House for Duty Associate Priest for Bishop Monkton and Burton Leonard within the Ripon Cathedral Benefice

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Bishop Monkton and Burton Leonard

The parishes of Bishop Monkton and Burton Leonard are looking for an enthusiastic and inspiring priest to lead them in developing their mission and ministry. These delightful North Yorkshire villages are situated between Ripon and Harrogate, and form part of the Ripon Cathedral Benefice, of which the Dean of Ripon is the incumbent. These are busy villages, each with a Church school, and the congregations are looking forward to enabling their priest to make best use of his or her time engaging with the communities, and being innovative, imaginative and creative in helping the parishes grow and move forward.

Please read our brochure, job description and person specification, and you are welcome to have an informal conversation with the Very Revd John Dobson, Dean of Ripon Tel: 01765 643860 or email his PA Mrs Judith Bustard

The closing date is Monday 2nd March 2020

The shortlisting meeting will be held on Wednesday 11th March 2020

Interviews will be held on Monday 23rd March 2020

We are looking for someone who can:

  • Lead and develop ministry and mission in the context of the Diocesan vision of 'Confident Christians in growing Churches, transforming Communities
  • Provide pastoral care
  • Mentor and support lay leaders and ministry
  • Become immersed and participate in the life of the two villages
  • Continue to develop imaginative ways of drawing people into the life of the Church
  • Lead and work with the PCCs so as to ensure an effective use of resources and the spiritual health of both parishes
  • Prepare candidates for confirmation
  • Progress the excellent relationship the Church enjoys with the two CofE primary schools and with the families of school pupils

We need someone who:

  • Is a prayerful Priest with a living faith
  • Can inspire leadership with a commitment to working within the wider Benefice and jointly with both parishes and yet sensitive to the differing traditions of the parishes
  • Has personal empathy and pastoral sensitivity
  • Has an ability to develop others in discipleship and ministry
  • Has enthusiasm and an ability to be innovate in responding to the needs and requirements of different age groups and levels of faith
  • Has excellent interpersonal skills
  • Is willing to be a visible presence in the community

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.