Priest in Charge of St Michael & All Angels, Cottingley (part time 0.5 stipend)

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We seek to appoint a prayerful and energetic priest who loves Jesus and loves people. They must be committed to working in a team with shared priorities.

Cottingley is a great place to live, work and worship. Here is a chance to shape the ministry in this welcoming, inclusive and growing church.

This exciting and unique opportunity combines pastoral responsibility at St Michael’s with the role of Executive Chair of Cottingley Community Centre - a thriving community centre that brings a positive difference to the people of Cottingley and the surrounding area.

Closing date for applications is 29th May with interviews on 21st June 2022.

Cottingley is an important single church parish of around 5,500 people located between Bingley and Shipley. St Michael’s Cottingley brings together a lively and growing congregation which is committed to following Jesus, and a strong engagement with the local community, particularly since 2008 through the adjoining purpose-built Cottingley Community Centre.

Our vision as the Diocese is about confident clergy equipping confident Christians to live and tell the good news of Jesus Christ. For this post, we are seeking an enabling leader with a track record of church growth, both numerically and spiritually, who has a joyful and confident faith. We want to appoint someone who loves Jesus and loves people, who can work with the congregation to reimagine and recover ministry following the pandemic, grow the church, develop confident discipleship, and sustain and develop engagement with the local community. Especially given the part-time nature of this post, we are seeking a person who can inspire and develop others into ministry, leadership and responsibility alongside themselves.

From the perspective of the Episcopal Area, we see four particular priorities for the incoming priest-in-charge:

  1. To provide leadership that enables numerical church growth, serving the local community, and sustaining and developing a ‘mixed ecology’ of new forms of church and worship to grow a wider diversity of ages and more balanced gender mix in the congregation. In particular, this will involve developing and implementing a sustainable strategy for effective and appropriate ministry and styles of worship to reach out to both men and women, and also to families, young people and children in order to grow young people as Christian
  2. To grow the church spiritually, continuing the building up of confident lay ministry from the congregation, both in depth and numbers. This will include developing pathways for greater discipleship and increased lay leadership, and encouraging individuals to develop in their faith and use their gifts and talents. The incoming priest-in-charge will therefore need excellent teaching, team building and team leadership skills.
  3. To help the church to re-emerge well from the pandemic and to rethink how to reconnect in creative ways with the local community, and especially with those who experience loneliness and isolation. This will involve developing active and visible relationships within the community in creative ways, both personally as an individual and also through the congregation. In particular, s(he) should be able to engage strategically as Chair of the Trustees of Cottingley Community Centre, building on the strong links between the Centre and the Church, and to contribute with others to a vision both for Cottingley, and for the place of the churches in Cottingley.
  4. To lead the trustees, staff and volunteers in the governance, management and development of the Cottingley Community Centre, ensuring it remains financially sustainable while meeting its objective, to help the people of Cottingley to flourish.

We are looking for someone who, among other things has:

  • Experience in the typical range of ordained Church of England parish ministry.
  • Proven track record of commitment to and delivery of church growth.
  • Track record of leadership which empowers others and grows the confidence and gifts of God’s people.
  • Track record of inspiring vision and developing appropriate strategies
  • Ability to skilfully chair a Board of Trustees
  • Experience of managing paid staff and volunteers
  • Ability to handle difficulties and conflict calmly, creatively and effectively, promoting reconciliation and improved collaboration.
  • A passion for seeing people of all ages and backgrounds become disciples and grow in their faith.

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 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.

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