Rector (half-time stipendiary) of Lockington and Lund and Scorborough with Leconfield

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Rector of the Benefice of Lockington, Lund and Scorborough with Leconfield

(Half-time stipendiary post)

Welcome to the Benefice of Lockington, Lund and Scorborough with Leconfield which comprises the parish churches of St Mary Lockington, All Saints Lund, St Leonard Scorborough and St Catherine Leconfield, four rural parishes on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds, a beautiful part of East Yorkshire. The benefice is in Beverley Deanery in the Archdeaconry of the East Riding in the Diocese of York. We aspire to be a thriving and outgoing, mission focussed benefice blessed with people having numerous skills and talents.

Our benefice of four rural churches is situated in a glorious part of the East Riding of Yorkshire just a few miles north of the very attractive Georgian town of Beverley.

A quote from our local church school –

‘A great place to be – come and join us!’

We offer:

Four enthusiastic, welcoming and friendly churches

A real desire to grow and reach out to our families

Inclusive, central tradition of worship

Excellent lay support including two Recognised Parish Assistants

An attractive 4-bedroom rectory with large garden in Lockington

Two excellent schools with which there are close links – a church primary school in Lockington and a community primary school in Leconfield

Big skies countryside of the Yorkshire Wolds and the North York Moors

Whilst much good work has already been done, we recognise that we need to do more to know God better, to be whom God wants us to be, and to do what God wants us to do, in serving fully all those who live here. We continue to seek God’s guidance so that we might reach out in action, prayer and love, make Jesus known and to warmly welcome newcomers. We are looking for a rector who will help us to be churches that are alive and growing in faith and to lead us in vital and nurturing worship. We know, as one of our parishioners recently said, that ‘continuing to simply do the same things we have always done but only doing them better will not bring new people into our Church’, and another parishioner said ‘in this day and age we cannot be a silent church’. We need a leader who will help us find new and brave ways to meet the challenges of growth and mission to each of the communities. We are a benefice which has an inclusive and central tradition that celebrates the ministry of all priests and we welcome both women and men. We understand rural life and don’t expect our Vicar to do everything – we have active church members who look forward to sharing in ministry with you!

We are seeking an incumbent with the following characteristics:

♦ A love for all people and a heart for mission and evangelism.

♦ An ability to encourage people to grow in their spiritual life.

♦ A strategic thinker, able to develop a vision with us of how we could fulfil our mission more effectively.

♦ A willing acceptance of women’s priestly ministry.

♦ A commitment to encourage children and young people.

♦ Skilled at leading and managing people, able to take bold and difficult decisions where necessary, while retaining pastoral warmth, humour and good relationships.

♦ Proven leadership skills with a desire to continue to build and lead effective teams. ♦ An ability to communicate at all levels.

♦ An ability to discern gifts, to develop, support and empower members of the congregations.

♦ An ability to develop and sustain teaching and help for those wishing to explore and learn more about the Christian faith.

♦ Experience of a growing church would be welcome.

For more information about this application process, please use this link

The Diocese of York is a family of 607 churches and 126 schools in 470 parishes, which extends from Middlesbrough on the River Tees to Hull on the River Humber, and from the east coast of Yorkshire about as far west as the A1 road.

Led and guided by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, our vision is to be a family of Generous Churches Making and Nurturing Disciples. We are currently working through a Diocesan Strategy that focuses on:

  • Reaching those we currently don't
  • Moving to Growth
  • Achieving sustainable finances

Our official website can be found here:

Deadline for applications: Monday 25 February 2019
Interviews are scheduled for: Wednesday 27 March 2019

Full details about this opportunity can be found in the attached documents.

For an informal conversation please contact:
The Ven Andy Broom, Archdeacon of the East Riding
T: 01482 881659

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