Team Vicar - Discipleship (part-time 0.5 stipend) of the Benefice of Keighley

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Keighley Parish is an exciting, if complex, place to be. Now into its sixth year, there is much to celebrate in this initial period as a united parish, yet still much to be worked out as we look ahead. 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, with all churches 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)

There is a growing sense of expectancy as we shape the parish for the future. The convergence of the parish review, with our two previous Team Vicars moving to become Team Rectors elsewhere last summer, has enabled a substantial re-structuring. To quote the review, we have been recommended:

  • to build a cohesive and mutually supportive senior staff team that has shared vision and values and plays to their respective strengths;
  • to re-align roles with mission and ministry priorities rather than with individual churches;
  • to continue to deepen the developing relationship with the Parish of St John’s Ingrow;

Under the Team Rector, each member of the team will hold oversight of an area of ministry for the whole of Keighley and take responsibility for its development and implementation. With the appointment of a new Team Vicar for Mission in January this year, the appointment of the Team Vicar with responsibility for Discipleship will complete the new team.

Closing date for applications is 29th May with interviews being held on 10th June 2022

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 mission and ministry across the town. For this role, this is about developing the work of discipleship in the parish with an initial priority of how we seek to disciple children, young people and their families. 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 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. An early priority will be to assess and develop our work with children, young people and their families.

3. Oversee and line manage the Children and Family Worker and Under 5s Workers, in their work within the churches of the parish and in outreach to those beyond the 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 and Cadet groups.

We are looking for someone with, amongst other things:

  • Proven track record of commitment to and delivery of church growth, especially with children, families and young people.
  • Track record of leadership which empowers others and grows the confidence and gifts of God’s people
  • Track record of working well and collaboratively in a team
  • Experience of working closely with schools, their families and especially church primary schools
  • Track record of fruitful bible teaching with different ages and settings
  • Experience of developing resources that others can use.
  • Experience of managing and supporting volunteers
  • Experience of identifying and managing change
  • Passionate about engaging families and leading ways for their involvement in worshipping God.
  • Able to work respectfully with all colleagues, volunteers and other stakeholders/partners

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.

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.

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.

  1. Thriving as a distinctive diocese whose culture is shaped by a shared vision and values
  2. Re-imagining ministry
  3. Nurturing lay discipleship
  4. Building leadership pathways
  5. Growing young people as Christians

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.