Priest in Charge of St Stephen Lindley

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St Stephen’s Church and its vicarage lie at the heart of the vibrant village of Lindley, lying 2.5 miles north of Huddersfield and also within easy reach of the cities of Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield. There are excellent links further afield via the M62/M1 motorways and the railway station has a good train service to London, Manchester and Leeds.

This committed church community are looking for a new priest who has the ability to connect with the congregation and community through faith, sermons and action, reaching out to everyone and extending ministry with families and young people. In return we offer you a warm welcome from our multi-generational congregation, and a vibrant local community with connections to a number of schools.

The closing date for this post is 16th November 2020

Interviews will be held on 2nd December 2020

If you require further information including copies of the accounts or would like a conversation about this post please do not hesitate to contact The Ven Dr Anne Dawtry, Archdeacon of Halifax by email initially on . She will then arrange to have a telephone or Zoom conversation with you.

Post Introduction

St Stephen’s Lindley is a busy parish on the edge of Huddersfield with a traditional village at its heart but also serving several new commuter estates. Our vision for the future is to:

· Grow the church family

· Increase engagement and help for the parish community and further afield

· Continue to provide a space for spiritual growth where people love to come and worship

· Provide opportunities for our wider community

· Widen our relationships with outside organisations

· Provide a flexible space for all to use

· Provide a modern church and facilities

Main Responsibilities

We are looking for a new priest who will:

· Connect with the congregation and community through faith, sermons and action

· Cultivate a growth in discipleship and develop lay leadership

· Be an excellent communicator extending our welcome and outreach

· Show compassion and energy in developing our pastoral work

· Grow our ministry with families and young people and work creatively with our schools

· Support the musical tradition of the church

In return we can offer you:

· A warm welcome from a hard-working congregation

· A congregation of all ages including many families

· A vibrant local community with connections to many schools

· A congregation already engaged in outreach

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will be:

· A good listener showing compassion and energy

· An excellent communicator able to deliver a clear message through all forms of media

· Confident in chairing the PCC and other committees

· Collaborative - able and willing to delegate

· Committed to working alongside our schools

· Able to cultivate discipleship, lay leadership and stewardship within the church

· Prayerful and able to inspire

Please see the Person Specification attached 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)

The parish of Lindley lies in the Huddersfield Deanery of the Archdeaconry of Halifax and the Huddersfield Episcopal Area. 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.