Chaplain to the Bishop of Sheffield

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Bishopscroft, Snaithing Lane, Sheffield
£28,902 per year

The Bishop exercises the primary apostolic ministry for the Diocese of Sheffield, leading in mission, presiding over its sacramental life, offering Bible teaching and pastoral care. Bishop Pete seeks to live out his calling prayerfully, joyfully and collaboratively, looking to God to renew, release and rejuvenate the Diocese of Sheffield by 2025.

As chief pastor to the pastors, the Bishop has particular care for the clergy and all licenced lay ministers, including deanery lay chairs and church wardens. Bishop Pete expects to have regular pastoral meetings with individual clergy, and to use Bishopscroft house and gardens as a place of hospitality for ordained and lay leaders, and for civic and community leaders.

Bishop Pete shares his episcopal authority and responsibility fully and collegially within the Diocese with the Bishop of Doncaster, and then with the Dean of Sheffield, the Archdeacons and the other members of the Bishop’s Senior Staff Team. This sharing of missionary and apostolic oversight is of course shared with every licensed priest, but among them primarily with the associate archdeacons and area deans. Governance responsibility for the Diocese is likewise shared, principally through the Bishop’s Council and Diocesan Synod.

The Bishop of Sheffield is seeking to appoint a Chaplain, to assist and enrich his ministry, in particular by praying for him and with him, and by enabling his pastoral support of clergy and lay leaders across the Diocese. The Chaplain will act as secretary to the Bishop’s Senior Staff Team (BSST).

The successful applicant will be joyful and hopeful, generous and kind-hearted, unafraid of failure and energised by challenge. Theological ability and administrative efficiency will be required, and considerable resources of patience. Priests from more catholic traditions, and from UKME backgrounds are currently under-represented on the BSST: applicants from them are most welcome.

*Please find further information about this post attached below including a letter from the Bishop of Sheffield, the Job Description and the Recruitment Brochure.

For an informal chat please contact Wendy Whitfield, Senior PA to the Bishop of Sheffield at

Interviews will be held on the 8th September 2021.

This post is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure.

The Role


  • To support the Bishop in liaising with colleagues over matters of strategic development in the mission of the diocese.
  • To support the Bishop in the implementation of core elements around the priorities in ‘Renewed! Released! Rejuvenated!’, particularly in aspects of recruitment and orientation of new clergy.
  • To defend the Bishop from the clamour of the present moment, to assist him in remaining faithful to the strategic priorities of his ministry and to persevere with joy.
  • To act as required as the Bishop's personal representative with individuals, to parishes and at particular events/meetings, and on task groups within the Diocese.


  • To take primary responsibility, for the Bishop, for worship and prayer in the life of the Bishop’s Senior Staff Team and for the staff at Bishopscroft, including the daily round of Morning and Evening Prayer in the Bishopscroft Chapel and occasional services of Holy Communion.
  • To oversee planning for key services across the Diocese and at the Cathedral, including confirmations and institutions, and to support the Bishop at these services as requested; to liaise closely with the Chaplain and PA to the Bishop of Doncaster in this regard.
  • To advise on and provide bespoke prayers and liturgies, faithful to the Anglican tradition, for a variety of civic and ecclesiastical occasions.
  • To attend the Bishop in the Cathedral on principal feasts and at ordinations, and other major services; and to attend the Bishop on occasion at institutions, licensings and confirmations in the Diocese.

Pastoral and Administrative

  • With the Senior PA, to be a person to whom the Bishop can turn and speak to in confidence.
  • To service the Bishop’s Senior Staff Team by acting as secretary, and to facilitate, and if required be secretary to, other meetings as required, shaping agendas and ensuring that the Bishop follows through with any agreed actions.
  • To be the Bishop’s primary point of contact with clergy and lay leaders, including by managing correspondence and emails to and from the Bishop and his clergy and to alert the Bishop to key pastoral needs among the clergy, including new arrivals into the Diocese, illness, births, bereavement, significant birthdays and so on.
  • To manage Ministerial Development Reviews: allocating these to members of the Bishop’s Senior Staff Team.
  • To respond to ‘Bishop to Bishop’ enquiries and reference requests as required by the Bishop, seeking and providing Clergy Current Status Letters; and to process movement forms.
  • To maintain the database of clergy safeguarding training and DBS checks, to ensure these are constantly up to date.
  • To maintain the database of clergy Permissions to Officiate and the list of retired clergy, to ensure these are constantly up to date.
  • To maintain the database of clergy and their family members and all contact and address lists associated with the Bishop’s public ministry and personal relationships.
  • To oversee any ministerial paperwork which requires the Bishop’s signature by virtue of his jurisdiction.
  • To assist the Bishop in the administration of grants to clergy and their families.
  • To support the Senior PA in the management of the Bishop’s Office, working with the Senior PA to ensure that the Bishop is fully and appropriately briefed for all engagements.
  • To undertake whatever other tasks the Bishop may reasonably require.


  • To oversee the administration of the Clergy Discipline Measure and complaint/grievance procedures relating to clergy.
  • To be the first point of contact in the Bishop’s Office for safeguarding matters; to liaise with the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser and the Archdeacon of Doncaster (Safeguarding Lead for the Bishop’s Senor Staff Team); to attend Core Group case meetings on behalf of the Bishop.
  • To be the first point of contact in the Bishop’s Office with the Diocesan Registry, regarding the suspension of benefices and pastoral re-organisations and the issue of licences.
  • To act as the Bishop’s Data Protection Compliance Officer for ensuring that the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 are followed; this includes processing subject access requests, maintaining clergy files, and providing advice to the Bishop as necessary.

The Requirements

  • Work to the Bishop, his agenda and priorities, focused on assisting his ministry, with wisdom, good humour, and steadfast hope.
  • Be emotionally intelligent and theologically alert, with a strong ability for reading people and situations, relating well across a diverse range of ages, personalities, cultures and theological convictions.
  • Be flexible and adaptable, able to work to tight deadlines, to prioritise, to cope with complex and competing demands, and to assemble resources on a wide variety of subjects.
  • Enjoy working as part of a small team, with the spontaneity and natural generosity which interdependence requires.
  • Provide pastoral support to the Bishop’s Staff, with a proven capacity to work calmly and effectively through more stressful seasons of ministry.
  • Be computer literate, and able to draft texts, letters, memos and other documents to a high standard and with attention to detail.
  • Work to the highest levels of confidentiality and loyalty, yet ready to challenge the Bishop and hold him to the highest standards of integrity and Christian ministry; to provide the Bishop with a sense of perspective and to help him to laugh at himself.
  • Be familiar and creative with traditional and contemporary liturgies, able to lead effectively diverse forms of worship.
  • Have a passion for evangelism, growing disciples and the growth of the church.
  • quickly be able to develop a working knowledge of the vacancy processes of the Church of England and an ability to liaise with the Archdeacons, Area Deans and Patrons.
  • Be confident and assured in following due process in supporting the bishop in all matters relating to safeguarding and clergy discipline.
  • Have a full driving licence.
  • This post is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure.

The Diocese of Sheffield was formed in 1914 and is in the Northern Province of York. It has a population of approximately 1.4 million people, 86 stipendiary incumbents, 59 Mission Areas and 216 churches. There are also a number of ordained chaplains working across hospitals, prisons, sports and police sectors. It spreads over Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster and the subsidiary towns and villages of those areas, covering most of South Yorkshire (approximately half of Barnsley) and small parts of North Yorkshire, the East Riding and North Lincolnshire. It is separated into two Archdeaconries: Sheffield and Rotherham; and Doncaster.

For further information about the Diocese see: