Our Story

The Diocese of York takes in much of North and East Yorkshire, an area which includes the cities of York and Hull, as well as Middlesbrough and Selby, two National Parks, and the incomparable Yorkshire coast. We are a family of 589 churches and 125 schools across 443 parishes. York Minster is our principal church.

The appointment of a new Archbishop of York has encouraged the reshaping of the Diocesan vision and examination of our priorities. We are determined to become a simpler, bolder, humbler and more diverse church of missionary disciples which is Christ centred and Jesus shaped, ensuring in partnership with other churches that there is a Christian witness in every community. We wish to be a people who are ‘Living Christ’s Story.’

We are bringing fresh energy and focus to our our strategic goals: to Reach those we currently don't; to Grow in discipleship, influence and numbers, and to Transform our finances and structures. Our approach is aligned with a commitment to the best of our parochial inheritance and to the poorest communities, and to the financial realities we face.

The Director of Mission and Ministry (DMM) is a new post. As part of our leadership team, drawing together important areas of our work, the role will be key to the achievement of our goals. The post-holder will responsible for helping us to grow lay and ordained ministers who are outward facing, confident in discipleship, well-resourced and well-supported, as well as overseeing the delivery of strategic initiatives such as our Multiply programme (focused on reaching out to young adults) and our Mustard Seed programme (focused on ministry in those parts of our diocese where life is tough.)

Our mission and ministry relies on relies on thousands of people - lay and ordained, volunteer and paid. Our diocesan teams provide services to support our clergy, churches, parishes and schools. We operate from our office at Clifton Moor, on the northern edge of York, where we have open-plan office accommodation and, flexible space for meetings and training, and from other locations across our large diocese including our wonderful conference and retreat venue Wydale Hall.

York was named the best place to live in the UK by The Sunday Times in March 2018. Our glorious cathedral, historic walls and winding medieval streets embody a rich architectural history and charm. Meanwhile, a thriving and diverse range of museums and galleries, shops, cafes and restaurants, together with green space, outstanding schools and excellent transport links (London is two hours away by train) offer a fantastic quality of life.