Team Rector Morley Benefice

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The Benefice of Morley comprises the Parish of Morley St Peter; the Parish of Morley Townend St Paul's and the Parish of Bruntcliffe, St Andrew.

Morley is located to the south of Leeds in the Armley Deanery of the Leeds Diocese, and has a population of around 29,000


The main role of the Team Rector is to lead St Peter's, Morley, a charismatic/evangelical church keen to grow and reach out to its community. There is a committed, willing and able team of enthusiastic people, praying eagerly to welcome the right leader to share in developing a lively church for all.

The Team Rector will also oversee collaboration with St Paul's, Morley, and St Andrew's, Bruntcliffe, to develop mission across the whole town.

For an informal discussion please contact Ven Paul Ayers, Archdeacon of Leeds via email in the first instance at

Closing date: 20/6/2019 - 12 noon

Interview date: 12/7/2019

We committed to safeguarding, this post will required a satisfactory enhanced DBS to be undertaken

The Main Responsibilities of the Role are to be the parish priest of St Peter's Morley, and to work collaboratively as the leader of the Morley Team.

The person appointed will:

  • lead the Team Ministry of the Morley Benefice, having main responsibility for the parish of St Peter;
  • continue to develop openness to God across the team, appreciating our Anglican heritage but with flexibility and openness to a variety of styles of worship, and appreciating the individual character of the churches;
  • in conjunction with the Team ministry, identify and nurture the ministerial/leadership gifts of church members and empower individuals to use their gifts to serve God and share the love of Jesus;
  • represent our Churches across the town together with the other clergy and the laity, maintaining and developing links with other churches, schools, community organisations, and the Town Council;
  • enable the churches’ evangelistic outreach to the people who live and work in the Morley community;
  • explore further integration, whilst remaining sensitive to the distinct characteristics of the individual churches, and to use this to develop joint mission;
  • encourage the engagement of the churches with children and young people and support the development of relevant and engaging youth work across the Team;
  • lead the Team’s response to a changing society and prepare us to serve the needs of the Morley community now and in the future;
  • work collaboratively across the team, respecting the views of others but also able to make difficult decisions, and communicate these in a way that enables others to have confidence in the wisdom and discernment that underpins these.

For full details of the Responsibilities of the role please see the Role Description/Person Specification below or click here

The ideal candidate will be someone who:

will lead the parish forward in mission to the town, and oversee the growing together of the team with sensitive and clear leadership.

For full details see the Role Description and Person Specification below or click here

For full details of the Benefice of Morley and what we can offer please see the attached Brochure or click here

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 heart of our mission is described in the Diocesan Strategy which can be read here and full details are available on Diocesan Website: here

The 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 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 Bishop of Kirkstall is the Rt Rev’d Paul Slater.

For further details of the Diocese please see: