Priest-in-Charge of Ripponden, Rishworth, Barkisland and West Scammonden

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These four semi-rural churches, situated in the beautiful Pennines of West Yorkshire, are looking for an enthusiastic, committed and experienced priest-in-charge, who will provide leadership and help us both to grow our congregations and to reach out in love and service to the communities which we serve.
Closing Date: 21st November 2019
Interviews: 5th December 2019
If you require further information or would like a conversation about this post please do not hesitate to contact The Ven Dr Anne Dawtry, Archdeacon of Halifax on 01484 471803 or by email on

There is a desire amongst the parishes to come together as a united benefice as they have enjoyed the benefits of working more closely together over the last few years.

We are four semi-rural parishes in the beautiful Pennines of West Yorkshire, looking for an enthusiastic, committed and experienced priest-in-charge who will:
  • Be a visible presence in the community and our schools and who will have a heart for mission and outreach, as well as a real understanding of the place of the church in the community
  • Identify, encourage and grow gifts for ministry from within our congregations
  • Have a flexible approach to Sunday Worship also valuing the occasional offices as a means of mission as well as pastoral care
  • Have a passion for bringing people into faith, especially bringing in a new generation of younger people and for helping all with their own personal faith journey
  • Bring experience to help develop and encourage a vision for the four churches to become a united benefice and to work together in mission, ministry and service.

The ideal candidate will be:

  • A person of prayer, who is aware of their own spirituality and has their own prayer life
  • A good communicator with all ages with excellent people skills, a sense of humour and an ability to combine informality and spiritual depth
  • A person with a passion for bringing others to faith
  • A people person who is willing to be a visible presence in our communities
  • A pastoral leader who will love and care for our communities

Please see the Person Specification attached for further details of the essential and desirable qualities we are seeking in relation to this post.

About Us

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 in 2014 is unprecedented in the history of the Church of England. It covers an area of around 2,425 square miles with a population of around 2,642,400 people. The Diocese comprises major cities (Bradford, Leeds and Wakefield) large industrial and post-industrial towns (Halifax, Huddersfield and Dewsbury), market towns (Todmorden, Harrogate, Skipton, Richmond, Ripon and Wetherby) and deeply rural areas especially in the Dales. The whole of life is here, along with all the richness, diversity and complexities of a changing world.

Five area bishops (Bradford, Huddersfield, Kirkstall, Ripon and Wakefield and five archdeacons (Bradford, Halifax, Leeds, Richmond and Craven and Wakefield. assist the Diocesan Bishop (The Rt. Revd Nicholas Baines)

These four churches lie in the Brighouse and Elland Deanery of the Huddersfield Episcopal Area, in the Archdeaconry of Halifax. The Bishop of Huddersfield is The Rt. Revd Dr Jonathan Gibbs and the Archdeacon of Halifax is The Venerable Dr Anne Dawtry.

Our vision as a Diocese is about confident clergy equipping confident Christians to live and tell the Good News of Jesus Christ. For all our appointments we are seeking clergy who have a joyful and confident faith and with a commitment to church growth both numerical and spiritual.