Minister for the Eldwick Church (House for Duty)

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Eldwick
Clergy

We are seeking Expressions of Interest for this post

The growing village of Eldwick (population c4500) lies just above Bingley in the Aire Valley, within easy reach of bustling city centres

The Eldwick Church is the result of an Anglican Church and a Methodist Church coming together in January 2011 to create a church for the local community, born out of the conviction that they can witness and serve this community better together. As Eldwick is largely within the parish of All Saints Bingley, a Bishop’s Mission Order was created in 2013 to enable the church to have its own distinct identity. This has been renewed until 2023.

This post is on a House for Duty basis, for 2 days a week plus Sundays. For an informal discussion please contact Archdeacon Andy Jolley

Closing date is 5th July with a proposed interview date of 24th July, subject to prevailing government guidance on travel and meeting.

The Eldwick Church is an Anglican-Methodist LEP, which benefits from a recently completed major building project. We are looking for an enabling leader who can work with the church’s Trustees and the congregation to keep growing the church, developing confident lay discipleship and leadership, and harness the potential of the church’s place in the local community in creative ways. The emphasis of this part-time role is to continue to develop the Eldwick Church towards being a more lay-led church. We are therefore seeking a person who can inspire and develop others into ministry, leadership and responsibility. The appointee will need to understand and value the ecumenical nature of the church. (S)he will work alongside a named minister from the Airedale Methodist Circuit, who will be providing presbyteral input to Eldwick alongside a number of other churches.

    The position comes with a house adjacent to the church for 2 days a week plus Sundays

    There are three particular priorities for the incoming minister:

    1. To foster an enabling leadership culture, working with the Trustees and congregation to develop lay-leadership capacity which can grow the church numerically as well as spiritually and in service to their local community.Building on recent experiences of on-line worship, this will involve re-imagining ministry with a ‘mixed economy’ of new forms of church and worship alongside traditional ones and developing lay discipleship and lay leadership on to the next level.(S)he will therefore need excellent teaching, team building and team leadership skills.

    2. To help to grow the church younger, supporting and extending effective ministry with families, young adults and children to grow young people as Christians, and to deepen existing links with the local primary school, pre-school and other organisations.

    3. To develop active and visible relationships within the village of Eldwick and the town of Bingley in creative ways, personally as an individual and particularly through the congregation. S(he) should be able to engage strategically with the life of the community, contributing with others to a vision both for Eldwick within Bingley, and also for the Eldwick Church’s place alongside the other churches in Bingley

      We are seeking an enabling and supportive Anglican leader who:

      • Can cultivate lay discipleship and lay leadership to help grow the congregation numerically, spiritually and in service to our local community;
      • Will support and extend our ministry with families, young adults and children, growing the church younger;
      • Will help the church to play its part in working for the peace and prosperity of Eldwick;
      • Has a track record of empowering team leadership which grows the confidence and gifts of God’s people
      • Able to lead in the church’s stewardship of time, money and energy by example and teaching.and is able to understand the church’s responsibilities for buildings and finances.
      • Can work well with our Trustees and help others catch energy and enthusiasm;
      • Will work with a named Methodist colleague who has other responsibilities in the Airedale Methodist Circuit

      The Eldwick Church is a valued part of the Bradford Episcopal Area and the Diocese of Leeds, as well as the Airedale Methodist Circuit. The village of Eldwick, sitting on the ridge overlooking Bingley, has expanded over recent years, with new housing being built. Giving residents the opportunity to discover Jesus and the life of the local church will remain an important task for the immediate future.

      The Eldwick Church is the result of an Anglican Church and a Methodist Church coming together in January 2011 to create a church for the local community, born out of the conviction that they can witness and serve this community better together. As Eldwick is largely within the parish of All Saints Bingley, a Bishop’s Mission Order was created in 2013 to enable the church to have its own distinct identity. This has been renewed until 2023.

      The church has a high standard of lay leadership and associated structures. The finances and buildings are in very good order. After meeting some local resistance over a first set of plans, a new church hall complex was built in 2018, with major works then undertaken in the church in 2019. This has resulted in much more attractive buildings for community organisations and groups and for holding events. Alongside this has been the forging of better and stronger relationships with the local community. The next stage will be to develop the relationships with the large numbers of people now using the church buildings during the week.

      Our vision as the Diocese is about confident clergy equipping confident Christians to live and tell the good news of Jesus Christ. In appointing to this post, we are therefore looking for someone who is both visionary and enabling, with the capacity to lead into a new era of growth. The new minister will have a joyful and confident faith which has inspired a track record of church growth, both numerically and spiritually

      We have 5 Strategy Goals which we are working towards

      Goal 1: Thriving as a distinctive diocese whose culture is shaped by a shared vision and values

      Goal 2: Re-imagining ministry

      Goal 3: Nurturing lay discipleship

      Goal 4: Building leadership pathways

      Goal 5: Growing young people as Christians