Estates Pioneer Minister (part-time) Shelf with Buttershaw and Wibsey

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Estates Pioneer Minister (part time) Shelf with Buttershaw and Wibsey

We are seeking a creative pioneer with a love for working with outer estate communities with all of their joys and challenges. You will help these two south Bradford parishes to build teams which can grow new relevant and dynamic forms of Christian presence in their social housing estates.

We are looking for an individual, either lay or ordained who will:

  • be joyfully confident in their own identity in Christ and have a track record of growing confident disciples;
  • want to work collaboratively with the clergy and ministry teams of the parishes of Shelf with Buttershaw and Wibsey;
  • be able to bring their love of the Lord, gifts, skills and experience to develop appropriate new forms of mission, evangelism, ministry and church for outer estate communities;
  • have the freedom to experiment and pioneer new ways of ministry in what is a challenging area.

This post is offered as a half stipend plus house (4 days a week)

For an informal discussion please contact Archdeacon Andy Jolley: 07973 458403 or email:

To read more about the Diocese look at our website or take a look at the Shelf parish website.

Closing date for applications 24th Aug.

Visit and Interviews: 20th and 21st September

Please see the following link before creating your application form-

The person appointed will work under the overall leadership of the Team Vicar of Shelf with Buttershaw, meet regularly with the ministry team for staff meeting and work collaboratively with the clergy and ministry teams of the parishes of Shelf with Buttershaw and Wibsey.

(S)he will have three particular challenges:

  • To pioneer and develop appropriate new forms of mission, evangelism, ministry and church for the outer estate communities of Buttershaw, Woodside and Odsal, seeking to grow Christian communities in the heart of these estates and leading these Christian communities into growth in depth of discipleship, numbers and service to their local communities;
  • To draw others into mission, evangelism and ministry alongside themselves, sharing a compassionate heart for ministry with those living on the estates.
  • To engage strategically with the local communities, helping to develop a vision both for the estates and for the place of the church in the estates.

The Parish of Shelf with Buttershaw has been profoundly influenced by Jesus Shaped People (JSP). It is therefore important that the postholder can encourage people to be ‘Jesus Shaped’ and to live out their ministry as an example of being Jesus Shaped. The successful candidate should therefore embody the five principles of JSP:

Our ideal candidate should be someone with:

  • Anglican Ministerial Training or suitable mission / theological qualification
  • Proven track record of commitment to and delivery of growing new disciples
  • Proven track record of growing the confidence and gifts of God’s people
  • Experience of pioneering new developments in sharing the good news of Jesus in evangelism
  • Experience of ministry and building relationships with young families
  • Track record of growing relationships with estates communities through good community work
  • Experience of working well with others in team(s)
  • Knowledge/understanding of changing patterns of mission and ministry in the Church
  • Committed to being a visible and accessible presence on the estates.
  • Eager to experiment and try new things to share the gospel in relevant ways with local people.
  • A bridge-builder who can enable greater congregational engagement with estate communities
  • Willing to work within the Jesus Shaped People mission structure.

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 ministers who have a joyful and confident faith which has inspired a track record of church growth.

Shelf with Buttershaw is one of the largest parishes within the Bradford Episcopal Area and the Diocese of Leeds. Discussions are progressing well about bringing the parish together with the neighbouring parish of Wibsey to create a “super-parish” with a ministry team. Much of the population of both parishes live within the social housing estates of Buttershaw, Woodside and Odsal, where the expected joys and challenges of estate life can be found.

The estates are experiencing some transition, with some increased diversity, but remain largely white communities of people experiencing a range of forms of deprivation. The parish of Shelf with Buttershaw is among the top 10% most deprived nationally. Wibsey is among the top 17% most deprived.