Team Vicar of Keighley - Mission

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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 Mission and another post of Team Vicar (Discipleship 0.5, combined with a 0.5 Lay Training Officer post.

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 overseeing and developing mission in the parish, especially in the town centre and to the estate communities of the town. 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 mission in the town of Keighley, building upon the experience and achievements so far.

2. Lead pioneer mission in the town centre, particularly with those affected by the storms of life, including line management responsibility for the Town Centre Ministries Coordinator.

3. Develop and oversee the strategic approach to mission in our outer estate communities with line management of any Estates focused Mission Apprentice and the Good Food Keighley Project Coordinator.

4. Oversee the work of the CAP Debt Centre Manager and develop befriending and volunteering that supports clients and enables them to find their way into the life of the church.

5. Work with each of the congregations to enable missional thinking and planning appropriate to the context and resources; and invite members from across the churches into effective whole parish outreach activities.

6. Coordinate the relationship with public and voluntary sector agencies involved in community development.

7. Work with others to keep the bigger horizon in view, seeing the churches in Keighley as instruments of the Kingdom of God, led by the Holy Spirit to be both servants of the community alongside other agencies whilst also bringing a prophetic voice to the church and community.

We are looking for a team player who is confident in their own faith and secure in their own identity as a Christian leader and who has, amongst other things:

  • 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
  • Experience of mission in a context with high levels of deprivation
  • Experience in creating community in ‘non church’ contexts
  • Awareness and knowledge of current and emerging patterns in the theology and practice of discipleship and models of ministry and mission.
  • An understanding of Safeguarding

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