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Rector of Nantwich

Please Note: The application deadline for this post has now passed.


Applications are invited for the post of Rector of Nantwich.

Those wishing to discuss the post informally should contact either:

The Rt Revd Libby Lane

bpstockport@chester.anglican.org   0161 928 5611


the Rural Dean, the Revd Canon Helen Chantry

helenchantry@btopenworld.com    01270 811543

Closing date: 12noon on 28th November 2017

Interviews: 13th and 14th December 2017

Post Introduction

The church of St. Mary's at Nantwich would welcome a priest committed to evangelism, outreach and nurture, across the generations. They should be pastorally minded and demonstrate leadership.  They need to enable and support the teams of lay and ordained colleagues to co-ordinate and develop the varied and flourishing life of the parish. They should also be an effective communicator. St Mary’s has wide ranging forms of worship and a rich musical life including an excellent RSCM choir and a worship band. The church has a civic dimension and also works, in covenant, with the other local churches.

Nantwich is a large and growing community of 20,000, with the beautiful and historic parish church of St Mary (ER 466 - USA under 16 = 66, over 16 = 436) centrally situated as the only place of Anglican worship in the town. Local amenities are excellent. There is a modern rectory.

Role Responsibility

· We need someone who will lead us towards a greater understanding of God’s love. The team of one part-time Associate Rector (SSM) and one part-time Associate Minister (SSM), Readers, retired clergy, parish workers, lay group leaders, PCC and congregation need support, coordination and clear leadership to develop how we show God’s love in the wider community across all ages.

 · We are a Church of several congregations with their own identities which need nurturing and developing.  This “Broad Church” needs leadership, guidance, encouragement and support in our Christian life together, retaining the confidence of existing worshippers, maintaining our traditions but also enabling us to think beyond them.

· The town’s growing population and the Church’s congregation provide opportunities to be developed.  We want to explore ways to foster the opportunities and links for God’s work with the people of Nantwich.

· Continuing to develop relationships with local government and commerce, nurturing and growing our relationship with Cheshire East and Nantwich Town Councils, shops and businesses.

 · Overseeing the development and maintenance of the Church building.   A mostly 14th century church made of Cheshire sandstone with the consequent need for continuous repair and restoration is a major challenge on its own. Our next project is to move the existing Visitors’ Centre from the South Porch into the north-west corner of the church.

· There are trusteeships, some as chairman, of charitable trusts that are part of the fabric of Church and town.  The incumbent is required to take up these trusteeships which are principally the Church Wardens’ Merged Charity, Church House Nantwich (Parish Hall), Nantwich Parish Church Preservation Appeal Trust and five Alms House Trusts.

 · Ecumenical Working.  The Rector will support the collaborative efforts of the churches working together in Nantwich.

The Ideal Candidate

We are looking and praying for a Rector who loves God and loves people.

  • A disciple of Christ who is continually growing and learning in their own faith
  • A priest with a strong faith, of integrity and prayer
  • A person who is self-aware and personable, with a generous and inclusive attitude

An Effective Communicator

  • who will enthuse the whole Church with its vision and enable its development
  • who is a good public communicator able to present the Gospel clearly and enthusiastically and who would be the public face of St Mary’s in Nantwich
  • who has the ability to develop supportive relationships

A Strategic Thinker

  • who can embrace our many varieties of worship and can lead us to new pastures
  • who is a clear thinker who can be innovative and creative within a strategic framework

An Experienced Leader

  • who is a good team leader, with a proven track record
  • who is a good organiser, able to delegate responsibilities, to build, encourage and motivate congregations, clergy and lay workers to use their skills and talents in the service of God

About Us

The Diocese of Chester is in the province of York in the Church of England, part of the global Anglican Communion.  Our website is www.chester.anglican.org  We are linked with the Anglican Church of Melanesia in the Solomon Islands and the Dioceses of Aru and Boga in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  The Diocese is divided into two archdeaconries: Chester covering the western half and Macclesfield the eastern, each with nine deaneries. There are 273 parishes, about 100 of which can be described as rural.  Compared with many dioceses, there are few teams, and few multi-parish benefices. There are approximately 231 stipendiary clergy.  The ministry of Readers and Pastoral Workers is important, with over 400 licensed. The role of self-supporting ministers is increasing, with over 80 in post at present.

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