Vicar Holy Trinity Meanwood

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We are seeking an experienced priest who will work with the PCC to encourage spiritual and numerical growth in both the traditional eucharistic congregation and in gather! - a fresh expression of church.

It is essential that the new Vicar is able to inspire and encourage this ‘mixed economy’ - each has the potential for further development. Both have an important part to play in the future of Holy Trinity and further work is needed to enable both to support each other and utilise the latent gifts of their members in the service of Christ.

Meanwood CE Primary School was judged to be outstanding in their last Ofsted inspection. A significant number of parents attend Holy Trinity with their children in the hope of securing a place at the school for the child. There is scope for the church to do more to welcome and nurture these adults and children. Good church-school links have been fostered in recent years.

Holy Trinity is in a strong financial position and the PCC have recently refurbished the Church Hall to a high standard. There is scope for considering the employment of staff (say, for Youth/Children’s work).

Meanwood has become an increasingly popular place to live in Leeds, attracting young professional and families. In the east part of the parish there is considerable economic and social deprivation. It is a place where creative Anglican ministry can continue to grow, and flourish with good collaborative leadership.”

Closing date: 15/4/2019

Interviews: 9/5/2019

​For an informal discussion please contact the Archdeacon of Leeds, Ven Paul Ayers in the first instance via email at

The post holder will:

  • lead the church in developing and implementing an outward-focused vision for evangelism, mission and growth in numbers, spiritual depth and effective service described in the parish brochure;
  • develop opportunities for all ages to engage with Christian faith.
    • lead the development of small groups and study courses for new enquirers and existing disciples to grow in Christian faith;
    • lead and support the growth of work with children and young people to grow in Christian faith;
  • continue to maintain and nurture a fully integrated relationship with the local church school and develop productive partnerships with other schools;
  • continue to wholeheartedly support InterACT Church and Community Partnership;
  • help the church to continue to look outward into the whole parish and wider world;
  • encourage stewardship leading to increased regular and sustained giving;
  • be capable of becoming a Training Incumbent for any curate deployed to the parish

For full details please see the Role Description attached below or click here

The ideal candidate will be:

Someone who can demonstrate:

  • proven track record of commitment to and delivery of church growth
  • proven track record of growing the confidence and gifts of God’s people
  • experience in the typical range of Church of England parish ministry
  • knowledge/understanding of changing patterns of mission and ministry in the Church.
  • ​understanding and ability to lead and build up every-member ministry, discipleship and prayer life of laity

    and may also have experience of:
  • knowledge of Leading Your Church Into Growth (LYCiG)
  • developing lay-led small groups for new enquirers and existing disciples
  • community outreach
  • collaboration with church schools and other schools

Someone who has the following attributes:

  • Confident in their own faith and secure in their own identity as a Christian leader
  • Able to value the characteristics of different congregations and worship styles
  • Ability to communicate well with all ages
  • Personal commitment to mission, evangelism and church growth
  • Good listening and communication skills
  • Able preacher and leader of liturgy
  • Able to encourage good stewardship
    For full details please the Person Specification below or click here

As church here are some of a things we offer a new vicar:

  • A prayerful welcome into a well-established, and yet developing Church and local community.
  • The opportunity of being involved in leading and growing very different styles of worship, including our more traditional Holy Communion service and our café style service.
  • A desire to work together with the vicar to move the church forward in mission so that others may know the love of God and come to faith in Christ..
  • The support of a strong existing team of leaders, including both lay and ordained who meet regularly with the vicar to plan and review services and day-to-day matters

    For full details please see the Parish Brochure below or click here