Priest in Charge of the Parish of Christ the King, Battyeford (0.7) and Lay Training Officer (0.3)

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Are you looking to combine parochial ministry with a role in ministerial training? If so read on…..

We are looking for someone who would enjoy working within a committed and collaborative team, to be priest-in-charge of the parish of Christ the King in Battyeford (West Yorkshire) whilst also teaching and supporting students for lay ministry within the School of Ministry of the Diocese of Leeds. The Lay Training Officer post would be principally exercised within the Mirfield Hub of the School of Ministry which meets at the College of the Resurrection in Mirfield, only yards from the parish church of Christ the King.

The closing date for this post is Monday, 6th April 2020

Interviews will be held on Wednesday, 29th April 2020

If you require further information or would like a conversation about this post please do not hesitate to contact The Ven Dr Anne Dawtry, Archdeacon of Halifax by email on

The benefice is situated within easy reach of the cities of Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield and the larger towns of Dewsbury, Halifax and Huddersfield. There are excellent links further afield via the M62/M1 motorways. The church is modern and in good repair (1973) and there is a modern four bedroomed vicarage.

For more information about the parish of Christ the King visit

For more information about the Leeds School of Ministry see

Priest in Charge Parish of Christ the King, Battyeford (0.7)

The parish are looking for a priest who will:

  • Offer spiritual and pastoral leadership whilst also being able to delegate to and motivate others
  • Seek to attract more young people and families into the life of the church by taking a close interest in the Church of England Primary School, and the Uniformed Organisations.
  • Encourage a growth in numbers and in discipleship, supporting initiatives designed to nurture new Christians and to build up the discipleship of the existing congregations
  • Work collaboratively and support all those currently engaged in ministry in the parish whilst at the same time seeking to build up and grow new leaders for the future.
  • Support the parish’s outreach into the community looking for new ways to reach those who currently have no relationship with the church
  • Develop existing good relationships with the Community and College of the Resurrection at Mirfield (our next door neighbours)

Lay Training Officer (Leeds School of Ministry) (0.3) 

  • Serve as Honorary Assistant Principal for the Mirfield Hub of the Leeds School of Ministry, with responsibility for specific oversight tasks as directed by the Mirfield Hub Principal
  • Plan, teach and mark Common Awards modules (Level 4 and Level 5)  in line with Durham University’s and YTEP’s teaching, learning and delivery framework
  • Support and guide the team of tutors delivering modules, including organisation, adult learning styles, feedback and module evaluation.
  • Support students in their learning and development
  • Oversee the provision of appropriate and accessible resources

Priest in Charge (0.7)

The ideal candidate will be:

  • An experienced spiritual leader committed to preaching and leading worship so as to teach, inspire and grow God’s people
  • Experienced  in reaching out to groups and individuals currently outside the church and its sphere and influence
  • Willing to address the challenges and opportunities of working with children, young people and families
  • A creative thinker who has their own ideas, is willing to look outside the box and find new ways of engaging with the community and making disciples
  • Able to oversee activities and be able to delegate rather than control
  • A warm, caring and well-rounded person able to encourage and inspire

For more details see the Person Specification for this role


Lay Training Officer (School of Ministry) (0.3)

The ideal candidate will be:

  • Dedicated to developing lay discipleship and lay ministry and mission within the Church of England
  • A graduate (preferably in theology or a related discipline) with subject/teaching experience relevant to Reader/ Licensed Lay Minister Training
  • A gifted adult educator with experience of working with various educational styles in the planning and delivery of training and able to teach at Higher Education Levels 4 and 5
  • Committed to working collaboratively with others with a track record of facilitating ‘clergy and lay together’ ministry and leadership
  • Someone with good communication, pastoral and interpersonal skills, allied with effective organisational skills able to self-motivate and to work independently.


Please see the Person Specification within the Job Profile for further details of the essential and desirable qualities we are seeking in relation to this post.  


About Us

The Anglican 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 in 2014 is unprecedented in the history of the Church of England. It covers an area of around 2,425 square miles with a population of around 2,642,400 people. The Diocese comprises major cities (Bradford, Leeds and Wakefield) large industrial and post-industrial towns (Halifax, Huddersfield and Dewsbury), market towns (Todmorden, Harrogate, Skipton, Richmond, Ripon and Wetherby) and deeply rural areas especially in the Dales. The whole of life is here, along with all the richness, diversity and complexities of a changing world.

Five area bishops (Bradford, Huddersfield, Kirkstall, Ripon and Wakefield and five archdeacons (Bradford, Halifax, Leeds, Richmond and Craven and Wakefield. assist the Diocesan Bishop (The Rt. Revd Nicholas Baines)

These four churches lie in the Dewsbury and Birstall Deanery of the Huddersfield Episcopal Area, in the Archdeaconry of Halifax. The Bishop of Huddersfield is The Rt. Revd Dr Jonathan Gibbs and the Archdeacon of Halifax is The Venerable Dr Anne Dawtry.

Our vision as a Diocese is about confident clergy equipping confident Christians to live and tell the Good News of Jesus Christ. For all our appointments we are seeking clergy who have a joyful and confident faith and with a commitment to church growth both numerical and spiritual.

The Diocesan Strategy was approved in March 2019. We share a vision for Confident Christians, Growing Churches, Transforming Communities characterised by Loving, Living and Learning and enabled by Clergy and Lay Together, Purposeful Resourcing and Dynamic Partnerships. We seek to achieve this through five strategic goals namely:

  1. Thriving as a distinctive diocese whose culture is shaped by shared vision and values
  2. Reimagining ministry
  3. Nurturing lay discipleship
  4. Building leadership pipelines
  5. Growing young people as Christians