priest must be a strong manager and leader of people, providing effective supervision and continuing training to colleagues lay and ordained.

It is intended that the priest will be a training incumbent for a curate.

Post Introduction

The Bishop of Leeds wishes to appoint an experienced priest to lead these two churches which are keen to move into their next phase of growth, mission and community engagement.

We are looking for a new vicar who is:

  • Excited about sharing Jesus
  • A collaborative leader who will share responsibility and help us to grow as confident disciples
  • A good organiser and communicator
  • Keen to embrace the remarkable unity which already exists and focus outwards on growth

Role Responsibility

  • To share with the Bishop both in the cure of souls and in responsibility, under God, for “building confident Christians, growing churches and transforming communities”
  • To have regard to the calling and responsibilities of the clergy as described in the Canons, the Ordinal, the Code of Professional Conduct for the Clergy and other relevant legislation including safeguarding
  • To build up the Kingdom of God in Drighlington and Gildersome by
    • helping to lead the congregation into growth in depth of discipleship, in numbers and in service to their local communities
    • creatively developing links with local communities so that the church becomes increasingly a sign of God’s love to all those who live in the parishes
    • leading in ministry and evangelism to the wider community, developing outreach strategies to create opportunities for individuals of all ages to discover God’s love for them and choose to become followers of Jesus Christ
    • discovering opportunities to work with the people of any faith and none for the ‘common good’ of the local neighbourhood as a whole.
    • undertaking parish priest duties including conducting funerals, weddings, baptisms and other occasional offices.
    • 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 Ideal Candidate

The person appointed will:

  • help us become a Benefice full of confidence and effective disciples of Jesus
  • have a pastoral heart.
  • be an inspirational leader of worship, comfortable with and able to embrace and value a range of worship styles
  • be a good organiser and communicator
  • be able to encourage us and nurture us in our Spiritual life and development
  • be a leader who will help us discern, develop and realise our mission priorities
  • be a visible presence in both villages
  • collaborate with us and enable us to reach out to the wider community, including local schools

2  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 Armley Deanery
  • Armley Deanery Chapter
  • The Diocesan Office team
  • The Mission and Ministry team
  • Clergy and lay colleagues
  • Churchwardens
  • Parochial Church Council
  • Ecumenical partners
  • Local community partners.

For an informal discussion, please contact

The Ven. Paul Ayers, Archdeacon of Leeds 07539 873940 email: paul.ayers@leeds.anglican.org

About Us

Following the formation of the Diocese of Leeds in 2014, priority was given to building appropriate structures, making key appointments and developing a shared vision. Attention is now turning to further development of diocesan strategy. Bishop Nick has asked a working group, chaired by Bishop Paul Slater, to facilitate this process.


The working group has proposed a strategy framework to enable the implementation of the shared diocesan vision Confident Christians, Growing Churches, Transforming Communities. The framework will also help the diocese to flourish as an arena for Loving, Living, Learning, in keeping with its value statement. The strategy framework will build on the Church of England’s current Renewal and Reform programme, whilst taking account of the challenges facing the diocese in the 21st century.

To find out more about our work in the community, visit our website here, or watch our video about year-long campaign to celebrate all that we are and all that we do here in the Diocese of Leeds.Called ‘We Are the Diocese of Leeds’, this short film reveals the rich and varied day in the life of our churches as they serve their communities where they are from dawn till dusk.




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