Slaidburn with Tosside - House for Duty Priest in Charge

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The Parish of Slaidburn with Tosside sits in the Hodder Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the borders of North Yorkshire and Lancashire. It includes the villages of Slaidburn, Tosside, Dunsop Bridge and Dale Head, and a large area of working farmland. These active communities are looking for strong, dignified, spiritual leadership from someone with previous experience as Incumbent or Priest in Charge. Their new Priest will have an understanding of the opportunities and challenges of a very rural ministry and will be keen to develop fresh ways of reaching into the community as well as will continuing the important links with schools and young people. The worshipping tradition of the Parish is described as ‘Low Church Conservative Evangelical’.

This is a House for Duty post.

The closing date is Sunday 23rd January 2022

The shortlisting meeting will be held on Wednesday 2nd February 2022

Interviews will be held on Thursday 17th February 2022

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact the Rt. Revd. Dr Helen-Ann Hartley, Bishop of Ripon, Tel: 01765 601094 or email her PA Mrs Judith Richardson,

We are looking for someone who will:

  • bring strong, dignified, spiritual standards of worship to all our churches and encourage the spiritual growth and discipleship of our parishioners through teaching, preaching and prayer
  • foster the stewardship of time, talents and money of our worshipping community in order to see the ministry of the church grow.
  • encourage the laity to become more involved in the leadership of the church and its ministry.
  • seek opportunities to promote the mission and outreach of the parish.
  • support and encourage the pupils, staff and governors at our church school with continued contact through pastoral visits and acts of worship in morning assemblies.
  • develop links with the secular organisations in the area and encourage their involvement in the life of the parish.
  • work with the PCC and be both a leader and a listener to help the council in the promotion of the Gospel message in the community and the day-to-day practicalities of the fabric and finance.
  • respond to the challenges of a very rural ministry and take opportunities to be an advocate for rural issues.
  • work with the Diocese and Deanery for support and encouragement in the work in the parish.

  • Be an encouraging leader of worship able to maintain the traditions of the parish whilst keeping worship fresh and alive.
  • Be an excellent communicator in preaching and teaching the gospel.
  • Have experience of the skills and talents of the laity.
  • Be able to encourage practical Christianity in the lives of the laity
  • Be able to value and appreciate the volunteers
  • Be able to handle meetings efficiently and effectively
  • Have a good understanding of parish finances

The 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 is unprecedented in the history of the Church of England. It covers an area of around 2,425 square miles, and a population of around 2,642,400 people.

The three former dioceses were created in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to cater for massive population changes brought about by industrialisation and, later, mass immigration. The diocese comprises major cities (Bradford, Leeds, Wakefield), large industrial and post-industrial towns (Halifax, Huddersfield, Dewsbury), a spa town (Harrogate), market towns (Skipton, Ripon, Richmond and Wetherby), and deeply rural areas (the Dales). The whole of life is here, along with all the richness, diversity and complexities of a changing world.

The Diocesan Bishop (The Rt Rev’d Nick Baines) is assisted by five Area Bishops (Bradford, Huddersfield, Kirkstall, Wakefield and Ripon) and five archdeacons (Bradford, Halifax, Leeds, Pontefract, Richmond & Craven). The Bishop of Ripon is the Rt Rev’d Dr Helen-Ann Hartley.

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, both numerically and spiritually.