Bridlington Priory - Priest in Charge

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Bridlington Priory

Priest in Charge (Rector)

The Priory is an attractive place to minister. It has a rich and varied parish life with a civic role and responsibility that includes the town but stretches beyond it. It welcomes many visitors, is an attractive venue for events and has a deep commitment to ensuring a high quality of worship that is welcoming and engaging.

Their Augustinian roots highlight the importance of spirituality, learning and hospitality and these continue to shape us today. As part of the Major Churches Network, they are seeking a Rector who can minister across this breadth and take forward the Priory into the next chapter of their life and mission.

They understand ministry is demanding and that it needs to be shared with others. There is a clear commitment to support their Rector in this shared ministry, praying for them and resourcing them in every way we can.

They also offer an attractive vicarage and the beautiful East Yorkshire coastline!

Currently the deanery is working on exciting proposals to change quite significantly the shape of the deanery to make it more able to engage in mission across the town. The Priory is effected in that an area of a neighbouring parish which has been, in effect, under the care of the Priory for a number of years will be formally brought into its parish. Given this, and the more significant changes elsewhere, the parish has been formally suspended. Therefore, this appointment is as Priest in Charge but it is envisaged the suspension being lifted as soon as possible

The Rector-designate will be a proven leader, who

  1. Is a good communicator and can enthuse and inspire others from a wide range of backgrounds
  2. Has the warmth, sensitivity and humour to nurture and develop Priory members of all ages, taking them further on their journey in Christ
  3. Is an experienced leader with the vision and capacity to carry people with them when managing change that is appropriate
  4. Is keen to reach out and support, with affection, families and young people
  5. Will be enthusiastic and energetic in upholding and strengthening the role of the Priory Church in Bridlington, and forming partnerships within and outside the church
  6. Will value and build on the heritage of the Priory and its strong Anglican music tradition

The Diocese of York, led and guided by Archbishop Stephen Cottrell, takes in much of North and East Yorkshire. As the largest diocese in England, geographically, the area is very diverse, featuring a multitude of needs and opportunities. This includes the bustling urban centres of York, Hull and Middlesbrough, the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors National Park, and the incomparable Yorkshire Coast; as well as areas of deprivation in some of our urban and smaller rural and coastal communities.

Our mission and ministry relies on thousands of people - lay and ordained, volunteer and paid. Our diocesan teams provide a wide range of support services to our mission and ministry, including lifelong learning for ministry, the care of church buildings, and safeguarding. Together, we are striving to be a people who are ‘Living Christ’s Story’. We want to be a simpler, bolder, humbler church which in its diversity reflects the communities it serves. We are bringing renewed focus and fresh energy to achieving our aims:

  • Becoming more like Christ
  • Reaching those we currently don't
  • Growing in discipleship, influence and numbers
  • Transforming our finances and structures

Our approach is aligned with a commitment to the best of our parochial inheritance, to the poorest communities, and to the financial realities we face.

Under current immigration rules, it is not generally possible for us to appoint clergy who are not already eligible to work in the UK.

Informal enquiries are welcome:

The Archdeacon of the East Riding, the Ven Andy Broom | |
01482 881659

Appointment is subject to a satisfactory Enhanced DBS disclosure

Closing date for applications: 12 noon, Monday 12 December

Interviews: Thursday 26 January