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Vicar of the Parish of Meltham Christ the King

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



Meltham is a small town situated on the edge of the Peak District National Park in West Yorkshire, well served by a wide range of local amenities yet only 5 miles from the University town of Huddersfield.   

(Population: 9000; Electoral Roll: 276)

Post Introduction

The successful candidate will be a spiritual leader, able to bring out the best in people, empowering them for mission and ministry. He/she will be happy to delegate and committed to nurturing the contribution of others.

We are looking for someone who will  be:

A Godly Visionary – able to take us forward in vision and growth

A Creative Leader – comfortable with leading different styles of worship confidently and prayerfully

A People Person – willing and able to minister to people of all ages and backgrounds

In return the parish offer:

A gifted team of ministers lay and ordained

Four churches who value their distinctiveness but who also work together to cooperate in God’s mission

Excellent relationships ecumenically, in the community, and with local schools

Special Note:

There are two church schools Meltham CE (VC) Primary) and Helme CE (VA) Infant and Junior .

This is a united parish with one PCC which meets four times a year and four DCCs which manage the day to day running of each church.

Main Responsibility


The main responsibilities are to be:

A Spiritual Leader, envisioning and empowering the congregations for mission and ministry, happy to delegate and committed to nurturing the contribution of others.

A Godly Visionary – taking the churches forward in vision and growth

A Creative Leader –  leading different styles of worship confidently and prayerfully

A People Person – willing and able to minister to people of all ages and backgrounds and to develop excellent relationships ecumenically, in the community and with local schools


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 collaborate within the deanery and episcopal area in mission and ministry and to seek opportunities for sharing resources with other local benefices;

To develop the ministry of the laity, through training, delegation, encouragement and support so that they have greater involvement in the mission and ministry of the benefice;

To ensure that a high standard of worship, preaching and pastoral care is provided across the churches of the benefice so that people are more able to live and grow as Disciples of Christ;

To seek ecumenical cooperation wherever possible;

To gain a good working understanding of the Diocese and the support it provides;

To encourage Christian stewardship of people's time, money and abilities so that the ministry of the church is strengthened and enabled;


The Ideal Candidate

A person with experience of:

  • team building so as to bring out the best in others
  • leading one or more churches forward in vision
  • leading worship prayerfully in a variety of styles
  • strengthening relationships within the community
  • developing work with children and young people in school, church and local community
  • maintaining and developing ecumenical relationships
  • communicating effectively and pastorally  and working collaboratively

About Us

Our vision as the Diocese of Leeds is for confident clergy, equipping confident Christians to tell the Good News of Jesus Christ. For all of our appointments we are seeking clergy who have a confident faith and a commitment to church growth.

For more information about how we serve and celebrate community within the Diocese see our new film:


The patrons are The Bishop, Simeon Trustees and The Rector of Almondbury.

If you have any queries regarding this post please contact The Archdeacon of Halifax archdeacon.halifax@leeds.anglican.org

The closing date for this post is 12 March and the interviews are on 9th April

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