The Bishop of Leeds and the Lord Chancellor (patron) are seeking a Rector for the Benefice of Lower Teesdale. The parishes of Startforth with Brignall, Bowes, Romaldkirk and Laithkirk include villages, hamlets and farmsteads in the south-west of County Durham, and much of the benefice is within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. They are praying for a priest who will:
• listen to the experience and expectations of the parishioners in order to understand more about the needs of the local area.
• work with the PCCs to formulate and deliver mission priorities
• explore innovative ways of working together
• engage with young people and schools
• help Churches re-energize and grow
• help them to following the Environmental Mission of the Church.
For an informal conversation please contact the Bishop of Ripon, the Rt Revd Dr Helen-Ann Hartley Tel: 01765 601094 or email, via her PA, Mrs Judith Richardson, Judith.firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date 8th February 2022
Shortlisting date 15th February 2022
Interview date 7th March 2022
The Role purpose of our new Rector will be:
We would like our new Rector to:
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.