The Parish of Wetherby with Linton
Wetherby is a lively market town located at the heart of the ‘Golden Triangle’ of York, Leeds and Harrogate. The Mission of St James Church is to work together to permeate the life of Christ into the hearts of the people of Wetherby, across our community and beyond. Our prayer is for a priest who will assist the town and the church family to be the best community we can be, and who will have the gifts and priorities of leadership, confidence, community and sustainability. We have a strong lay leadership team with experience and enthusiasm, and we are committed to implementing the five marks of mission.
Closing Date – 25th June
Shortlisting Date – 4th July
Interview Date – 25th July
For an informal conversation please contact The Venerable Jonathan Gough, via his PA Mrs Chloe Drummond, firstname.lastname@example.org or the Area Dean, Rev’d Alan Garrow, email@example.com
There are four particular priorities for the incoming vicar:
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.