Incumbent for the Penhill Benefice

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Penhill Benefice

Trinity College and the Diocese of Leeds seek an Incumbent For The Penhill Benefice

The PENHILL BENEFICE is a family of four parishes covering 64 square miles of central Wensleydale. The scenery is stunning, the people are famously friendly and the local food is second to none. We also have the challenges of hidden poverty, unaffordable homes, low wages, and a lack of local public services. We are looking for a priest who has a calling to serve God in this setting, who:

  • has a heart for pastoral ministry, who will listen and understand different points of view
  • is a team leader and a team builder
  • will be a visible presence in our church and community
  • will value and develop lay ministry
  • will develop innovative ways of reaching our community with the Gospel message.

Our Mission Statement: The Penhill Benefice is committed to show the love of God and the saving grace of Jesus. We share together as the body of Christ, in prayer, worship, ministry and fellowship. In the power of the Holy Spirit we are called to mission and outreach and to be a support and comfort in the community.

For an informal conversation with the Area Bishop, or if you require any further information, please contact the office of the Bishop of Ripon, the Rt. Rev’d Dr Helen-Ann Hartley c/o Tel: 01765 601094

Closing date – Monday 3rd June

Shortlisting date – Wednesday 12th June

Interview date – Tuesday 18th June

The preferred candidate will meet with the Patron on Tuesday 25th June, 2.00 p.m., at Trinity College, Cambridge

Our priest will need to:

  • Ensure that a high standard of worship, preaching and pastoral care is provided so that people are encouraged and supported to grow in discipleship
  • Encourage stewardship of the time, talents and money of the worshipping community, to enable the ministry of the church to grow
  • Be a strong leader, with good listening skills, able to delegate when appropriate or necessary
  • Respond to the challenge of rural ministry and recognize the need to be an advocate for rural issues
  • Engage with congregations as teacher, preacher and a leader of prayer
  • Encourage, develop and nurture lay worship leaders so that they might be all that they might be, so that they can continue to support the ministry and mission of this Benefice
  • Care for those who are uneasy with the development of lay ministry
  • Understand the unique characteristics of each of our churches and work with these, whilst initiating change sensitively, when needed.
  • Be imaginative and creative in seeking opportunities to help the churches grow numerically by reaching out, and spiritually by encouragement and personal example
  • Support, and pray for, the Church of England school at West Burton and develop links with other local schools within the area
  • Engage with children and young people, leading and inspiring them so that they grow into confident Christians
  • Work with PCCs, together with clergy and laity, to ensure that the Benefice vision is shared and regularly reviewed with them.
  • Continue with work already begun on bringing the churches together and encouraging collaborative working
  • Find ways of providing relevant ministry in this area where deprivation is hidden, there is a lack of affordable housing and there are few opportunities for our young people to find employment above the minimum wage.
  • Chair meetings of the PCC and other groups and committees
  • Work with the Benefice Administrator, offering and receiving practical guidance. A Performance Appraisal in protected time should be conducted at least annually, together with an assessment of training needs

The Benefice is looking for someone who is able to demonstrate experience and proven competency in the following areas:

  • Leadership of teams
  • Leadership in the community
  • Sympathetic listening to the concerns of others
  • Demonstrable competence in ministry
  • Willing, honest and gracious in delegating and sharing ministry
  • Understanding and love of people (with all the differences that make them human) and a desire to lead them deeper into the mystery of God’s love.
  • Responsive to the needs of individuals of all ages and at different stages in their journey of faith
  • An open heart and open mind, in developing imaginative and creative ways of drawing people into church.
  • Motivating and encouraging others to discover and use their gifts
  • A sensitive and encouraging leader of worship, able to lead services with reverence and joy
  • A good listener

For more information about this application process, please use this link

The Anglican Diocese of Leeds comprises five Episcopal Areas, each coterminous with an Archdeaconry. This is now one of the largest dioceses in the country, and its creation is unprecedented in the history of the Church of England. It covers an area of around 2,425 square miles, and a population of around 2,642,400 people.

The three former dioceses were created in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to cater for massive population changes brought about by industrialisation and, later, mass immigration. The diocese comprises major cities (Bradford, Leeds, Wakefield), large industrial and post-industrial towns (Halifax, Huddersfield, Dewsbury), market towns (Harrogate, Skipton, Ripon, Richmond and Wetherby), and deeply rural areas (the Dales). The whole of life is here, along with all the richness, diversity and complexities of a changing world.

The Diocesan Bishop (The Rt Rev’d Nick Baines) is assisted by five Area Bishops (Bradford, Huddersfield, Kirkstall, Wakefield and Ripon), and five archdeacons (Bradford, Halifax, Leeds, Pontefract, Richmond & Craven).

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, both numerically and spiritually.