Priest-in-Charge York City Centre Churches Group

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An exciting but challenging opportunity for a priest with vision and considerable gifts in leadership, pastoral care and worship to realise the potential of five churches with significant spiritual and historical heritage in the middle of the City of York.  7 million visitors a year pass the doors of these churches – how will you shape and deliver a vision to draw them inside?

The five churches – four parishes – of this group serve a small resident population of less than 6,000 people but their location in the heart of the City gives them an enviable position to reach those who live within the walls, those who travel into the city for the high standard of worship, Guilds and other civic organisations, and the 7 million national and international visitors who come to York each year for whom the churches are just one small step on their greater journey of faith.  Holding a vision which satisfies the needs of those disparate groups together will be a test of your leadership gifts but the opportunities to share the Gospel are extraordinary.

This big vision of church, however, needs to be held together with a genuine concern for the pastoral needs of those who have faithfully served the churches over many years and for those who want to start a new worshipping relationship in the church communities today.  Noticing the one among the many will need to be one of the many gifts that this role requires.

The church buildings are in very good order thanks to the hard work of a dedicated group of church wardens and others who have invested considerable skill and energy in maintaining and redeveloping the buildings in recent years.  However, they are all Grade 1 listed buildings of considerable age and require constant attention.  The church of St Martin’s Coney Street may require significant works to the tower in the next few years and this work will need to be carefully and sensitively overseen, alongside the very competent Church Wardens there. 

Relationships with the other churches in the City Centre will be vital to develop a coherent and effective plan for using limited resources well.  St Michael-le-Belfrey is a close neighbour as is York Minster.  The role of the new Dean and Chapter in the civic life of the City is still being developed and so building an open dialogue with other colleagues in the City will be important.

We are looking for someone who will:

  • be an experienced builder of a collaborative team
  • respect and work with the traditions of each of the churches
  • have a strong commitment and dedication to the leadership of pastoral care
  • have a vision for growing the churches in the City Centre Group
  • have a calm and practical approach to problem solving
  • inspire and encourage with intelligent preaching and teaching, and be supportive of the role of music in liturgy, and also of appropriate concerts as a form of mission
  • value and have a vision for children and young people
  • be personally approachable, practice hospitality and be open to new ideas.
  • be someone skilled at understanding and using the skills of the laity, able to listen and delegate
  • have experience of using historic buildings for the good of the church and community
  • continue to strengthen ecumenical links and links with other Anglican churches in the Deanery, including exploring how best we can work with the Minster and its Dean and Chapter.

We offer:

  • A supportive and encouraging team of ministers and lay volunteers at a parish level –assistant clergy, Readers, PTO clergy and committed and experienced Church Wardens
  • A high standard of worship, especially the choral tradition, and a willingness to engage with new ideas for worship and mission
  • A modern 4 bedroomed vicarage in the centre of the city, within walking distance of all 5 churches


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 Archdeacon of York, Ven Sam Rushton  01904 758241 

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: midnight on Tuesday 31st March 2020

Interviews:  Tuesday 5th May 2020