St Chad’s is a church with a strong traditional Anglo-Catholic heritage. It has an eclectic congregation and is set in an inner city parish with a predominantly Asian Muslim population.
St Chad’s enjoyed the ministry of its previous vicar for some 47 years until his retirement last year and now therefore needs to face the challenges associated with a new season.
We are proposing to appoint a house for duty priest (two days a week plus Sundays) to serve the parish of St Chad’s. Following the previous incumbent’s long service, there are three particular priorities for the new priest:
Closing date for applications is 15th October with interviews on 2nd November. Please contact Archdeacon Andy Jolley for an informal chat on 07973 458403
The parish require a Society Priest who is an energetic, forward thinking, traditional Anglo-Catholic priest who through his ministry will communicate easily with parishoners. He will lead by example, maintaining a traditional catholic ethos by preaching, teaching and personal holiness.
Is God calling you to lead this church? We’re looking for a priest who:
This is a House for Duty appointment (two days a week plus Sundays). Following the previous incumbent’s long service there is now a need to develop clear thinking about the future and some careful management of change. There are three particular tasks expected of the new priest:
A key specific task for the new priest will be to help St Chad’s engage positively with the developing Anglican structures in that part of Bradford. Many of the other local churches around St Chad’s are small and struggling. Within the Church of England, four of the neighbouring parishes (St Philip’s Girlington, St Paul’s Manningham, St Barnabas Heaton and St Martin Heaton) have just merged to become a single ‘superparish’ and support each other more effectively. There will therefore be a particular role for the new priest to help St Chad’s positively engage with this development.
We seek a parish priest who will nurture the talents to be found within the congregation, so that together priest and people may work for the continuing development of school and community links, seeking through mission and evangelism to grow Christian outreach to those in the parish who have little or no experience of church.
What we are looking for in a new Priest
Our vision as a Diocese is about confident clergy equipping confident Christians to live and tell the good news of Jesus Christ. In appointing to this post, we are looking for someone who has a joyful and confident faith which can inspire church growth, both numerically and spiritually. We are also seeking someone with the skills to be able to lead this congregation through uncertain times and manage change sensitively.
St Chad’s is located in the new Deanery of Inner Bradford. The Deanery is comprised of parishes similar in demographic context to St Chad’s, many of whom are experimenting with mixing new approaches to worship and mission alongside inherited patterns. The new incumbent will therefore find a group of creative and supportive colleagues in Deanery chapter, all of whom will be deeply familiar with the joys and challenges that each other faces. The new post holder will therefore be expected to work with a spirit of generosity in sharing wisdom and insights about ministry within the Deanery of Inner Bradford and across the Episcopal Area.