Archdeacon of Richmond and Craven

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Richmond and Craven

Due to the preferment of the postholder, the Bishop of Leeds is looking to appoint a new archdeacon to work with us as we create a new shape for the Church of England in this part of Yorkshire.

We are looking for a gifted and experienced priest to join the leadership team of our unique diocese.

The Archdeacon of Richmond and Craven will be able to engage with those in church and in the communities which play such a large part of life in rural areas. We have many committed clergy and lay people serving in demanding contexts and the new archdeacon will will have an understanding of some of the tougher aspects of rural life as well as the more appealing ones. Their primary role will be to know the people, encourage, accompany and be an advocate for them; have a willingness to think creatively about collaboration and partnership, and encouraging vocation to both lay and ordained ministries.

One of five archdeaconries, Richmond & Craven covers one of the most beautiful parts of rural England, including the Yorkshire Dales National Park – a huge area comprising towns such as Harrogate, Skipton, Wetherby, Ripon, and many smaller communities.

The Archdeacon of Richmond and Craven will play a significant part in developing the vision, working closely with the Bishop of Ripon to shape ministry and mission in the archdeaconry.

This post demands an ability to be able to progress the strategy through the Anglican framework of the Mission and Pastoral, Faculty Jurisdiction and Patronage Benefices Measures. The capacity to pay attention to detail whilst holding the big picture is essential.

For an informal conversation, please contact the Rt Revd Dr Helen-Ann Hartley at: Mobile: +44 (0)7568536408

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Thank you for your interest in the post of Archdeacon of Richmond and Craven.

I am looking for a gifted and experienced priest to join the leadership team of this unique young diocese. Now four years old, and still working at creating a new shape for the Church of England in this part of Yorkshire, this post demands an ability to work 'what is' while creating 'what might be'. An ability to pay attention to detail whilst holding the big picture is essential, especially as we face the challenges of the next few years.

The Archdeaconry of Richmond and Craven is one of five in the diocese. It presents great opportunities and many challenges – especially given its size and rural range. Clergy and parishes need encouragement, visionary application and strategic vision. That is, the new archdeacon must be able to enable vision to be realised by paying attention to institutional structures and processes, advising accurately, and building on the courageous work of the previous archdeacon who grasped many of the difficult nettles here.

The Diocese of Leeds comprises all the ecclesial traditions of the Church of England. It also reaches across urban, suburban and rural communities, where the challenge for the future involves not only the future of buildings, but also how the Gospel is to be faithfully and creatively proclaimed and lived in a changing world. We aim to be a vibrant diocese, equipping confident clergy to enable confident Christians to live and tell the Good News in our large region.

The new archdeacon will play a significant part in developing and implementing this vision, working closely with the Bishop of Ripon to shape ministry and mission in the archdeaconry, and with the Bishop of Leeds' Staff across the diocese.

The diocese is engaged in reimagining ministry by both clergy and lay people for the future. Development and training is changing, but the need to grow disciples who, in turn, make disciples remains key.

I seek an able and resilient priest who has the capacity to become an archdeacon who grasps, interprets and advises on buildings, law and finance - all with a missional dynamic. Recognising the extent of the specifications that follow, it should be noted that I seek candidates with potential for development and growth into the skills required by the role as described.

The Rt Revd Nicholas Baines

The Bishop of Leeds

The Archdeacon of Richmond & Craven is a senior priestly presence in the Archdeaconry, a proven leader in mission and parish development. Working collaboratively and alongside the others in the Area and Diocese, he or she is responsible for:

  • playing a key role in enabling the shaping, facilitating and resourcing of congregational growth, encouraging evangelism, nurture of new Christians and outreach into our communities in service
  • supporting parishes in developing a structure for mission and implementing it
  • local delivery of diocesan strategy and policy, including attendance at appropriate diocesan, area and local meetings
  • collaborative and partnership working with Area Deans, supporting, guiding and working with them to strengthen the life and energy of the deaneries
  • knowing the parishes intimately, advocating for them in committees, and advising them on process and procedure in order to maximize confidence and minimize bureaucratic frustration
  • playing a leading role in the Area Mission and Pastoral Committee, and advocating its recommendations/decisions on the Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Committee at the Diocesan Board Meeting
  • chairing Safeguarding Core Groups when required
  • in accordance with the diocesan policy, conducting regular Ministerial Development Reviews with all clergy of incumbent status in the Archdeaconry, and advising on appropriate training, sabbatical or other particular development needs
  • support for chaplains in schools and in further and higher education, drawing them and their ministries into the life of their Deanery as well as the Episcopal Area; this also pertains to hospital, prison and military chaplaincies
  • along with the Area Bishop, exercising pastoral oversight within the Archdeaconry, working (especially) with Area Deans in the pastoral care of clergy, their families, and others as appropriate
  • engaging with communications in the diocese, encouraging parishes to tell their stories and directly informing the Communications Officer
  • support the cathedrals as a member of the College of Canons
  • preaching and leading services at churches throughout the Archdeaconry
  • under the leadership of the Area Bishop, managing the appointment of clergy and chaplains within the Archdeaconry - working with the bishops, patrons, area deans, deanery lay chairs and administrative staff, to enable diocesan resources to be used to their best potential and the recruitment of the best possible candidates
  • encouraging the involvement and engagement of the full range of people who live or work in the episcopal area
  • developing and encouraging positive relationships with ecumenical partners and other faith communities
  • promoting appropriate links with local authorities and other agencies
  • ensuring efficient administration, excellent communication, and that issues are dealt with promptly.

