Vicar Vacancy

Are you are a great leader who loves Jesus and is servant-hearted?Are you an enthusiastic discipleship-maker who is missionally minded?We are expectantly seeking a new leader to join our family who will walk alongside us, helping to navigate the path as God reveals His plans for the next chapter at St Mark’s, Harrogate.

We are eager to be disciples who make disciples living out our vision: to be Jesus’ family of servants on mission.

Or church is evangelical and gently charismatic. With a large church family comes the joy and richness of diversity from our worship, to our preaching, to our missional focus.

We want to acknowledge the value of our past and what life is like at St Mark’s presently but, look ahead and really get to the heart of what living out our vision means and how we do that in the context of a big family and in our town. As with any family entering into a new chapter, there will be opportunities, challenges and changes to be embraced.

We are excited to find a leader who doesn’t have all the answers but, who is called to join us, to prayerfully lead us, as we discern and explore together, what it means to live life as disciples who make disciples.

Here are some of the things we’d love our new leader do:

+ Help us to bring our vision to life

+ Meet our family where it is now in all its diversity of age & style

+ Encourage us to focus on Jesus & become more like him?

+ Lead, equip and release members of our family?

+ Together, build on our present and shape our future?

 Here are some of the things we can offer you:

+ An enthusiastic team of clergy, staff, leaders and volunteers.

+ A diverse and supportive church family.

+ A lively cohort of over 200 children and 60 young people who attend regularly and a desire to understand how we can disciple them best, along with their whole family.

+ An existing relationship with Kairos Connexions – a network of churches and leaders in England and Wales who have committed to travel together on a journey of mission and discipleship

+ Opportunities and encouragement to discern with who and where God calls us to be on mission and in our wider community.

+ A beautiful location in the fashionable spa town of Harrogate which offers superb schools, acres of parkland and the beautiful Yorkshire Dales on your doorstep.

The right candidate will have had good levels of church leadership and ordained experience.

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 closing date for this post is the 27th September and visits and interviews are on the 27 October.

This post is subject to an enhanced disclosure from the DBS

St Mark’s Patron

CPAS is an evangelical patron with patronage of nearly 700 churches.

If you have queries about this post please contact Kathy Burch or Graham Archer

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.