Minister for the Eldwick Church (House for Duty)

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BD16 2ST

Eldwick (population circa 4,500) is a growing, semi-rural village which lies just above Bingley in the Aire Valley, within easy reach of Bradford and Leeds city centres. 

The Eldwick Church is a thriving Anglican-Methodist LEP, which has recently completed a major building project.  We have clear aspirations and objectives to continue growing our church both spiritually and numerically, and serving the local community. 

This appointment is the basis of House for Duty (2 days a week plus Sundays) and is the Diocesan ministerial contribution to the LEP.  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.  Dependent on the result of their current visioning process, the Methodist circuit may be able to also offer further staff input (eg from a possible church worker or mission enabler).

Closing date for applications is 21st  Sept with interviews on 9th Oct.  For an informal chat about this post please contact Archdeacon Andy Jolley on 07973 458403

We are at an exciting stage in our development and are seeking a dynamic, enabling Anglican leader to join our leadership team who will help us to build on achievements to date and then take us through the next stage of our church journey.  This person will fill a key role in the team and will, whether seen through the eyes of adults or children, be a:

Friendly, Caring, Empowering ,Listening, Visionary,  Prayerful,  Diplomatic, Innovative   

Jesus Shaped Person

    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 reimagining 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 looking for a person who will help us to develop new ways of being the church in Eldwick, within current restrictions and in a post-Covid world, and in the light of that will:

    • Help us to nurture the congregation spiritually, to grow it numerically and in service to our local community;
    • Model and empower the extension of our ministry to families, young adults and children, with the clear aim of growing the church younger;
    • Inspire and support us in establishing the church as a hub at the heart of the local community;
    • Cultivate and support lay discipleship and lay leadership;
    • Support and mentor our Trustees and help them to further develop and implement the church’s vision;
    • Work with a named Methodist colleague who has other responsibilities in the Airedale Methodist Circuit.

    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.

    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 appointee is legally the ‘leader of the Bishop’s Mission Order’.

    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 much 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.