Priest in Charge for the Benefice of Gargrave with Coniston Cold and Kirkby in Malhamdale

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Gargrave with Coniston Cold and Kirkby Malhamdale

Priest in Charge of Gargrave with Coniston Cold and Kirby in Malhamdale. These parishes, to be united in the proposed Upper Aire benefice, sit at the western edge of the Yorkshire Dales, near Skipton. Each of these three churches has its own story and a close relationship to its communities. The main industries are agriculture and tourism: the area is beautiful and welcoming, but there are issues of rural deprivation, high cost of housing and the future of farming. The Bishop of Leeds is looking to appoint a Priest in Charge to share both in the cure of souls and in responsibility, under God, for transforming lives, congregations and communities, and specifically to develop the benefice as a mutually supportive group of parishes. The Priest in Charge will be based at Gargrave, in a team with a House for Duty priest based in Kirkby Malham, to be recruited in due course.

The closing date is Wednesday 3rd July

The shortlisting meeting will be held on Tuesday 9th July

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 24th July

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact the Rt. Revd. Dr Helen-Ann Hartley, Bishop of Ripon, Tel: 01765 601094 or email her PA, Mrs Judith Richardson,

We are seeking a priest who can:

  • be responsible for the parishes of St Andrew’s, Gargrave, St Peter’s, Coniston Cold with Bell Busk, and St Michael the Archangel, Kirkby Malham, having 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.
  • collaborate with the House for Duty priest based in Kirkby Malham and other clergy within the deanery in mission and ministry and, through the deanery plan, in such reshaping of ministry as resources and opportunities may require.
  • develop the ministry of the laity, through training, delegation, encouragement and support so that they have greater involvement in the mission and ministry of the Benefice.
  • work with the PCCs and fellow clergy towards the development of the local church and to develop and review their vision with them.

It is important that our new Priest can:

  • work with a wide range of worship styles, appreciating the value of all.
  • recognise the value of lay ministry and develop the full potential of lay involvement in the life of the church.
  • develop pastoral care, reaching out personally and through lay ministry not just to local residents but to the many tourists and "special occasion" visitors to our churches
  • recognise the demographic challenge of a committed but generally older congregation, and can work to engage the younger age groups both within the church and outside.

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

  • An inspiring and strategically minded leader who will work with the congregation to develop, in the context of the Diocesan vision of Loving, Learning and Living, the vision and momentum for the life and ministry of the parishes.
  • To work as a team needed with the House-for-Duty Priest Kirkby Malham to ensure the spiritual health of all three parishes.
  • Depth to harness the beauty of the ancient building at Kirkby Malham and the much loved beautiful churches at Gargrave and Coniston Cold to draw people closer into the mystery of God’s love.
  • Committed to Eucharistic worship yet aware of the differing traditions of the parishes, eager and keen to be innovative in responding to the needs and requirements of different age groups and levels of faith.
  • Excellent and proven communication skills, not least in intelligent preaching, teaching and listening.
  • An enjoyment in expressing worship of God in a broad range of worship styles
  • An agreement with the need for transparency and leadership by consultation.
  • A willingness to be a visible presence in the community.
  • Able to make and build links with individuals, community groups, the church school and other local schools
  • A desire to identify ways to engage with young families.
  • A willingness to show compassion for the many people and families on the fringes of society in our parish and to reach out to them.

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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.