Priest in Charge of St Michael's Shelf with St Aidan's Buttershaw ( 0.5) and Fountains Church Associate Leader (0.5)

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Shelf with Buttershaw is a large and significant parish on the southern edge of the Bradford Epsicopal Area. While there is a mix of housing in the parish, it includes considerable amounts of social housing, particularly the outer estates of Buttershaw and Woodside. The estates are experiencing some transition, with some increased diversity, but remain largely white communities of people experiencing a range of forms of deprivation. The parish of Shelf with Buttershaw is among the top 7% most deprived nationally. St Michael’s church is located away from the main Buttershaw estate, on the far side of the Halifax Road. There is another licensed place of worship, St Aidan’s, on the Buttershaw estate, but worship has not restarted there following the pandemic.

Fountains Church Bradford is a newly planted city centre resource church, now nearly 3 years old. It has grown quickly in that time, despite significant challenges brought by the pandemic, and has also birthed some dynamic partnerships with community groups and other agencies to develop ministries which are having considerable impact with groups that the Church of England (and others) find hard-to-reach. These include a Saturday Gathering ministry built around food provision and a Wrestling School now developing into another congregation.

For an informal discussion about this role please contact Ven Dr Andy Jolley, Archdeacon of Bradford.

  1. To support and work closely with the Leader of Fountains Church Bradford in growing Fountains Church as a city centre resource church that works closely with the Bishop and Archdeacon of Bradford, taking particular responsibility for the church’s work with mission and ministry amongst those from harder-to-reach backgrounds.
  2. To develop and revitalise mission and ministry in the parish of Shelf with Buttershaw.

Priorities for both parts of the Role:

  1. To support the existing teams in growing new disciples from harder-to-reach backgrounds, both in the city centre and in the parish of Shelf with Buttershaw, helping to develop further the forms of church and worship in which these new disciples can flourish, helping them to use their gifts and to become disciple-making disciples.
  2. Help the team to grow new leaders from people who might find existing Church of England leadership pathways harder to navigate.
  3. To make good use of the great existing partnerships with community groups and agencies, and to develop these further to help address individual and systemic issues of injustice affecting the communities around Shelf with Buttershaw and Fountains.
  4. To multiply the mission impact of both St Michael’s and Fountains through working together, growing unity and co-operation within and between the congregations and trustees of Shelf with Buttershaw and Fountains, building effective teams between them and realising the potential benefits of shared approaches to ministry, mission, finance etc.

Full details can be found in the Role Description document

Amongst other qualities we are looking for someone with a:

  • 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 people
  • Track record of inspiring vision and developing appropriate strategies.
  • Track record of working well and collaboratively in a team

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. Reimagining 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.