Archdeacon of Pontefract

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Due to the retirement of the postholder, the Bishop of Leeds is looking for a gifted and experienced priest to join the leadership team of our unique diocese.

The Diocese of Leeds comprises all the ecclesial traditions of the Church of England. It reaches across urban, suburban and rural communities, where the challenge for the future involves not only the future of buildings, but also how the Gospel is to be faithfully and creatively proclaimed and lived in a changing world. We aim to be a vibrant diocese, equipping confident clergy to enable confident Christians to live and tell the Good News in our large region.

The new Archdeacon will play a significant part in developing our strategic vision, working closely with the Bishop of Wakefield to shape ministry and mission in the archdeaconry, and with the Bishop of Leeds’ Staff across the diocese.

The diocese is engaged in reimagining ministry by both clergy and lay people for the future. Development and training are changing, but the need to grow disciples, who in turn, make disciples remains key. The next Archdeacon will promote our ‘Barnabas’ strategy to encourage confidence in God, the Church and our parishes.

This post demands an ability to work with ‘what is’ while creating ‘what might be’.

If you want to see our communities transformed by the Gospel, then please consider this role.

For an informal conversation, please contact the Rt Revd Nick Baines at: Mobile: +44 (0)7974 194735 or the Rt Revd Tony Robinson at: Mobile: +44 (0)7834 206317

Closing Date: 12 October 2023

Interview Date: 3 November 2023

An enhanced DBS Check is required for this post.

For more details about the role responsibilities, please see the attached information pack

For more details about the person specification, please see the attached information pack

The Diocese of Leeds came into existence at Easter 2014 following the dissolution of the former dioceses of Bradford, Ripon & Leeds, and Wakefield. It covers the whole of West Yorkshire, the western part of North Yorkshire, and small parts of South Yorkshire, Lancashire, and County Durham. The diocese has 656 church buildings.