Vicar of Embsay with Eastby and Area Clergy Development Officer

This post has been closed.

Post Reference: cofe/TP/4483/2060
Number of Positions: 1
Contract Type: Clergy
Closing Date: 28/10/2019
Region / Division: Leeds
Post Category: Clergy
Organizational Unit: Benefice
Location: Kirk Lane, Embsay, Skipton


The Parish of St Mary the Virgin, Embsay with Eastby is seeking a priest (0.5) who will work collaboratively with the lay and ordained colleagues to advance God’s work by continuing the development of discipleship and deepening people’s understanding of how God is working in their lives. Situated on the southern fringe of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and close to the market town of Skipton, these villages have a strong sense of community while being open and accessible, with good transport links to the wider area.  The new incumbent will be supported by an Associate Priest and a Retired Priest, together with a team of active lay members who wish to develop their existing positive role.

The Diocese of Leeds is looking a Clergy Development Officer (0.5) for the Ripon Episcopal Area to work as part of a diocesan team to develop and resource IME Phase 2 and Continuing Ministerial Development, to work with colleagues in a new School of Ministry Team, and to liaise with the Area Bishop on clergy development and formation.

The Closing date is Monday 28th October 2019

The shortlisting meeting will be held on Wednesday 13th November 2019

Interviews will be held on Monday 25th November 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,

If you require further information about the Clergy Development Officer please do not hesitate to contact the Revd. Canon Andrew Tawn Tel: 0113 353 0284

Post Introduction

We are looking for someone:

  • To be the Vicar of the parish, 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.
  • To collaborate within the deanery in mission and ministry and, through the deanery plan, in such reshaping of ministry as resources and opportunities may require.
  • 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 this parish.
  • To 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.
  • 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.
  • Whilst maintaining a distinctively Christian witness, to make new positive links and develop the existing links with community and external organisations based in the parish so that full use is made of opportunities for outreach and service to the community

For the Clergy Development Officer the principal tasks will be working as part of a Clergy Development Team to:

  • Take responsibility for the oversight of IME Phase 2 and CMD in an episcopal area, contributing to an integrated plan across the diocese.
  • Contribute to the development, training and resourcing of IME Phase 2 for newly ordained ministers and their training incumbents in line with national guidelines and diocesan policy.
  • Review and contribute to the development of the CMD of clergy and licensed lay workers, delivering, in partnership with others, an integrated, sustainable and stimulating programme of CMD.
  • Work with the Clergy Development Team and other officers in areas which add value to ministry development eg LYCiG, Faithful Neighbours, Fresh Expressions to deliver an integrated approach to training
  • Liaise with the Area Bishop on matters concerning clergy formation and development.

The Ideal Candidate

We are looking for someone who can demonstrate varying levels of experience and competence in ALL the following areas:


  • Providing spiritual teaching, challenge and inspiration
  • In providing leadership, you can
    • work collaboratively to develop the mission of the church, engaging with the ideas and concerns of others
    • delegate effectively and share ministry with clergy and lay colleagues
    • embrace a range of worship patterns
    • develop ecumenical links

Pastoral working

  • Engaging with and providing pastoral care for people of all ages
  • Building links with people who are not churchgoers
  • Motivating and enabling others to discover and use their gifts

You will be someone who:

  • Puts prayer at the centre of your own life and that of the church
  • Has the ability to speak in ordinary ways about God
  • Is able to enthuse others
  • Is committed to your own ministerial development
  • Can work with others to manage conflicting demands on your time
  • Has a good understanding of parish administration
  • Is able to attend meetings and commitments throughout the diocese

About Us

The 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), a spa town (Harrogate), market towns (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 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.


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