Priest-in-Charge of the Fountains Benefice of Churches

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The Benefice of the Fountains Group

The people who make up this enthusiastic group of four parishes are looking forward to welcoming a Priest-in-Charge who will give them a lead in discovering a fresh and uniting vision as together they seize the opportunities for mission and ministry in this stunning part of Yorkshire..

The closing date is Monday 27th May at Midnight

The shortlisting meeting will be held on Wednesday 5th June 2019

Interviews will be held on Thursday 13th June 2019

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact the Rt. Revd. Dr Helen-Ann Hartley, Bishop of Ripon, Tel: 01765 601094 or email her PA Mrs Judith Richardson,

The Benefice requires someone who will:

  • be the Priest in Charge of this Benefice, having 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.
  • collaborate within the deanery in mission and ministry and, through the deanery plan, in such reshaping of ministry as resources and opportunities may require.
  • develop the ministry of the laity, through training, delegation, encouragement and support so that they have a greater involvement in the mission and ministry of the Benefice.
  • work with each PCC and local Church Committees along with supporting fellow clergy towards the development of a Benefice Vision, and to review that vision with them.
  • ensure that a high standard of worship, preaching and pastoral care is provided so that people are more able to live and grow as disciples of Christ.
  • seek and maintain ecumenical cooperation wherever possible.
  • gain a good working understanding of the Diocese and the support it provides.
  • encourage Christian stewardship of people’s time, money and abilities so that the ministry of the church is strengthened and enabled.
  • maintain a distinctly Christian witness, to make positive links and develop the existing links with community and external organisations based in the benefice, so that full use is made of opportunities for outreach and service to the community.

We are looking for someone who is able to demonstrate experience and proven competency in the following areas:

  • an ability and readiness to accommodate different traditions and styles of worship
  • experience of releasing the gifts of the people by promoting lay ministry across the churches
  • commitment to ecumenical partnership
  • experience of reaching out to children, young people, families and schools
  • has an awareness and understanding of rural life and the pastoral needs of a wide rural community

  • has a sensitive and encouraging leader of worship

  • is pastorally committed

  • is an effective communicator to a wide variety of audiences

  • is a good listener

  • has good management and organizational skills

  • the ability to prioritise.

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

The Anglican Diocese of Leeds comprises five Episcopal Areas, each coterminous with an Archdeaconry. This is now one of the largest dioceses in the country, and its creation is unprecedented in the history of the Church of England. It covers an area of around 2,425 square miles, and a population of around 2,642,400 people.

The three former dioceses were created in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to cater for massive population changes brought about by industrialisation and, later, mass immigration. The diocese comprises major cities (Bradford, Leeds, Wakefield), large industrial and post-industrial towns (Halifax, Huddersfield, Dewsbury), market towns (Harrogate, Skipton, Ripon, Richmond and Wetherby), and deeply rural areas (the Dales). The whole of life is here, along with all the richness, diversity and complexities of a changing world.

The Diocesan Bishop (The Rt Rev’d Nick Baines) is assisted by five Area Bishops (Bradford, Huddersfield, Kirkstall, Wakefield and Ripon), and five archdeacons (Bradford, Halifax, Leeds, Pontefract, Richmond & Craven). The parish of Bolton Priory lies in the Skipton Deanery of the Ripon Episcopal Area, in the Archdeaconry of Richmond and Craven. The Bishop of Ripon is the Rt Rev’d Dr Helen-Ann Hartley.

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, both numerically and spiritually.