Team Rector of the Ingleborough Team Ministry

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Main Street, Ingleton
Office Holder

The Ingleborough Team Ministry brings together the parishes of Bentham, Burton in Lonsdale, Chapel le Dale, Ingleton and Thornton in Lonsdale. The area covered by the Ministry stretches from Bentham in the south, which lies on the edge of the Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, to Chapel le Dale in the north, dominated by the imposing mountain mass of Ingleborough, one of the Three Peaks of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The Team includes lay ministers and two team vicars, and normally a curate in training. The Team Rector has direct responsibility for Bentham. The parishes are looking for an inspiring leader who is creative and enthusiastic in their approach to working together in teams, and will be able to work in collaboration across the five parishes. The new Team Rector will be able to balance the individual character of each parish with the benefits of working collectively, and will appreciate and enjoy the benefits of living in a beautiful, rural area while recognising and responding to the challenges this can also bring for members of the community.

Closing Date – 27th February 2023

Shortlisting Meeting – 6th March 2023

Interview Date – 22nd March 2023

For an informal conversation please contact the Archdeacon of Richmond and Craven, the Venerable Jonathan Gough, Tel: 01677 427286 or email, via his PA, Mrs Chloe Drummond,

Team Rector (for 5 parishes) Parish Priest

General responsibilities

You will have regard to the calling and responsibilities of the clergy including:-

  • bringing the grace and truth of Christ to the community and making him known to those in your care
  • providing spiritual advice and guidance
  • instructing people in the Christian faith
  • preparing people for Baptism and Confirmation
  • visiting the sick and comforting the dying
  • discerning and fostering God’s gifts among people
  • consulting with the PCCs on matters of concern and importance to the Parishes

As Team Rector, you will

  • lead the Ingleborough Ministry Team (lay and ordained) in the work of inspiring, equipping and encouraging discipleship in this beautiful and challenging part of God’s kingdom
  • recognise the different starting points of parishes within the team, acknowledging the impact of Covid, in order to further develop the team and team mission and to help the churches to implement it
  • provide a collaborative lead across the five parishes, recognising and building on the individuality of each church.
  • lead change and growth across the team
  • be an approachable and visible leader in the community
  • build resilient churches equipped for the future in their respective communities by supporting parishioners to develop their gifts and strengths
  • strengthen existing teams working across communities rooted in both rural and semi-urban environments.
  • strengthen Pastoral Outreach in our different communities especially outreach among families and young people

We are looking for an inspiring leader who is creative and enthusiastic in their approach to working together in teams and who is able to work in collaboration across the five parishes. They will recognise the gifts of all people, seeking to bring out the best in everyone. They will be patient and caring of all people, warm hearted and positive. They will be able to balance the individual character of each parish with the benefits of working collectively. They would need to recognise the various challenges and opportunities (practical and spiritual) of ministry in this beautiful setting, whilst finding within it a rich and helpful resource for their own spiritual life.

We are seeking someone who

  • is an ordained priest of the Church of England
  • has access to their own transport to be able to visit the parishes within this rural community.

Someone who can demonstrate:


  • A strong personal faith built on a relationship with Jesus and the gifts of the Spirit. They can lead by example and help to support the further development of new and creative approaches to worship
  • Resilience rooted in prayer with a discipline of a day of rest. They can support the use of prayer to enable the communities to grow and develop in their Christian lives


  • A deep love of people evidenced in an ability to relate to the diverse range of people in local communities. They can support others to develop their gifts, building confidence and inspiring others to work together for the common good and in the love of Christ
  • A passion for sharing the gospel. They can seek opportunities to share the gospel and enable others to bear witness.


  • Proven leadership & communication skills. They can inspire confidence in their leadership by listening, developing further a shared vision and communicating clearly to a wide audience
  • Ability to organise, delegate, and work ecumenically. They can enable others to organise effectively and communicate clearly, supporting or delegating as necessary
  • An understanding of, and ability to work as part of a team. As well as working within individual parish teams, they can work across parishes or other groups, enabling them to recognise the value and meet the challenges of team work
  • Willing to walk with us on a learning journey. They recognise that people and groups may have different starting points and they are able to support people to travel together in their learning. They also value the learning that arises that leads to growth.

The Diocese of Leeds

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 growing population of around 2,642,400 people. The diocese comprises five Episcopal areas, each served by a suffragan (area) bishop. Each Episcopal Area is coterminous with an Archdeaconry.

The Diocesan Vision, informed by the values of ‘loving, living, learning’ 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 and expressed in meaningful ways across the episcopal areas.

The Diocese is a blend of urban and rural in all their diversity. This 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 (classed as a small city), Richmond and Wetherby; and the deeply rural area of the Yorkshire Dales. It covers several civic and parliamentary boundaries.

The Diocese is unique in having three cathedrals; Bradford, Ripon and Wakefield. The Deans of the Cathedrals work together and continue to look to fresh ways of sharing ideas and engaging in projects of mutual interest.