These three parishes are part of a joint benefice of c8,500 people within the Bradford Episcopal Area and the Diocese of Leeds. Each of the three churches is a significant focal point in its local community. As well as the villages of Sutton, Cowling and Lothersdale, the parish also includes Glusburn and part of Crosshills.
For an informal chat about this post please contact Ven Dr Andy Jolley, Archdeacon of Bradford on 07973 458403
From the perspective of the Episcopal Area, we see the overarching responsibility of the new vicar as providing clear and enabling leadership, which will foster growth numerically as well as spiritually and in service to their local community. We are therefore looking for a visionary and enabling leader who can work winsomely with the existing congregations and the village communities, lead in outreach to grow new disciples and leaders, planting and developing new appropriate forms of worship and church which meet at accessible times and places
The overarching responsibility of the new incumbent is to provide joyful, enthusiastic and enabling leadership, which will foster growth numerically as well as spiritually and in service to their local community. Within this, there are four particular priorities for the incoming Vicar:
The parishes are looking for a priest with a
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.
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.