Vicar of St Stephen's, Steeton (part-time)

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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:

  • Can cultivate lay discipleship and lay leadership to help grow our congregation numerically, spiritually and in service to our local community;
  • Will develop our ministry with families, young adults and children;
  • Will help us to play our part in ensuring the church is working for the peace and prosperity of Steeton.
  • Loves people from all backgrounds and can manage change confidently and sensitively;
  • Helps others catch energy, enthusiasm and is willing to grow with everyone else.

To build up the Kingdom of God in Steeton by

  • helping to lead the congregation into growth in depth of discipleship, in numbers and in service to their local communities
  • creatively developing links with local communities so that the church becomes increasingly a sign of God’s love to all those who live in the parish;
  • leading in ministry and mission to the wider community, developing outreach strategies to create opportunities for individuals to discover God’s love for them and choose to become followers of Jesus Christ;
  • discovering opportunities to work with the people of Steeton, of any faith and none for the ‘common good’ of the local neighbourhood as a whole.
  • undertaking parish priest duties including conducting funerals, weddings, baptisms and other occasional offices.
  • leading in pastoral care, teaching, nurturing faith and the planning and leading of worship and preaching.
  • leading in ministry to all, from the elderly to young families and children.
  • developing a productive partnership with the local primary schools (Steeton Primary and Eastburn J&I).
  • ensuring that appropriate worship, preaching and pastoral care is provided in the parish.
  • exploring new informal styles of worship and communication, making use of modern media techniques.
  • encouraging lay ministry and the participation of our congregation in leading elements of worship and service.
  • encouraging Christian stewardship of people's time, money and abilities so that the ministry of the church is strengthened and enabled;
  • leading the administration of the parish and undertaking any other reasonable duties as appropriate.


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:

  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.
  1. To develop effective ministry with families, young adults and children, and to cultivate links with the two local primary schools and other key community organisations such as the Scout Group.
  1. To develop active and visible relationships within the village in creative ways, both personally as an individual and also through the congregation. S(he) should be able to engage strategically with the life of the community, contributing with others to a vision both for Steeton, especially with new housing developments, and for the place of the churches in Steeton.

We re looking for someone with:

  • 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 of developing lay discipleship and leadership
  • Experience of developing ministry with children, young adults and families
  • Experience of co-ordinating different worship styles in a ‘mixed economy’
  • Experience of successfully managing change
  • Track record of developing good relationships in the local community
  • Knowledge/understanding of changing patterns of mission and ministry in the Church
  • An inspiring and energetic leader with the ability to delegate
  • Comfortable with being a public Christian figure in the village

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

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.