From the Bishop:

Nick Baines, the Bishop of Leeds“Our vision in the diocese is to equip confident clergy to enable confident Christians to live and tell the good news of Jesus Christ in our parts of West, North and South Yorkshire. We want to be a church that is “Loving, Living and Learning”. Our diocese is young (it was created in 2014) and as it  continues to grow, our strategy focuses on “clergy and lay together; purposeful resourcing; dynamic partnerships” – which will characterise our ministry and our outreach in the name of Christ. 

Each of our three cathedrals has its distinctive ministry, yet, uniquely and ambitiously, shares a common vision across the diocese. This has turned out to be an area of real creative significance as the new diocese has grown in the last seven years.

Our context means that we need to be faithful to our past, yet creative in relation to the future; we need to be responsive to social and economic challenges in both rural and urban communities and we must reach out to others in partnership with those of faith and those of no faith.

Bradford Cathedral stands at the heart of a community that is challenging, demanding, exciting, complex and resourceful. Austerity dealt a huge economic blow to the city, but the development of city centre shopping facilities, coupled with a burgeoning civic and  arts culture, have helped a growth in confidence in the struggle to build for the future. The Cathedral – particularly in the person of the Dean – plays a significant role in civic and community life in Bradford, and the Dean is trusted to engage at every level, facilitating conversation, bringing agencies together and stimulating positive action.

The foundation of all our work lies in our relationship with God, rooted in prayer and worship; and nurturing our faith and common life together - both across the diocese and within the cathedral - will lie at the heart of the Dean’s ministry.

Please be assured of my prayers as you discern whether you are being called to be the next Dean of Bradford.”

Nick Baines, Bishop of Leeds

From the Deans of Ripon and Wakefield:

Simon Cowling, Dean of WakefieldWe are looking forward very much to working with the new Dean of Bradford. The Diocese of Leeds, with its three cathedrals, offers an opportunity (unique in the Church of England) for the new dean to work closely with colleagues in Ripon and Wakefield in continuing to support the ministry of the Bishop across the whole diocese and in ensuring that cathedral ministry is understood and celebrated both within and beyond the Church. The respective locations and hinterlands of the three cathedrals contribute to the sense that cathedral ministry is available and accessible across the whole diocese.

As members of both the Bishop’s Senior Staff and the Diocesan Synod, the three deans have the privilege of contributing to the discussions and the decisions that frame and shape the mission of the diocese. We all provide monthly reports to the Bishop’s Senior Staff meeting, and we all have other responsibilities on diocesan boards and committees. Our regular meetings with the Bishop and with one another help to ensure that the ministries of our respective cathedrals are well coordinated and that the large diocesan gatherings that we all host have a consistency of approach. Last, but not least, we enjoy meeting socially and look forward to continuing that aspect of our relationship.

Simon Cowling and John Dobson