Statutory responsibilities

Archdeacons' statutory responsibilities are laid out in Canon C22 and other legislation and are, in summary:

  • oversight of Glebe and parsonages within the Archdeaconry, working in close partnership with the Diocesan Secretary and the Diocesan Property Department
  • oversight of all churches in the Archdeaconry, attending meetings of the Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) and ensuring that proper records are kept in churches.
  • visiting churchyards and parishes to prepare reports for the Registrar when consecrations or closures are required
  • conducting quinquennial Visitations in parishes and carrying out duties under the Inspection of Churches Measure 1955
  • holding annual visitations and admitting churchwardens to their office
  • working with the Bishop, taking responsibility for identifying the need for pastoral reorganisation and negotiating proposals with all other interested parties
  • being involved in consultations which arise from clergy vacancies and in the subsequent recruitment process (including the development of role descriptions, the interviews and the appointment of the nominated candidate).
  • at the request of the Bishop, inducting any priest who has been instituted to a Benefice
  • under the guidance of the Registrar or Diocesan Chancellor, being appropriately involved in matters of clergy discipline and capability including the specific duties set out in the Clergy Discipline Measure 2003 and the Ecclesiastical Office (Terms of Service) Measure 2009
  • investigating grievances.

It is a requirement of Canon Law that candidates must have served at least six years in Holy Orders. The person appointed to be Archdeacon of Richmond & Craven will be an experienced priest, with a deep understanding and knowledge of the Church of England, and with a proven commitment to church growth and effective collaborative leadership. He or she will have:

  • a clear and lively sense of vocation as a disciple of Christ and a priest who roots his/her ministry in the diaconal, priestly and episcopal charges of the Ordinals
  • a firm commitment to the mission of the Church as a priority at all times, rooted in disciplined prayer, the study of the Scriptures, and continuing theological education
  • a person of prayer and theological reflection
  • a good understanding and experience of rural ministry and mission, and a grasp of rural affairs in general, as well as an ability to relate to and resource larger churches (including a commitment to working with Canon Robin Gamble on developing a rural LYCiG)
  • physical stamina and a willingness to drive long distances on country roads
  • commitment to the Five Guiding Principles regarding the ordination of women to the priesthood and episcopate, able to relate to all traditions across the church
  • a firm and proven commitment to Safeguarding, with appropriate responses to survivors of abuse and to those accused
  • the ability to relate to, and value, all traditions and to hold them together in tension
  • good, effective, and adaptable ability to preach, communicate and lead worship
  • demonstrable ability to think strategically and implement vision; effectiveness in developing and implementing strategy and a record of delivering results
  • ability to hold the big picture while attending to the detail
  • sharp theological acumen; the ability to interpret and engage in robust theological debate
  • understanding and insights into new patterns of ministry; commitment to the development of lay ministry in all its forms
  • wisdom, resourcefulness and adaptability to new challenges, tasks and situations
  • proven experience of managing change, handling conflict and division, and the ability to make potentially difficult decisions when necessary
  • resilience, self-understanding and stamina: the workload is always demanding and often stressful
  • a commitment to pastoral care a concern for the welfare of clergy and their families; strong pastoral gifts, inspiring and building confidence in both clergy and lay people
  • listening and coaching skills; the ability to nurture and encourage skills and gifts
  • demonstrable leadership skills; the ability to deploy different styles according to the context, to use sensitivity and humour, to question, encourage and enable, chivvy and admonish cheerfully and to inspire trust and confidence
  • ability to interpret architectural plans and understand the significance of buildings and churchyards for the mission of the church
  • skills in prioritising and managing workload; the resilience and ability to see projects through to completion; effective and efficient administration skills
  • skills in negotiating, working collaboratively, team working and chairing meetings
  • the ability to understand accounts, balance sheets and statistics and to grasp legal, property and financial issues quickly
  • be computer-literate, an organised prioritiser, and an adaptable encourager

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