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Vicar of the United Benefice of St Paul’s Drighlington and St Peter’s Gildersome

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


Vicar of the United Benefice of St Paul's Drighlington and St Peter's Gildersome

The Bishop of Leeds wishes to appoint an experienced priest to lead these two churches which are continuing to grow and develop during the vacancy.

We are looking for a new vicar who is:

  • Excited about sharing Jesus
  • A collaborative leader who will share responsibility and help us to grow as confident disciples
  • A good organiser and communicator
  • Keen to embrace the remarkable unity which already exists and focus outwards on growth

Post Introduction

We offer:

  • A prayerful, dedicated and gifted team with a wide range of gifts, abilities and skills, eager to share in mission, with enthusiasm for lay ministries
  • Two worship traditions (one with robed choir and organ and one with worship band) with one heart for mission
  • Excellent church buildings (one recently reordered, one modern), good vicarage, healthy finances
  • Two villages (population Drighlington 5528, Gildersome 5800) close to Leeds and motorways

Role Responsibility

  • To build up the Kingdom of God in Drighlington and Gildersome 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 parishes
    • leading in ministry and evangelism to the wider community, developing outreach strategies to create opportunities for individuals of all ages to discover God’s love for them and choose to become followers of Jesus Christ
    • discovering opportunities to work with the people 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 productive partnership with local schools
    • ensuring that appropriate worship, preaching and pastoral care is provided in the parishes
    • 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 Ideal Candidate

The person appointed will:

  • help us become a Benefice full of confidence and effective disciples of Jesus
  • have a pastoral heart.
  • be an inspirational leader of worship, comfortable with and able to embrace and value a range of worship styles
  • be a good organiser and communicator
  • be able to encourage us and nurture us in our Spiritual life and development
  • be a leader who will help us discern, develop and realise our mission priorities
  • be a visible presence in both villages
  • collaborate with us and enable us to reach out to the wider community, including local schools

For an informal discussion, please contact

The Ven. Paul Ayers, Archdeacon of Leeds 07539 873940 email: paul.ayers@leeds.anglican.org

About Us

The parishes of Drighlington and Gildersome have worked increasingly together with one priest since 2013, and have developed a remarkably strong sense of unity. A scheme to form a united benefice of two parishes under the Mission and Pastoral Measure is currently being processed and should come into effect before the new priest takes office. It is important that the new priest should respect and value both traditions and happily encourage each to flourish in complementarity.

There is a wealth of committed lay leadership. This brings its own challenge of harnessing the energies and focusing the direction of a diverse team, ensuring that all voices are heard and respected. It is important not to avoid conflicts that inevitably arise but to handle them well and creatively. The new priest must be a strong manager and leader of people, providing effective supervision and continuing training to colleagues lay and ordained.

It is intended that the priest will be a training incumbent for a curate.



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