Archdeacon of Cleveland

This job has now expired
Archdeaconry of Cleveland
Full Stiped (Archdeacon)

The Archbishop of York seeks to appoint to the key position of Archdeacon of Cleveland.  This comes at an exciting time for our diocese, as major emphasis is placed on our Dynamic Vision to be 'Generous Churches Making and Nurturing Disciples', with a focus on growing in: Christlikeness, commitment, partnership, influence and numbers.

We hope to appoint a priest who will be committed to this vision, and will bring creativity and enthusiasm to the post, alongside exercising the statutory functions of an Archdeacon with clarity and competence.

This opportunity arises following the transfer of the previous post-holder to be Archdeacon of York.

The Diocese of York comprises three archdeaconries.  The Archdeacon of Cleveland covers the northern part of our Diocese, an area to which the Bishop of Whitby is also assigned.  Its major population centre is Middlesbrough, but it also takes in substantial new and growing developments such as at Ingleby Barwick, the wonderful but sparsely-populated countryside of the North Yorkshire Moors, and coastal towns such as Whitby and Redcar.

The role includes many elements intrinsic to the role of a 'territorial' archdeacon.  However, the appointment is being made on the basis that the challenges and priorities of the Church of England are ever-changing.  There needs to be both a sense of urgency and also Christ-centred confidence in shaping mission for the future.

The Archdeacon of Cleveland will have an important role, with the Archbishop and the rest of his leadership team, in not simply following trends but actively encouraging a fresh vision and a can-do culture in church life, being firmly committed to ensuring mutual resourcing to enable the vision to be realised.

The Archdeacon holds a key position in servicing the mission and ministry role of the Archbishop of York as Diocesan Bishop, representing his interests in the policy-making and life of the diocese through ex-officio membership of the statutory, synodical and other major committees of the organisation.

The essence of the work is in giving encouragement, information, guidance and space to clergy and church officers.  The Archdeacon is a bridge-builder, a focus of pastoral care and support, and an encourager of fresh initiatives; a spiritual and enabling ministry rather than a bureaucratic function.

Among the essential characteristics, gifts and skills which will equip you for the role, you will be:

  • An enthusiastic ambassador for the Christian gospel
  • Positive about inherited and emerging forms of church
  • Adept in collaborative ministry, team-building and partnerships

Enhanced DBS clearance is required

About the Process

Further details can be found in the attached role pack.  For an informal discussion about the opportunity, please contact the Bishop of Whitby, the Rt Revd Paul Ferguson, by email at or call 01642 593273.

Closing date for applications:              Thursday 14 November

Preliminary interview:                          Wednesday 27 November

Final interview with the Archbishop:    Thursday 12 December

The Diocese of York

The Diocese of York takes in much of North and East Yorkshire, including the cities of York, Hull and Middlesbrough, and two National Parks. Extending from the River Tees to the River Humber, and from around the A1 road to the incomparable Yorkshire coast, the area is home to around 1.4 million people.

We are a family of 607 churches and 125 schools in 470 parishes, led and guided in their faith and work by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu. York Minster is our principal church. Our vision is to be a family of Generous Churches Making and Nurturing Disciples.

We are currently working through a Diocesan Strategy that focuses on:

  • Reaching those we currently don't
  • Moving to Growth
  • Achieving sustainable finances

Our official website can be found here:

Unfortunately it is not always straightforward for clergy from overseas to be appointed to posts in the Church of England. The policy of the UK Border Agency is that normally the organisation making an appointment has been able to prove that it is impossible to appoint a person who is a national of a European Economic Area country, before a visa giving permission to work will be issued to a person who comes from elsewhere.