Something new and exciting is stirring in North-East Bradford!
This new role is being created as part of a Strategic Development Funding-supported project in the Bradford Episcopal Area. A strategic partnership is being created in North-East Bradford of St John’s Greengates and St Cuthbert’s Wrose with Holy Trinity Idle (one of our Resourcing Churches). Working with the Vicar of Idle, the Associate Vicar will have particular responsibilities at St Cuthbert’s and St John’s, and the opportunity to develop new possibilities in mission across the three parishes
We’re looking for someone to join us at the start of this new adventure, to play their part and use their gifts and experience,
Could you be that person?
Closing date for applications is Wed 28th Oct with interviews being held on Wed 11th November.
Holy Trinity Idle is one of five Resourcing Churches within the Bradford Episcopal Area that together have been granted nearly just over £1 million in strategic development funding from the Church Commissioners over the period from 2019 to 2025. A key part of this funding is to provide Operations Management support to the Resourcing Churches, and a series of 2-year part-time Mission Apprentices to develop areas of mission and ministry. In return, the Resourcing Churches are expected to generously share resources with neighbouring parishes and to graciously send people to help revitalise and plant churches.
Holy Trinity has been supporting St John’s Greengates for the past 3 years, particularly in helping to plant a new Sunday afternoon congregation, St John’s Community Church. With the retirement of the vicar of Wrose and the vicar of St John’s now focusing on her responsibilities at St John’s Thorpe Edge, there is now an opportunity to set up a ministry team which can work across the three parishes of Greengates, Idle and Wrose under the leadership of the Vicar of Holy Trinity Idle.
This role holds a symbolic ‘cross-licensing’ between Greengates, Idle and Wrose, with a responsibility to foster and promote deeper partnership between the three parishes. The role of Associate Vicar can be seen as leading from the “second chair”. This involves supporting the Vicar in his overall leadership and guardianship of vision, while being able to offer leadership with particular congregations or aspects of ministry across the three parishes. This role involves leading the implementation of the overall vision for the parishes.
The three parishes are home to c27.000 people, and have a range of contexts and opportunities. Greengates is in the top 8% of most deprived parishes nationally, with a mix of outer estate housing as well as new builds aimed at commuters using nearby Apperley Bridge station. Wrose is the top 16% of most deprived parishes in the country. Idle has more of an urban village feel. There are large numbers of young people in the parishes. Hence there are many schools – including a Church of England primary school and secondary school. Considerable effort has gone into developing ministry in these schools.
1. Facilitate with the Vicar of Idle and other leaders the identification of God’s vision and new initiatives for ministry and mission in Greengates, Idle and Wrose, building upon the experience and achievements so far;
2. Work under the leadership of the Vicar of Idle;
3. Work to strengthen the links and partnership between the three parishes, and with the Vicar of Idle, discern the shape of the future relationship.
4. Offer support to the various congregations across the three parishes where appropriate
5. Collaborate with the ministry team in the parishes in developing pioneering work in the parishes (and beyond as appropriate);
6. A range of other leadership possibilities exist, to be negotiated with the Vicar of Idle dependent on interest, ability and experience.
Our vision as the Diocese is about confident clergy equipping confident Christians to live and tell the good news of Jesus Christ. For all of our appointments we are seeking clergy who have a joyful and confident faith which has inspired a track record of church growth.
The Diocese has five strategy goals:
Goal 5: Growing young people as Christians