St Margaret's is an inner city parish with a predomminently Asian Muslim population. The church has key strengths in lay leadership and in ministry with children and young people. It has also enjoyed a strong reputation locally for its community-facing ministry.
Through circumstance it has been a mainly lay-led church for the last few years and now wants to pursue this path more formally and so seeks a minister who can work in partnership with the lay leaders to nurture a growing and sustainable body of Christians, reaching out effectively to the surrounding communities with the good news of Jesus Christ and playing its part in the wider mission of his church in Bradford and beyond..
The post is part-time, Sundays plus 3 other days and comes with a half stipend and housing.
For an informal chat please contact Ven Dr Andy Jolley, Archdeacon of Bradford
Closing date for applications is 19th April, with interviews planned for 7th May.
There are six particular priorities for the interim Minister:
We are looking for an ordained Anglican priest who has:
Our vision as a 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 looking for someone who has a joyful and confident faith which can inspire church growth, both numerically and spiritually. We are also seeking someone with the skills to be able to support, develop and stretch others into sustainable patterns of lay leadership.
We have 5 Strategy goals:
1. Thriving as a distinctive diocese whose culture is shaped by a shared vision and values
2. Reimagining ministry
3.Nurturing Lay discipleship
4. Building leadership pathways
5. Growing young people as Christians
St Margaret’s is located in the Deanery of Inner Bradford, now 4 years old. The Deanery is comprised of parishes similar in demographic context to St Margaret’s, many of whom are experimenting with mixing new approaches to worship and mission alongside inherited patterns. The interim minister will therefore find a group of creative and supportive colleagues in Deanery chapter, all of whom will be deeply familiar with the joys and challenges that each other faces. The new post holder will therefore be expected to work with a spirit of generosity in sharing wisdom and insights about ministry, and especially with regard to “lay-led churches”, within the Deanery of Inner Bradford and across the Episcopal Area.