Rector - The Priory Church of St Mary and St Cuthbert Bolton Abbey

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Bolton Priory
Clergy
Stipend

The high profile Priory Church at Bolton Abbey seeks a Rector who can lead its committed congregation to build even further on its many blessings, spreading the Christian message in this part of the Yorkshire Dales and beyond.

The closing date is Thursday 15th November at 12 noon

The shortlisting meeting will be held on Monday 19th November

Interviews will be held on Friday 23rd November 2018

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact the Rt. Revd. Dr Helen-Ann Hartley, Bishop of Ripon, Tel: 01765 601094 or email her PA Mrs Judith Richardson, judith.richardson@leeds.anglican.org

Besides the ‘given’ of being joyful and secure in their ministry with a track record of growing congregations and confident disciples, the particular demands of the Priory require someone who:

  • can work with a congregation drawn not just from within the parish but also from further afield, coming to enjoy a traditional form of worship in this beautiful and atmospheric setting
  • will develop the pastoral care with extensive experience, reaching out not just to local residents but to the many tourists and "special occasion" visitors to our church
  • can recognise the demographic challenge of a committed but generally ageing congregation, and can work to engage the younger age groups both within the church and outside.
  • recognises where change is needed and can bring it about whilst caring for natural concerns and sensitivities.
  • has the political skills to work within the symbiotic relationship that the Priory has with the surrounding Bolton Abbey Estate and its Trustees of the Chatsworth Settlement.
  • can maintain the momentum in supporting, sponsoring and initiating many improvements over the last five years

We are looking for a Rector who is:

  • pastorally and politically astute in caring for and dealing with a wide range of people and institutions
  • experienced in mentoring and supporting the laity
  • able to develop imaginative ways of drawing people into the life of the church
  • understanding of every person growing in their gifts, skills and ministry
  • inspiring and strategically minded leader
  • committed to Eucharistic worship and the tradition of the parish

And is able to:

  • have depth to harness the beauty of this ancient building and its worship to draw people closer into the mystery of God’s love
  • make and build links with individuals and community groups including the local schools
  • actively seek out opportunities in the community and amongst the many visitors to the Bolton Abbey Estate for outreach and church growth.
  • help spearhead high-profile fundraising activities and campaigns and so realise the full potential and flexibility of the church building and surroundings, and to improve on the facilities offered.
  • develop own personal skills and knowledge in relation to ministry, maintaining a worshipping and prayerful spiritual life and having an appropriate pattern of work.
  • continue developing links with other churches in the area, the Deanery, Episcopal Area and Diocese

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

The Anglican Diocese of Leeds comprises five Episcopal Areas, each coterminous with an Archdeaconry. This is now one of the largest dioceses in the country, and its creation is unprecedented in the history of the Church of England. It covers an area of around 2,425 square miles, and a population of around 2,642,400 people.

The three former dioceses were created in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to cater for massive population changes brought about by industrialisation and, later, mass immigration. The diocese comprises major cities (Bradford, Leeds, Wakefield), large industrial and post-industrial towns (Halifax, Huddersfield, Dewsbury), market towns (Harrogate, Skipton, Ripon, Richmond and Wetherby), and deeply rural areas (the Dales). The whole of life is here, along with all the richness, diversity and complexities of a changing world.

The Diocesan Bishop (The Rt Rev’d Nick Baines) is assisted by five Area Bishops (Bradford, Huddersfield, Kirkstall, Wakefield and Ripon), and five archdeacons (Bradford, Halifax, Leeds, Pontefract, Richmond & Craven). The parish of Bolton Priory lies in the Skipton Deanery of the Ripon Episcopal Area, in the Archdeaconry of Richmond and Craven. The Bishop of Ripon is the Rt Rev’d Dr Helen-Ann Hartley.

Our vision as the Diocese is about confident clergy equipping confident Christians to live and tell the good news of Jesus Christ. For all of our appointments we are seeking clergy who have a joyful and confident faith which has inspired a track record of church growth, both numerically and spiritually.

The Anglican Diocese of Leeds comprises five Episcopal Areas, each coterminous with an Archdeaconry. This is now one of the largest dioceses in the country, and its creation is unprecedented in the history of the Church of England. It covers an area of around 2,425 square miles, and a population of around 2,642,400 people.

The three former dioceses were created in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to cater for massive population changes brought about by industrialisation and, later, mass immigration. The diocese comprises major cities (Bradford, Leeds, Wakefield), large industrial and post-industrial towns (Halifax, Huddersfield, Dewsbury), market towns (Harrogate, Skipton, Ripon, Richmond and Wetherby), and deeply rural areas (the Dales). The whole of life is here, along with all the richness, diversity and complexities of a changing world.

The Diocesan Bishop (The Rt Rev’d Nick Baines) is assisted by five Area Bishops (Bradford, Huddersfield, Kirkstall, Wakefield and Ripon), and five archdeacons (Bradford, Halifax, Leeds, Pontefract, Richmond & Craven). The parish of Bolton Priory lies in the Skipton Deanery of the Ripon Episcopal Area, in the Archdeaconry of Richmond and Craven. The Bishop of Ripon is the Rt Rev’d Dr Helen-Ann Hartley.

Our vision as the Diocese is about confident clergy equipping confident Christians to live and tell the good news of Jesus Christ. For all of our appointments we are seeking clergy who have a joyful and confident faith which has inspired a track record of church growth, both numerically and spiritually.