Rector at St Paul's, Holgate / Priest-in-Charge at St Barnabas, York

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Full Stipend plus Housing

The two parishes of St Paul’s and St Barnabas, close to the centre of the wonderful city of York, are setting out on a new adventure of working in partnership.  With a shared history and vision, each will be building on a heritage of faithful ministry, rejoicing in the strength of lay involvement and commitment to mission.

Both parishes are looking forwards to the new opportunities that a significant new residential development will bring, and to exploring the possibilities of reaching out to younger adults with the help of the newly licensed 20s to 40s Minister.  Church wardens and PCCs are committed to engaging with change and re-working the shared church vision in the context of intentional mission and growth, alongside the operational management.

There is a great deal going on in both St Paul’s and St Barnabas – thriving Sunday services, home groups and lay teams, innovative mission and evangelism, and practical community involvement.  Could you be the person God is calling to lead this new and exciting phase of ministry here; to encourage, build and nurture strong and collaborative teams and to grow a thriving mission across exisiting and new communities?

The role of Rector / Priest-in Charge is a new one, and both congregations are excited about it.  The churches are in two adjacent parishes, separated only by railway tracks, and both are close to a planned extensive new housing development, York Central.  Both are open evangelical, with friendly, informal, inter-generational congregations.

Effective mission will require a strong active partnership between St Barnabas and St Paul’s Churches. We aim to build a framework of trust and courageous innovation by sharing our strengths and resourcing each other’s limitations. The team already includes a full time 20s to 40s Minister role, and a recently appointed Youth and Children’s worker at St Paul’s.  

Opportunities include pioneering ministry, reaching out to build new worshipping communities; and to find new ways to engage the community through innovation and opening up churches to be accessible and relevant.  Challenges include integrating the community; strengthening the church families; and achieving a more sustainable financial position.

We are hoping and praying for a new leader who can grow this fledgling partnership and develop an exciting new phase of ministry here.

We seek a leader who understands and knows how to grow communities and can inspire others.

The ministry will include::

  • helping us become a committed partnership fit for the task of mission and practical service
  • leading, facilitating and learning with us on the journey ahead
  • drawing on a range of spiritual resources and a deep prayer life
  • discerning and developing the gifts and talents in our fellowship
  • leading worship and ministering to all ages, working with our 20s to 40s Minister to implement fresh ideas

To flourish in his exciting opportunity you will be a Christian with excellent, demonstrable people management and development skills who can lead, manage and develop a changing team.

You will be a Priest who brings:

  • a gift as a preacher; who can challenge, deepen faith, and actively reach a broad range of listeners
  • a pastoral heart who can support and challenge us to care for one another
  • the skills to encourage lay ministry and to nurture and manage growth
  • excellent team building and communication skills

Enhanced DBS clearance is required.

St Paul's Holgate and St Barnabas, York

A full profile with further details about this opportunity and the two parishes is attached, together with a role description.  Click to access the parish websites for St Paul's and St Barnabas.

About the Process

For an informal discussion about the opportunity, please contact Revd Simon Bray, Domestic Chaplin to the Archbishop of York: email or call 01904 707021.  

Closing date for applications:    Tuesday 3 December 2019

Preliminary interview:                 Monday 27 January 2020

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:


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