Vicar of St Mary's Wyke

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St Mary’s Wyke is an important church in south Bradford and part of the Bradford Episcopal Area. The village of Wyke has a population of 10,700 (2011 census) and the parish is in the top 11% most deprived parishes in the country, with significant numbers of lone parents and people with no qualifications, but little ethnic diversity. Over the past few years, the church has embraced Jesus Shaped People and achieved a greater depth of discipleship as a result, although numerical growth has been more of a struggle. Other recent positive developments include work with the local Foodbank, provision of day care facilities for the elderly at the church and the development of a monthly Messy Church

Closing date for applications: Fri 16th Nov 2018. Interview date: tbc

We are looking for a priest who:

  • Is joyfully confident in their own identity in Christ;
  • Has a track record of inspiring and growing confident disciples;
  • Can help the church to share the good news of Jesus with the people of Wyke, especially building on the many good relationships that we already have;
  • Is comfortable working with a ‘mixed economy’ of both new forms of church alongside existing ones;
  • Naturally enables lay ministry and can work well with a staff team including two Readers, another priest and the church warden;
  • Will want to love our community and be excited by being a highly visible presence in it.

Further details can be found on the Diocesan website or for an informal discussion please contact the Archdeacon, Ven Dr Andy Jolley

Please see the following link before creating your application form-

Interview date : tbc

From the perspective of the Episcopal Area, we see four particular priorities for the incoming incumbent:

  • To provide enabling leadership, which will grow the church numerically as well as spiritually and in service to its local community, working a ‘mixed economy’ of new forms of church and worship alongside traditional ones and developing lay discipleship and lay leadership to take them the next level. (S)he will therefore need excellent teaching, team building and team leadership skills.
  • To develop effective ministry with families, young adults and children, and to take up opportunities with the local schools and other key community organisations.
  • To work collaboratively with the other churches of south Bradford to increase the Church’s effectiveness across this part of the Episcopal Area.
  • To develop active and visible relationships within the community in creative ways, both personally as an individual and also through the congregation. S(he) should be able to engage strategically with the life of the community, contributing with others to a vision both for Wyke, especially with new housing developments, and for the place of the churches in Wyke.

Further details can be found in the Role Description

We are looking for someone with:

  • A proven track record of commitment to and delivery of church growth
  • A proven track record of growing the confidence and gifts of God’s people
  • Experience in the typical range of Church of England parish ministry
  • A track record of building and leading effective teams, and recognising and building up others’ leadership and ministries.
  • A track record of ensuring the church is an active player within the local community, including schools and other local churches & organisations
  • A track record of an effective teaching ministry to deepen discipleship.
  • Experience of co-ordinating and embracing different styles of worship and mission in a ‘mixed economy’
  • A track record of engaging effectively with those on the fringe of the church.
  • Committed to, and experienced in, a healing ministry
  • Knowledge/understanding of changing patterns of mission and ministry in the Church.
  • Confidence in their own faith and secure in their own identity as a Christian leader and who has a track record of inspiring, enthusing and motivating congregations.

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

The Diocese 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 is assisted by five Area Bishops (Bradford, Huddersfield, Kirkstall, Wakefield and Ripon) and five archdeacons (Bradford, Halifax, Leeds, Pontefract, Richmond & Craven).

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. For this post, we are also seeking someone who is both visionary and enabling, with the capacity to lead into a new era of growth.

The Deanery of Outer Bradford, just over a year old, is comprised of parishes with a similar demographic to this benefice, many of whom are experimenting with mixing new approaches to worship and mission alongside inherited patterns. The new incumbent will therefore find a group of creative and supportive colleagues in the Deanery chapter, all of whom will be familiar with the joys and challenges that each other faces. We expect the new post holder to work with a spirit of generosity in sharing wisdom and insights about ministry within the Deanery of Outer Bradford, and across the Episcopal Area.

Leading your Church into Growth (LYCiG) and Jesus Shaped People (JSP) are two excellent initiatives born in the Bradford Episcopal Area and now adopted in other Dioceses. They have enabled church growth and developed confidence in congregations. Newly appointed clergy are required to book onto a LYCiG conference within 12 months of their appointment, and ideally to attend with some people from their parish. Experienced mentors and training are available to new incumbents to make the most of LYCiG and JSP.