Vacancies: Join us

Thank you for your interest in the Diocese of Bristol, its churches and schools. If you’re looking for a new challenge and are seeking new opportunities, you’ve come to the right place.

Explore our vacancies by selecting the different categories in the menu to the left or scroll down for the links.

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The Diocese of Bristol is the Church of England across Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Wiltshire and Swindon.

The Diocese covers a diverse and contrasting range of contexts and brings together over 200 churches, 70 church schools, a range of chaplaincies and networks of faith seeking to be a church for and serving all people in all places. Around 18,000 people worship regularly in our churches and 18,000 children and young people are educated in a church school.

As positions become vacant, they will all be listed here. Here you will find all of the information you will require to complete and submit your application. Details of the role and expected salary will also be published with each listing.

The Diocese of Bristol is committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. If you are successful in obtaining a post with the Diocese of Bristol and it requires an Enhanced DBS check this will be paid for by the diocese. Refusal to do so would prevent further consideration of your application. Any information received from the DBS will be treated in the strictest confidence.

We wish you well in your search for your next opportunity and look forward to receiving your application.

Meet just some of our amazing colleagues and read their stories:-   

The Rev Lee Barnes - Lee joined us in October as the Adviser for Curacy and Adviser for Fresh Expressions of Church. He has responsibility for overseeing curacies which involves the training and support of people being prepared for ordained ministry (curates) and those who develop their formation in a local church context (training incumbents). Lee’s other role is in encouraging new and different ways of engaging people with the Christian faith by forming new Christian communities (transforming church) that provide a place for those who are not interested in more formal and traditional approaches to church. Lee is passionate about seeing others grow in whatever God has called them to (transforming lives) and loves seeing new ideas come to life which make a difference both in the lives of others and in transforming communities – whether in small or big ways. This passion comes from Lee’s experience in being involved in leading churches and pioneering new spaces and places for people to engage with faith and spirituality – from rural to city contexts – a background working with marginalised communities, including ex-offenders and those without a place to call home.

Lee has really enjoyed being part of the team and has loved the energy and commitment that people are bringing to their different roles with a shared passion to make a positive difference across the diocese. Together. Lee has found people have gone out of their way to make him feel welcomed and have been gracious as he works out how everything works (and he is still learning!)

Alongside these roles, Lee enjoys being the Co-Chair of the Church at Glastonbury Festival which is where many of his interests come together in one place. Lee is also a Spoken Word Poet and can be found in times of rest in the housing cooperative that he started with friends this year, gathering people from different walks of life together or watching any Nordic Noir or listening to 90s punk.

Georgina Ross - Georgina joined us just before Christmas last year after leaving her previous employment in recruitment to embark on her Human Resources journey. Georgina helps the rest of the Human Resources team in following up any queries, sending and filing information, and attending  to any recruitment needs.  Georgina says: 'No two days are the same, which is the best part, giving me the ability to explore all aspects of Human Resources'.

This year Georgina has been combining her work with studying for a Level 3 CIPD qualification in Human Resources Management, sharing her new knowledge with colleagues and undertaking on-the-job training too.

Whilst at university Georgina took part in a team sport called Lifesaving, combining first aid skills and swimming competitively. These skills continue to stand her in good stead as she is also a qualifed Lifeguard! Her ambition so far this year is to follow through on her New Year’s resolution of going to the gym regularly. So far so good! Let's see how 2024 goes...


Tara Nelson – Tara joined us on Halloween, thankfully from nowhere scarier than the rural county of Herefordshire. Tara’s role spans Individual Giving – raising funds from small gifts from individuals for projects within the TC.T strategy, and supporting parishes with the same, to Supporter Care – seeing to it that all who donate to the work of the Diocese of Bristol and its church communities are thanked, and that the Diocese’s data is clean, organised and secure.

Tara enjoys her work with the Diocese enormously. The buzz and variety, getting both to support parishes and practise her profession is what makes the role click for her – “every day, we support the work of hundreds of tiny charities, each with incredible histories of good work and stewardship … meanwhile, the ambitions of the Diocese at large, and the TC.T strategy, makes every day exciting, inspiring and highly unpredictable.”

Before joining us, Tara’s work had ranged from a food bank to a Verger in a Cathedral, taking detours through tech startups and a brief stint as a film composer.

In her spare time, Tara makes avante-garde webcomics about guinea pig-owning assassins in space.

Parish and Other Vacancies

Please follow these links for local parish vacancies and other vacancies not included in the list below.

Clergy and Diocesan Support Services Vacancies

Vicar, St James, Mangotsfield

We are a single church parish located on the eastern edge of Bristol. Can you, in God’s grace, lead our family friendly Inclusive and Evangelical church to share the love of Christ with established and new communities?

Rector - Greenways Benefice, Chippenham

We are praying for a collaborative minister called to lead in an expanding town.

Vicar - Warmley, Syston and Bitton

Could you be called to lead us to flourish together? The parishes of Warmley, Syston, and Bitton between Bristol and Bath would love to meet you.

Rector of Gauzebrook Benefice, North Wiltshire

Are you called to the beauty, joys and challenges of a multi-parish rural community, with a rich sense of tradition and heritage?

Ministry Experience Scheme

Do you want to explore whether God is calling you to ministry in the Church of England by gaining experience of what it is really like?

SSM Fromeside Benefice

The Fromeside Benefice is looking to invite a Self-Supporting Minister to join our Ministerial Team.

SSM Associate Minister - Bybrook Benefice

The role of Associate Minister in the Bybrook Benefice is a unique and exciting opportunity for an ordained priest to make a significant contribution to the life of the church community.

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