Rector, Holy Trinity, Skipton and St Augustine’s, Draughton

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‘Open Doors, Open Spaces, Open Minds’

The parish of Holy Trinity Skipton is searching for a new Rector. We are a very active, friendly and welcoming parish with a middle church tradition. Focused primarily on the Yorkshire Dales town of Skipton, the Rector of Holy Trinity will also be responsible for the church of St Augustine’s in the adjacent rural village of Draughton.

We are looking for a confident and experienced cleric with the vision and drive to take our parish forward. The successful candidate will:

  • Have the ability to support and encourage growth in practical Christianity within Holy Trinity and the wider community;
  • Encourage the spirituality and prayer life of the congregation, by preaching the Gospel and relating it to their lives and experiences;
  • Recognise the need to develop the life of the parish by implementing and managing change with empathy whilst recognising the traditions that bind us;
  • Value the contribution of volunteers and respect their age profile;
  • Reach out and work cooperatively with individuals, community groups, other faiths and denominations to make, build and extend relationships, playing a full part in civic life;
  • Have an awareness of the needs of the rural community especially with reference to and support for St Augustine’s Draughton.

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 25th November

Shortlisting date – Monday 2nd December

Interview date – Monday 9th December

We are looking for someone who can:

• be the Rector of the parish, 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 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 this parish;

• ensure that a high standard of worship, preaching and pastoral care is provided so that people are more able to live and grow as disciples of Christ;

• seek ecumenical cooperation wherever possible;

• gain a good working understanding of the Diocese and the support it provides;

• encourage Christian stewardship of people's time, money and abilities so that the ministry of the church is strengthened and enabled;

• maintain a distinctively Christian witness, to make new positive links and develop the existing links with community and external organisations based in the parish so that full use is made of opportunities for outreach and service to the community.

The person appointed will provide spiritual leadership and counsel to the town of Skipton and the village community of Draughton, working collaboratively with the Lay Reader, retired clergy and the lay members of Holy Trinity and St Augustine’s to:

• continue the development of discipleship within the community, deepening people’s understanding of how God is working in their lives;

• develop the existing positive role of lay people in the life of Holy Trinity and St Augustine’s while being sensitive to the traditions of worship;

• extend the significant secular links with families and young people into fuller engagement with our worship;

• maintain and further our relationship with Christ Church Skipton;

• maintain and develop the existing links with the linked C of E school in Skipton;

• maintain the stable finances of the parish;

• further the links with churches in the Skipton area;

• review the future development of the parish through the Diocesan Strategy – Maturing in Christ, in order to celebrate and build on existing strengths while identifying areas for development.

We are looking for someone with the following experience:

  • pastorally and politically astute in caring for and dealing with a wide range of people and institutions.
  • mentoring and supporting the laity to encourage growth in practical Christianity within their lives.
  • valuing and motivating volunteers
  • have worked with individuals and groups of all ages and backgrounds.
  • introducing imaginative ways of drawing people into the life of the church.
  • understanding of people and their differing growth in faith
  • an inspiring and strategically minded leader able to work with the congregation to further develop the vision and momentum for the life of this parish in the context of the Diocesan vision of Loving, Learning and Living.

Someone who:

  • is able to encourage the spirituality and prayer life of the congregation, by preaching the Gospel and relating it to their lives and experiences
  • is committed to Eucharistic worship and the tradition of the parish, and competent to lead forms of worship in accordance with the needs of the Parish.
  • possess good team building skills and the application of them.
  • can reach out and work cooperatively, with individuals, community groups, other faiths and denominations to make and build relationships, playing a full part in civic life.

The 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), a spa town (Harrogate), market towns (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). The Bishop of Ripon is the Rt Rev’d Dr Helen-Ann Hartley.

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.