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Interim Vicar and Diocesan Rural Change Enabler

Interim Vicar for the Benefice of Aldbrough St John, Forcett and Melsonby (0.5) and Diocesan Rural Change Enabler (0.5)


Yorkshire and Lincs


Ref: JN012362

The Bishop of Ripon and the Benefice of Aldbrough St John, Forcett and Melsonby are looking to appoint a priest to the joint post of Interim Vicar (0.5) and Diocesan Rural Change Enabler (0.5).


The appointment is for a period of three years (which may be extended). Located 5 miles from Richmond, in the northern part of North Yorkshire and close to the A1 and A66 near Scotch Corner, the parishes are looking for an incumbent who can exercise leadership with confidence and compassion, and who will bring life, energy and creativity to worship, whilst honouring traditions and customs.


Their new priest will nurture a prayerful Christian faith in all age groups across these rural communities, will ensure pastoral care, and engage with local schools.


The new incumbent will be well supported by lay colleagues.


The Rural Change Enabler appointment is part of the Barnabas: Encouraging Confidence programme, which aims to encourage and enable clergy and parishes to be confident in our mission, in our future, in our leadership and our witness.


The Rural Change Enabler role has a specific focus on the challenges and opportunities of rural ministry and mission within the context of the Richmond Deanery, of which the Benefice is part.


They will explore with others new models of ministry that we hope will lead to sustainability, revitalisation and flourishing.


For further information, and to apply for the role, please go to the 'apply for this job' button below


For an informal conversation please contact the Bishop of Ripon,

Tel: 01765 601094 or email her PA, Mrs Judith Richardson,


Closing date - Monday 27th May 2024

Shortlisting date - Monday 3rd June 2024

Interview date - Wednesday 19th June 2024

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Closing date: 27 May 2024

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