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Associate Vicar Parish of Girlington Heaton and Manningham (part time)


Situated to the West of the centre of Bradford the four parishes of St Philip Girlington, St Martin Heaton, St Barnabas Heaton and St Paul Manningham are coming together to form a new "Super-Parish"

We are looking for a dynamic individual to join the existing team.  They will have a particular focus on St Philip's Girlington but will be part of a wider team ministry across all four churches.

Closing date for applications is Noon on 9th April with interviews on 2nd May

To arrange a visit or conversation please contact Revd Canon Alistair Helm on 07557 375844 alistair.helm@btinternet.com or Ven Andy Jolley on 07973 458403 andy.jolley@leeds.anglican.org

More info can be found on the Diocesan website


Post Introduction

This is both an exciting and a challenging time to be joining the team that serves the geographical area of Girlington, Heaton and Manningham here in the heart of Bradford.  The Parishes of St. Barnabas Heaton, St. Martin Heaton, St Paul Manningham and St Philip Girlington have agreed to unite as one parish to serve the area. The legal process is well advanced with the proposed pastoral scheme now with the Church Commissioners.

Becoming a larger parish brings about significant benefits in sharing skills and resources across the churches.. Also, by plunging more deeply into the rich and varied spiritual wells of the existing traditions of each church we hope better to serve and reach the population not currently a regular part of a Christian worshipping community.

We are seeking a spirit-filled, evangelically-minded leader who is a team player.

(S)he will:

  • be joyfully confident in their own identity in Christ and have a track record of growing confident disciples
  • be excited about life and ministry in a diverse inner-city community
  • have an understanding and enthusiasm for mission beyond the worshipping community.

Do you want to become part of the team that delivers this Vision?

Role Responsibility

  • To share with the Bishop both in the cure of souls and in responsibility, under God, for “building confident Christians, growing churches and transforming communities”;
  • To have regard to the calling and responsibilities of the clergy as described in the Canons, the Ordinal, the Code of Professional Conduct for the Clergy and other relevant legislation including safeguarding;
  • To build up the Kingdom of God in Girlington, Heaton & Manningham by:
  • helping to lead the congregations into growth in depth of discipleship, in numbers and in service to their local communities;
  • collaborating with other local churches in showing the love of God revealed in Jesus Christ in ways accessible to people of different faiths and no faith;
  • discovering opportunities to work with the people of Girlington, Heaton & Manningham, of any faith and none for the ‘common good’ of the local neighbourhood as a whole;
  • continuing and developing the productive partnership with the local primary schools and secondary schools;
  • exploring new informal styles of worship and communication, making use of modern media techniques;
  • encouraging Christian stewardship of people's time, money and abilities so that the ministry of the church is strengthened and enabled.

The person appointed will be licensed to all four of the current parishes and will be expected to work with each of the congregations of the four churches and across the whole area.  (S)he will be the Priest who is the pastoral focus for St Philip’s, Girlington, having day-to-day responsibility for encouraging the numerical and spiritual growth of the congregation there, and for supporting existing leaders and helping to develop new lay leadership.  There will be opportunity to develop other areas of interest and leadership not set out here.  These will be agreed with the Vicar.


The Ideal Candidate

We are looking for a dynamic individual who::

  • is an encourager and enabler who enjoys seeing God at work in people and communities 
  • loves people in all their diversity
  • has a proven track record of commitment to and delivery of church growth 
  • experience of parish ministry in a context with high levels of deprivation
  • is excited by the potential of pioneering creative new approaches to worship and mission
  • can work autonomously as well as in a team
  • be spiritually mature and able to live well with paradox

About Us

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.

These four parishes stand at the threshold of a new era of mission and ministry. Discussions over the last two years are leading to a new “Superparish” being formed - a united Anglican parish of Girlington, Heaton and Manningham with a ministry team to serve and lead this new venture. The Pastoral Scheme to legally create the new parish is expected to come into effect later this year.   The agreed stipendiary staffing for the proposed new parish comprises three posts: a full-time Vicar, a full-time Associate Vicar, and a part-time (half stipend plus house) Associate Vicar.

The ministry model proposed for the emerging “superparish” of Girlington, Heaton and Manningham allows each of the stipendiary clergy to be responsible for one of the churches whilst sharing in the mission across the area. This is a team role requiring close collaboration with ordained and lay members across the different churches.

The Bradford Episcopal Area has some flagship examples of ministry in the inner city where those of the Muslim faith are in the majority. This particular post sits in the context of developing appropriate forms of worship, evangelism, mission and church for deprived “presence and engagement” areas.  As such it requires a priest with a pioneering mindset and a heart for this type of community.

One of the distinguishing features of “superparish” arrangements is the decision to see different streams of Christian tradition as being fundamentally complementary rather than alternative.  Consequently, Christians can offer their view of the church and mission as one expression amongst several and enquirers and social activists can choose which resonates best for them.  This ‘menu’ or ‘mixed economy’ allows a respect for the incompleteness of all of our particular understandings of the way God is known in Jesus Christ in today’s world and at the same time encourages each tradition or stream to play fully to its strengths.

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