Priest in Charge - House for Duty

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Bradford
Clergy

St Chad’s is a church with a strong traditional Anglo-Catholic heritage. It has an eclectic congregation and is set in an inner city parish with a predominantly Asian Muslim population.

St Chad’s enjoyed the ministry of its previous vicar for some 47 years until his retirement last year and now therefore needs to face the challenges associated with a new season.

We are proposing to appoint a house for duty priest (two days a week plus Sundays) to serve the parish of St Chad’s. Following the previous incumbent’s long service, there are three particular priorities for the new priest:

  • To help us establish if the church can flourish, with there being growth and sustainability;
  • To be part of thinking about the best provision within the City of Bradford for worship and pastoral provision with Extended Episcopal Oversight for Anglicans who are not persuaded by the Church of England’s decision to ordain women;
  • To help the parish to play an appropriately full part in the life of the deanery, the Episcopal Area and the Diocese;

Closing date for applications is 15th October with interviews on 2nd November. Please contact Archdeacon Andy Jolley for an informal chat on 07973 458403

The parish require a Society Priest who is an energetic, forward thinking, traditional Anglo-Catholic priest who through his ministry will communicate easily with parishoners. He will lead by example, maintaining a traditional catholic ethos by preaching, teaching and personal holiness.

Is God calling you to lead this church? We’re looking for a priest who:

  • Can help this distinctive Extended Episcopal Oversight parish, with rich traditional Anglo-Catholic worship, to flourish
  • Is joyfully confident in their own identity in Christ and with a track record of managing change sensitively and growing confident disciples;
  • Can help the church congregation in outreach into their inner city community;
  • Is confident in supporting people in difficult pastoral situations.

This is a House for Duty appointment (two days a week plus Sundays). Following the previous incumbent’s long service there is now a need to develop clear thinking about the future and some careful management of change. There are three particular tasks expected of the new priest:

  • To help establish whether the church can flourish, with there being growth and sustainability;
  • To be part of the thinking about the best provision within the City of Bradford for worship and pastoral provision with Extended Episcopal Oversight for Anglicans who are not persuaded by the Church of England’s decision to ordain women;
  • To help the parish to play an appropriately full part in the life of the deanery, including an appropriate engagement with the neighbouring Anglican churches, as well as the wider Episcopal Area and the Diocese.

A key specific task for the new priest will be to help St Chad’s engage positively with the developing Anglican structures in that part of Bradford. Many of the other local churches around St Chad’s are small and struggling. Within the Church of England, four of the neighbouring parishes (St Philip’s Girlington, St Paul’s Manningham, St Barnabas Heaton and St Martin Heaton) have just merged to become a single ‘superparish’ and support each other more effectively. There will therefore be a particular role for the new priest to help St Chad’s positively engage with this development.

We seek a parish priest who will nurture the talents to be found within the congregation, so that together priest and people may work for the continuing development of school and community links, seeking through mission and evangelism to grow Christian outreach to those in the parish who have little or no experience of church.

What we are looking for in a new Priest

  • We require a priest affiliated to the Society who shares our theological position, firmly rooted in the Catholic tradition of the Church of England, who will celebrate the Holy Mysteries frequently, and offer times for Confession.
  • A priest with energy and enthusiasm, who will happily work with the various Community Associations, and be a strong presence and influence within the parish.
  • A priest who will work with people of all ages, including young families and encourage children and young people to attend.
  • A tolerant individual who is comfortable with the area’s diverse and eclectic nature, who would be inclusive in his approach to ministry and enthusiastic about building bridges with the many differing communities.
  • A strong leader who will work with the laity to encourage and develop their many skills, and identify and develop individual strengths and spiritual gifts.
  • A priest who will help us form and implement a vision for the future in both spiritual and practical ways.
  • A priest who is confident in helping the parish move forward.
  • A first-class communicator and listener and most importantly, someone with a great sense of humour!

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

Our vision as a Diocese is about confident clergy equipping confident Christians to live and tell the good news of Jesus Christ. In appointing to this post, we are looking for someone who has a joyful and confident faith which can inspire church growth, both numerically and spiritually. We are also seeking someone with the skills to be able to lead this congregation through uncertain times and manage change sensitively.

St Chad’s is located in the new Deanery of Inner Bradford. The Deanery is comprised of parishes similar in demographic context to St Chad’s, many of whom are experimenting with mixing new approaches to worship and mission alongside inherited patterns. The new incumbent will therefore find a group of creative and supportive colleagues in Deanery chapter, all of whom will be deeply familiar with the joys and challenges that each other faces. The new post holder will therefore be expected to work with a spirit of generosity in sharing wisdom and insights about ministry within the Deanery of Inner Bradford and across the Episcopal Area.