Rector of Addingham ( part-time)

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Addingham, West Yorkshire

The picturesque and growing village of Addingham (parish population 3700 in 2011 census) lies near the start of the Dalesway, close to the Yorkshire Dales, the spa town of Ilkley and yet within easy reach of bustling city centres. 

We are looking for a leader who is both visionary and enabling, with the capacity to work with the congregation to grow the church, develop confident lay discipleship and increase the profile and engagement of the church within the local community of Addingham in creative ways. The new incumbent will have a joyful and confident faith which has inspired a track record of church growth, both numerically and spiritually. 

The role is part-time (3 days plus Sundays) 

For an informal chat please contact Archdeacon Andy Jolley  07973 458403

Closing date is 9th March with interviews/visit on 23rd and 24th March 2020.

We are seeking a leader who supports and encourages other people so that together they:

  • cultivate lay discipleship and lay leadership to help grow our congregations numerically, spiritually and in service to our local community;
  • offer leadership which is both supportive and envisioning;
  • will support and extend our ministry with families, young adults and children;
  • foster relationships with others who are seeking the peace and prosperity of our village;
  • take their own growth as followers of Jesus seriously.

There are three particular priorities for the incoming incumbent:

  1. To provide enabling leadership, which will foster growth numerically as well as spiritually and in service to their local community, reimagining ministry with a ‘mixed economy’ of new forms of church and worship alongside traditional ones and developing pathways for greater discipleship and increased lay leadership.  (S)he will therefore need excellent teaching, team building and team leadership skills.
  1. To support and extend effective and appropriate ministry with families, young adults and children to grow young people as Christians, and to deepen existing links with the local primary school and the uniformed organisations.
  1. To develop and strengthen active and visible relationships within the village in creative ways, both personally as an individual and also through the congregations.  S(he) should be able to engage strategically with the life of the community, developing relationships (for example) with the local primary school, uniformed organisations, Wulfherans, and the other churches in the village (for whom ministerial provision has diminished).  I expect him/her to contribute with others to a vision both for Addingham, and for the place of the churches in Addingham.

In addition, the person appointed will be the senior Anglican priest in Addingham and be the Training Incumbent for any curate deployed to the parish.

We are looking for someone who:

  • Has a  proven track record of commitment to and delivery of church growth
  • Has a track record of leadership which empowers others and grows the confidence and gifts of God’s people
  • Has a track record of inspiring vision and developing appropriate strategies
  • Has experience of developing lay discipleship and leadership
  • Has experience of developing ministry with children, young adults and families
  • Has experience of co-ordinating different worship styles in a ‘mixed economy’
  • Has at rack record of developing good relationships in the local community
  • Is able to handle difficulties and conflict calmly, creatively and effectively, promoting reconciliation
  • Is able and willing to work with schools
  • Is a supportive and encouraging leader with the ability to delegate
  • Is comfortable with being a public Christian figure in the village

Our vision as a Diocese is about confident clergy equipping confident Christians to live and tell the good news of Jesus Christ.  There is a new Diocesan strategy with five goals which will underpin all that we do over the next few years::. 

Addingham is a valued parish within the Bradford Episcopal Area and the Diocese of Leeds.  New housing developments are growing the parish population, and the church’s location on the Dalesway footpath brings many visitors.  Giving residents and visitors the opportunity to discover Jesus and the life of the local church will therefore continue to be important tasks.

The parish enjoys a high standard of lay leadership and associated structures, there are significant financial reserves, and the church and church hall are in good order, with plans to extend and improve the latter. The challenge now is to capitalise on these strengths and realise the potential for new spiritual and numerical growth, especially in developing further regular work with young families.  This may include using some of the financial reserves to invest in specialist additional capacity for ministry with children, youth and / or families.

The Deanery of South Craven and Wharfedale, now 3 years old, has a number of parishes with a similar demographic to this benefice, many of whom are experimenting with mixing new approaches to worship and mission alongside inherited patterns.  The new incumbent will therefore find a group of creative and supportive colleagues in the Deanery chapter who will be familiar with the joys and challenges that each other faces.  We expect the new post holder to work with a spirit of generosity in sharing wisdom and insights about ministry within the Deanery of South Craven and Wharfedale, and across the Episcopal Area.