Vicar of St Mary's Wyke

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St Mary’s Wyke is an important church in the South Bradford part of the Bradford Episcopal Area. Wyke 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.

Closing date for applications is Monday 1st April. If you would like an informal chat please call Archdeacon Andy Jolley on 07973 458403

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.

The Vicar will be the senior Anglican priest in Wyke with responsibility for overall leadership of a ministerial team which comprises two Readers and a priest with Permission to Officiate. (S)he will also be the Training Incumbent for any curate deployed to the parish.

Alongside this, there are four particular priorities for the incoming incumbent:

  1. 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 on to the next level. (S)he will therefore need excellent teaching, team building and team leadership skills.
  2. To develop effective ministry with families, young adults and children, and to take up opportunities with the local schools and other key community organisations, especially those that use the church buildings.
  3. To work collaboratively with the other churches, particularly Anglican, of south Bradford to increase the Church’s effectiveness across this part of the Episcopal Area.
  4. To develop active and visible relationships within the community in creative ways, both personally as an individual and also through the congregation (which is more representative of the less deprived parts of the parish). 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 some new housing developments, and for the place of the churches in Wyke.

We ar e looking for someone who has:

  • Proven track record of commitment to and delivery of church growth
  • Proven track record of growing the confidence and gifts of God’s people
  • Experience in the typical range of Church of England parish ministry
  • Track record of building and leading effective teams, and recognising and building up others’ leadership and ministries.
  • Track record of ensuring the church is an active player within the local community, including schools and other local churches & organisations
  • Experience of co-ordinating and embracing different styles of worship and mission in a ‘mixed economy’
  • Committed to, and experienced in, a healing ministry

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

The Diocese of Leeds is now almost five years old, We are working with three core objectives:

Confident Christians: Encouraging personal spiritual renewal with the aim of producing clergy and laity who are confident in God and in the Gospel.

Growing Churches: Numerically, spiritually and in their mission to the wider world.

Changing communities: For the better, through our partnership with other churches and faith communities, as well as government and third sector agencies.

The Diocese came into being at Easter 2014 following the dissolution of the historic dioceses of Bradford, Ripon & Leeds and Wakefield. This followed a three-year process of debate and consultation driven by the Diocese's Commission. It covers a region whose economy is greater than that of Wales. Background papers to the reorganisation process can be read at

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.