This is a single church parish at the heart of the growing village of Steeton (2011 population 4375) in the Aire Valley. It is located in magnificent countryside but only half an hour from bustling city centres.
The role is part-time / half stipend (3 days a week plus Sundays).
Closing date for applications is Monday 27th May 2019 with visits and interviews on 13th and 14th June 2019.
For an informal conversation please contact Ven Dr Andy Jolley , Archdeacon of Bradford, on 07973 458403 or via email.
Enhanced DBS disclosure is required for this post
The role is part-time, so we are seeking an enabling leader who:
To build up the Kingdom of God in Steeton by
The Vicar has responsibility for overall leadership of ministry and mission in the parish. (S)he will also be the Training Incumbent for any curate deployed to the parish.
Alongside this, there are three particular priorities for the incoming incumbent:
We re looking for someone with:
Our vision as the Diocese is about confident clergy equipping confident Christians to live and tell the good news of Jesus Christ. In appointing to this post, we are therefore looking for someone who is both visionary and enabling, with the capacity to lead into a new era of growth. The new incumbent will have a joyful and confident faith which has inspired a track record of church growth, both numerically and spiritually.
St Stephen’s Steeton is an important and growing church within the Bradford Episcopal Area and the Diocese of Leeds. It is a significant focal point in its local community, and the finances and buildings are in good order. We are looking for an enabling leader, capable of managing change carefully and sensitively, who can work with the congregation of St Stephen’s to keep growing the church, developing confident discipleship, and nurturing relationships within the village and local community in creative ways.
Steeton is a growing village, with two large housing estates being built which are now partly occupied, and possibly more to come. Along with the Methodist Church, the need to welcome new people into the village has been recognised and some have joined St Stephen’s. Continued engagement with the new build developments and giving new residents the opportunity to discover Jesus and the life of the local church will remain an important task for St Stephen’s for the immediate future. Other recent positive developments include community fun days and other events to engage with the local community. The next stage will be to build on these to develop regular work with young families.
The post comes with a half-stipend and housing, for which the post-holder will work Sundays and three other days a week. Given the part-time nature of this post, the post-holder will need to focus their available time strategically to develop others into ministry and leadership alongside them.
The Deanery of Aire and Worth, now 2 years 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 Aire and Worth, 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.