Priest in Charge - Benefice of Collingham with Harewood and the Benefice of Spofforth with Kirk Deighton

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The parishes of Collingham with Harewood, and Spofforth with Kirk Deighton, Follifoot and Little Ribston are located between Leeds and Harrogate, and west of Wetherby. These two parishes are home to many who work in the surrounding towns and cities, and also include large areas of working countryside. The parishes want to move forward and grow in faith and congregations, following the promptings of the Holy Spirit. They are looking forward to welcoming a Priest-in-Charge who is a person of deep personal faith who is enthusiastic in sharing this, working with ordained and lay team members to develop the spiritual life of the parishes and to respond to opportunities for mission. The Priest-in-Charge will be supported by an Associate Priest, Reader, churchwardens, and PCC and DCC members.

The shortlisting meeting will be held on Thursday 20th May 2021

Interviews will be held on Thursday 10th June 2021(please note due to the current situation there is the possibility the interviews may be held via Zoom)

If the interviews are held via Zoom an in-person visit ahead of the interview, in compliance with current COVID regulations, will hopefully be possible.

If you require any further details 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,


  • To advance the Kingdom of God in the benefices through prayer, effective leadership and collaboration, having a missional mindset and reliance on the Holy Spirit
  • In collaboration with the Bishops and local colleagues to exercise the cure of souls and carry out the ministry of word and sacrament
  • To be rooted in and reach out to the local communities, and give parishioners pastoral support and service (including baptisms, weddings and funerals) as required
  • To enable, support and encourage confident Christians to live and tell the good news of Jesus Christ across the benefice


  • Bring an innovative, contemporary, imaginative and creative approach to church growth both numerically and spiritually, working closely with the Associate Priest, Reader, Churchwardens and laity to allow the mutual flourishing of our congregations
  • Oversee the work of the Associate Priest, supporting their ministry and development
  • Provide visionary, positive and effective leadership, support and guidance for the benefice
  • Work with the Churchwardens, PCCs and DCCs to ensure the most efficient and effective structures for governance and financial provision of each church, and develop plans for mission
  • Speak and preach inspirationally to varied audiences across all age and minority groups to inspire believers and non-believers to reflection and commitment, encouraging their prayer life by relating the gospel to their everyday lives, using Anglican liturgy flexibly
  • Develop lay leadership and ministries across the parishes, in particular small group teaching and learning, and pastoral, children and young people’s ministries
  • Draw out the skills and talents of the laity and encourage their use in worship and for mission in the community and beyond with both adults and children and young people
  • Grow and develop the ministry and involvement of the church within local schools and continue to support their governance and programmes of collective worship
  • Strengthen work with children and young people through ministry to families, choirs, music groups, and children and youth groups of each church, as well as community groups
  • Plan, organise and lead worship which seeks to give glory to God and help people to connect with Him in a variety of ways from the traditional to the contemporary. This will be done in partnership with the Associate Priest, Reader, laity, musicians and choirs, recognising the needs of the different parishes
  • Respect and work with the different traditions in the churches within the benefices
  • Be a visible, approachable and engaging presence in the communities
  • Committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults, raising concerns as appropriate
  • Encourage and develop mission within the benefices in co-operation with other churches in the Deanery and ecumenical colleagues
  • Maintain professional development and links with the Deanery and Diocese to bring new challenges to grow the witness of faith in the parishes
  • Commit to area and Diocesan study days, Deanery Synods, Clergy Chapter and CMD

  • A living and personal relationship with Jesus including a deep prayer life; Spirit led, listening and responding to God’s voice; servant hearted
  • Experience of developing discipleship within congregations, recognising the different ways individuals grow in faith
  • Knowledge of different worship styles and the spiritual resources available for different styles, including web based technologies
  • Ability to think broadly, analyse a situation and value diverse perspectives
  • Ability to make a full contribution to the collective worship, curriculum and governance of the church schools within the parishes
  • Effective organisation and time management skills
  • Ability to engage, motivate, inspire and delegate through effective people management skills
  • Able to effectively coordinate teams
  • Able to assist the laity to identify their skills and talents and encourage their use in worship and mission to help grow the churches
  • Able to monitor and assess the performance of the Associate Priest, and the effectiveness of the contribution that lay members, children and young people bring to the lives of the churches
  • Ability to identify and respond to opportunities for mission within the parishes
  • Experience of supporting and developing the laity involved in leading small group teaching and learning, pastoral ministry, and children and young people’s ministries
  • Experience of encouraging, supporting and nurturing those needing the service of the church for baptisms, weddings and funerals, and those unable to participate in church services; demonstrable pastoral skills
  • Ability to speak and preach inspirationally in a variety of styles and formats to a broad range of listeners with varying outlooks, ages and understanding, exploiting available technology
  • Ability to build good relationships with congregations, encouraging them to deepen their discipleship
  • Confidence to envision and lead change in sensitive and collaborative ways as both leader and team player
  • Be forward thinking and not afraid to question current practices constructively, whilst maintaining positive relationships

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.