Team Vicar, St Chad’s, Far Headingley (Team Rector designate of the Headingley Team)

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Far Headingley, Leeds

This post has the potential to be a crucial part of building up a large and thriving Christian ministry in a populous part of Leeds.

The Headingley Team Ministry (St Michael’s Headingley and St Chad’s Far Headingley) has been working informally with the parish of St Margaret and All Hallows, Leeds. Following informal consultation with the three PCCs, a formal consultation is due to take place on a proposal to bring the three parishes together into one Team.

The intention is that the person appointed as Team Vicar with primary responsibility for St Chad’s will, on the retirement of the present Team Rector, have the capacity and experience to become the Team Rector.

The person appointed will be supportive of the Diocesan strategy, and in the particular the emerging Diocesan Strategy, and in particular the Resource Church programme in the Leeds Area.

For an informal discussion regarding the vacancy please contact:

Ven Paul Ayers, Archdeacon of Leeds at

Closing date: 20/5/2019

Interview date: 7/6/2019

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

Main Responsibilities:

  • have primary responsibility for leading St Chad’s Far Headingley
  • work collaboratively with lay and clergy colleagues across the Team
  • lead the congregation of St Chad’s in developing:
    • a network of mutual pastoral care;
    • growth in confidence in evangelism;
    • effective outreach with the Gospel to the 15-30 age group including students;
    • strong, collaborative lay ministry and leadership

      For full details of the role please see the Role Description document or click here

The Ideal candidate will be:

an Ordained priest within the Church of England, or a Church in communion with it, or a Church whose orders it recognises.

can demonstrate:

  • proven track record of commitment to and delivery of church growth in numbers, depth and capacity.
  • proven track record of growing the confidence and gifts of God’s people.
  • experience in the typical range of Church of England parish ministry
  • proven leadership skills and spiritual strength to develop the ministry of others
  • ​experience in shaping and leading worship and preaching in a variety of styles, traditional and contemporary

hasthe following qualities

  • ​ability to lead, focus and direct a team collaboratively.
  • ​capacity to draw out and hold a vision which is both inspiring and realistic
  • ​capacity to handle conflict confidently and to lead towards reconciliation.
  • ​self aware of own strengths/limitations
  • ​flexible and open to variety of styles of worship
  • compassionate and sensitive approach to leading others through change
  • sympathy with the ethos of the parishes towards social justice and environmental responsibility

and has these skills:

  • an able preacher and leader of liturgy
  • capacity to lead a well-educated and forthright congregation with confidence
  • highly developed listening and pastoral skills
  • clarity and promptness of communication
  • ability to devise and implement strategy across diverse team
  • ability to recognise, encourage spiritual and practical gifts in others

    Please refer to the full Person Specification document below or click here

For full details about the Parish of St Chad's and Headingley Team please see the attached brochure below or click here

The Diocese of Leeds was created at Easter 2014. It comprises five Episcopal Areas, each coterminous with an Archdeaconry. This is now one of the largest dioceses in the country. It covers an area of around 2,425 square miles, and a population of around 2,642,400 people.

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

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 further details of the Diocese please see: