Team Vicar of Keighley - Discipleship (0.5) and Lay Training Officer (0.5) Bradford Episcopal Area

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The town of Keighley is situated eleven miles north-west of Bradford and has a population of approximately 50,000. A prosperous mill town, renowned for its engineering, during the industrial revolution Keighley today is a challenging place with areas of high deprivation and a multicultural population struggling to live well together.

According to the 2011 Census the age profile data shows that Keighley is a very young town - 29% are children and young people under the age of 18, a significantly higher percentage than the national average of 21%. With regard to religious adherence 38.2% of people registered as Christian, 37.1% as Muslim, 17.6% as having no religion, 6.2% did not state and 0.9% were from other religions. According to the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) data 2017, Keighley Parish is counted 378 out of 12,544 parishes across the country. This is based on measures such as education, employment, health, housing and crime, and shows that our parish is within the top 4% of the most deprived parishes in England.

We are looking to fill two Team Vicar positions. This one is the Team Vicar for Discipleship 0.5, combined with a 0.5 Lay Training Officer post. The other is a f/t Team Vicar for Mission

Closing date for applications is 25th Nov with interviews on 6th December 2021.

Keighley Parish is an exciting, if complex, place to be. Now five years old, there is much to celebrate in this initial period as a united parish, yet still much to be worked out as we look to the next five. The united parish was formed in 2016 with a vision of finding new ways to share resources and work well together. Stipendiary roles were re-imagined, ensuring a greater outward focus. The town centre church was revitalised by a transplanted congregation, and by the end of 2019 new projects were growing and developing, and all churches were showing signs of new life. Keighley is one of five ‘Resourcing Parishes’ in the successful Bradford Episcopal Area bid to the Strategic Development Fund (SDF).


The ministry model for the Parish of Keighley recognises the Rector as Incumbent but gives clear responsibility to each of the stipendiary clergy to lead in a significant area of church life whilst sharing in the mission across the town. For this role, this is about developing discipleship for people of all ages. This is a team role requiring close collaboration with ordained and lay members across the different churches.

The person appointed will:

1. Be the priest who will facilitate with other leaders the identification of God’s vision for discipleship for people of all ages in the town of Keighley, building upon the experience and achievements so far.

2. Develop age- and context-appropriate discipleship and leadership development models to be used across the churches and communities of Keighley, with responsibility for supporting house group leaders and others running nurture and discipleship groups.

3. Oversee and line manage the Youth Worker, Children and Family Worker and Under 5s Workers, in their work within our churches and in our outreach to those beyond our churches, and be the lead advocate for ministry with children, young people and families.

4. Coordinate the strategic approach for the relationship with schools across the parish and the ways in which the parish can support the curriculum, deliver effective collective worship and build links with families connected to each school.

5. Be the focal point for support of the churches’ engagement with uniformed organisations.

Lay Training:

In line with the General Synod Report (GS1977), Developing Discipleship, to work as part of a diocesan team of lay training officers to provide high quality theological education and training to deepen the discipleship and mission of adults within this diverse diocese delivering accredited and non-accredited courses, in episcopal areas across the diocese. The vision is that of a learning community that discerns, develops and forms the gifts that the people of God bring to the mission and ministry of the church. The Diocese aims to provide high quality training that is both relevant and appropriate as it seeks to grow a mixed economy church delivering the diocesan vision of Confident Christians……..Growing Churches…..Transforming Communities.

As part of the Lay Training team, the post holder will work collaboratively with the Diocesan Lay Training team so that there is seamless provision for people wishing to access learning at different levels, and take responsibility for an area of training as requested.

Full details of this art of the role can be found in the Role Description document.

We are looking for someone with:

  • Experience of typical ordained parish ministry in the Church of England
  • A proven track record of commitment to and delivery of church growth
  • A track record of leadership which empowers others and grows God’s people in discipleship and confident use of their gifts
  • A track record of working well and collaboratively in a team
  • A track record of overseeing effective ministry with children, young people and families
  • A track record of developing lay ministry; gifted teacher
  • Evidence of having formed effective working relationships with a diverse range of people including internal and external partners as well as delivering effective training with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Experience of working constructively across the diverse theological and ecclesiastical traditions of the Anglican Church.

The Diocese of Leeds was formed at Easter 2014. It is one of the largest dioceses in the country covering an area of around 2,425 square miles and a population of around 2,642,400 people. The diocese comprises five Episcopal areas, each served by a suffragan Bishop. Each Episcopal Area is coterminous with an Archdeaconry.

The Diocesan Vision is ‘confident Christians, growing churches, transforming communities and so helping share the Good News of Jesus Christ across our Diocese’. This Vision is embedded into the Diocesan Strategy and Goals.

The Diocese is a mix of urban and rural. The area includes the major cities of Bradford, Leeds and Wakefield; the large industrial and post-industrial towns of Halifax, Huddersfield and Dewsbury; the market towns of Harrogate, Skipton, Ripon, Richmond and Wetherby; and the deeply rural area of the Yorkshire Dales.

It is unique in having three cathedrals; Bradford, Ripon and Wakefield. The Deans of the Cathedrals work together to provide key diocesan services