Priest-in-Charge Pocklington Group of Churches

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Based in and around the ‘Cathedral of the Wolds’, this is an opportunity to grow a new vision for ministry and mission in and around the market town of Pocklington in rural East Yorkshire.  Pocklington is a vibrant fast-growing market town on the edge of the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds, a hub for the local rural communities, and an increasingly desirable base for commuting into York, Beverley and Hull. 

The Pocklington Group currently comprises the nine parishes of the Benefices of Pocklington Wold and Londesborough Wold.  Pastoral reorganisation is currently well underway which aims to reduce the group by 2 parishes and to create a single benefice which, it is anticipated, will be ministered to by the appointee, supported by a House for Duty minister to be appointed by the new Incumbent. 

This is a great opportunity for someone with vision and a heart for rural ministry to shape a ministry team which will look to grow each of the church communities, finding new ways to share gifts, skills and energy between the churches whilst still maintaining the distinctiveness of each church within their own communities.     

  • We seek a leader who will concentrate on Pocklington whilst encouraging and supporting ministry in the villages.  New housing estates in Pocklington present a real opportunity for outreach and growth.


  • We need a leader who will stimulate our worship, offer biblically-based preaching, foster a hunger for God, and help us sensitively to share our faith and know the adventure of following Christ.


  • We would value a leader who is comfortable with the social implications of the gospel; expressed, for example, through the food bank, fair trade and recognising needs outside the parish.

We offer:

  • An experienced and able ministry team, including a permanent Deacon, 5 clergy with PTO, 5 Readers plus another in training, and a sizeable team of recognised parish assistants and parish visitors
  • 18 hours of administrative support per week in the Parish Office
  • A baptism team, led by the Deacon; an Open the Book team and volunteers for other missional activities eg Little Saints and Holiday Saints
  • A varied range of worship services, and a willingness to engage with new ideas
  • Good links with the local schools and within our ‘Churches Together’ 
  • A fairly modern (1960’s) 4 bedroomed vicarage with an open-plan kitchen and sensibly-sized garden

Great Opportunities in the Diocese of York

Find out more about the context for this opportunity, including details of the work we are doing towards our strategic goals HERE

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:

More About this Role

If you would like to have an informal conversation about this post, please contact the Bishop of Selby, the Rt Revd John Thomson tel: 01757 429982, the Archdeacon of York, Ven Sam Rushton  01904 758241  or the Area Dean, Revd Canon Caroline Pinchbeck 01430 879996

Appointment is subject to a satisfactory Enhanced DBS disclosure.

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.

Closing date for applications: 29th March 2020

Interviews: 29th and 30th April 2020