Priest in Charge (0.5) Bolton St James

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We are looking for a Priest in Charge (0.5 stipend) to come and live and minister with us in our parish.

The parish of Bolton St James is located north of Bradford city centre, and includes some of the city’s central retail parks. It is increasing in population with new properties being built in the Bolton Woods part of the parish. It is also an area of changing demographics, with more people from South Asian Muslim heritage moving into the established housing, alongside others from Eastern Europe. There is a need to welcome new people into the parish, engaging with the new build developments and giving new residents the opportunity to discover Jesus and the life of the local church.

For an informal chat about this post please contact Archdeacon Andy Jolley on 07973 458403

Closing date for applications is 4th January 2022 with interviews planned for 18th January 2022.

St James Bolton is an important church within the Bradford Episcopal Area and the Diocese of Leeds, located on one of the main routes into and out of the city. The church, hall and grounds (including a community garden), make St James a significant focal point in its local neighbourhood, which otherwise lacks an obvious centre. We are looking for an enabling leader who can work with the congregation of St James to keep growing the church numerically and in confident discipleship as well as fostering relationships within the local community in creative ways that serve and offer potential for evangelism. Especially given the part-time nature of this post, we are seeking a person who can strengthen the existing ministry team while growing others in ministry and leadership.

There are three particular priorities for the incoming incumbent:

  1. To build on the last incumbent’s work of providing enabling leadership which grows the church numerically as well as spiritually and in service to its local community. This leadership will include developing appropriate forms of worship and nurture to make new disciples from diverse backgrounds and to take the current lay discipleship and lay leadership to the next level. (S)he will therefore need excellent evangelistic, teaching, team building and team leadership skills.
  1. To develop effective ministry with families, young adults and children, building on previous work, such as Messy Church-style events and the Toddler group, and to cultivate links with the local schools, uniformed groups and other key community organisations (including with Sorted Church, a Bishop’s Mission Order working across this part of Bradford).
  1. To help the church to continue to re-emerge well from the pandemic and to reconnect in creative ways with the local community. We expect that this will involve fostering active and visible relationships within the parish in creative ways, both personally as an individual and also through the congregation. S(he) should be able to engage strategically with the life of the community, contributing with others to a vision for the area, especially with the new housing developments.

We are looking for a person who has, among other things:

  • A proven track record of commitment to and delivery of church growth
  • A track record of leadership which empowers others and grows the confidence and gifts of God’s people
  • A track record of inspiring vision and developing appropriate strategies
  • Experience of developing lay discipleship and leadership
  • Experience of developing ministry with children, young adults and families
  • Experience of co-ordinating different worship styles in a ‘mixed economy’
  • A track record of developing good relationships in the local community

The Diocese of Leeds was formed at Easter 2014. It is one of the largest dioceses in the country covering an area of around 2425 square miles and a population of around 2642400 people. The diocese comprises five Episcopal areas, each served by a suffragan Bishop. Each Episcopal Area is coterminous with an Archdeaconry.

Our vision as a Diocese is about confident clergy equipping confident Christians to live and tell the good news of Jesus Christ.