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Vicar Clifton Parish York

Please Note: The application deadline for this post has now passed.


Clifton Parish lies on the north-west side of the beautiful city of York. The parish has a population of approximately 16,000 and is largely residential with a mix of modern estates and more established housing.


It includes three primary schools, one secondary school and two private schools. There is a light industrial estate, an out of town shopping  centre and several small parades of shops. Another large housing estate is currently under construction.


The Parish contains two Anglican churches Clifton Parish Church, officially St Philip and St James but known to all as CPC, St Mark’s Church, and one Local Ecumenical Project (LEP) , Clifton Moor, currently half-way through a five year term of Anglican oversight.


All are low church encouraging both male and female lay members to take an active role in the life of the church and seek to make visitors feel welcome and relaxed.


Each church has its own character. We hold a number of combined Parish services throughout the year and other regular joint events include men’s and women’s breakfasts,  Saturday coffee mornings and Saturday afternoon walks.


There are several prayer meetings across the Parish, each with its own character. Recent developments include the monthly Prophetic Intercession meetings (PIP) where we listen to what God is saying to us before we intercede and we pray. Another recent development is the twice termly Kindle which provides a freer space for creative worship and prayer.


We are a big, busy parish on the northern edge of York with a desire to bring in, build up, equip and send out God’s people to share the gospel.


Do see our website  www.cliftonparish.org.uk

Post Introduction

York Deanery is one of the larger Deaneries in the Diocese.

The Deanery is blessed with Christian communities that gather in a rich variety of settings from York Minster to the 35 Churches that make up York Deanery.  Each provide a unique witness to the Christian Gospel rooted in the communities they seek to serve.

Together with all the other Deaneries in the Diocese we are responding to the challenge to develop the lives of all our churches to be 'Generous Churches Making and Nurturing the Disciples'. 

The heart and focus of the direction of the change we are being asked to engage with was made clear when the Archbishop started to refer to our churches not as parishes but Mission Units. 

So it is with renewed vigour that we are currently developing a Deanery Leadership Team which will, with the Deanery Synod, Clergy Chapter and other important networks, look at how we might together more effectively inspire, influence, resource and lead mission.

This is a daunting and thrilling task and we remind ourselves that the One who has called us is faithful.

If you believe God might be calling you to join us here in York then we would be pleased to journey with you to discern His will for you.

Revd Terence McDonough, Area Dean

Role Responsibility

.  We are looking for someone with:

  • An infectious faith and desire to know Jesus more and make him known to others,
  • a sound biblical understanding, openness to the work of the Holy Spirit and an ability to communicate the gospel effectively to a diverse congregation,
  • strong leadership skills and an ability to motivate, train and delegate effectively,
  • the ability to think strategically, to move vision into action and  willing to challenge the church to embrace God’s call,
  • a commitment to personal and corporate prayer and a desire to recognise, develop and release gifts in others.

The Ideal Candidate

As a church, we have a heart for mission, pastoral care and youth and young people’s work, which is supported by a strong team of ordained clergy and lay members.


•As a multi-church parish, there are inherent challenges of managing one parish with three distinct churches, for example maintaining unity whilst allowing individual church identity.

•Mission - Evangelism

•“To know Jesus and make known His transforming power”.

•This is our heart as a parish. We’ve already provided a number of opportunities for the local community to be involved with the churches for example: Hope Café, Community BBQs, Young at Heart, Messy Church, Jingles, work in local schools etc. We want to build on these, and going forward we need someone who can help us discern missional strategies for our changing society.

•Mission - Discipleship

•Small Groups

•We value the benefit of small groups, and currently have a number  of people involved in them. We are currently reviewing the purpose, co-ordination and structure of our small groups. We would like to see small groups flourish through the creative development of traditional and new models.

•Pastoral Care

•The first line of our pastoral care is our small groups, but we recognize that not everyone is in a small group. We do have some informal pastoral arrangements, but we recognize the need to take a more holistic and creative approach for church members and the wider Parish.


•We have many committed members who serve in many ways, but in parallel with other church trends, attendance isn’t as regular as it used to be. We need to be challenged in our commitment to following Jesus, to grow in faith and servanthood, and to pray more.

•Financial Sustainability

•Through the generous giving of our congregations we are able to employ a youth worker, children and family worker and parish administrative assistant. To continue to offer these and our other ministries and to grow spiritually and numerically we need to increase our regular income. Traditionally we have had annual giving reviews but need to explore more creative models of stewardship.

About Us

CPAS  is an evangelical patron with involvement in the appointment to 526 benefices. www.cpas.org.uk

To view our microsite visit https://jobs.churchofengland.org/cpas/

If you have any queries contact the patronage team at CPAS John Fisher jfisher@cpas.org.uk or Kathy Burch kburch@cpas.org.uk

The closing date for this post is 24 October and the interviews and visits are on 29 and 30 November

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