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 on 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 18th Jan 2021 with interviews on 29th Jan 2021. For an informal chat about this post please contact Archdeacon Andy Jolley on 07973 458403
We are seeking a dynamic, enabling Anglican leader to join our leadership team. Pre-Covid we were at an exciting stage in our development, with a clear vision of where we were going. During the pandemic we have lost much and gained much, and we are looking for a leader who can refresh our vision, helping us to discern what to bring with us and what to leave behind. This person will fill a key role in the team and will, in the eyes of both us and our children, be a:
Happy Caring Empowering Listening Visionary Prayerful Diplomatic Innovative Jesus Shaped Person
He/she will help us to discover new ways of being the church in Eldwick, both within current restrictions and in a post-Covid world. In the light of that they will:
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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:
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.