Team Vicar - Eccles Team

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Eccles, Salford


Eccles Team Ministry

Are you called to lead the church’s mission and outreach in two open evangelical urban parishes in Greater Manchester? St Andrew’s Eccles and Christ Church, Patricroft both have a church school and are seeking to engage with their local neighbourhood.

Closing date: 1st March 2019

Interviews: 15th March 2019

The new Team Vicar will:

  • Have a heart for mission in an area where many people are living on low incomes and there are high levels of deprivation
  • Respond imaginatively to key opportunities for mission
  • Have a passion for school ministry
  • Understand contemporary cultures and be excited by the possibility of fresh expressions of church within them
  • Join a supportive team (including Team Rector, an OLM and several Readers and Authorised Lay Ministers)

Role Description signed off by: The Archdeacon of Salford

Date: 10th December 2018

To be reviewed 6 months after commencement of the appointment

  1. Details of Post

Role Title: Team Vicar

Name of benefice: The Eccles Team

Deanery: Eccles Archdeaconry: Salford

Initial point of contact on Terms of Service: The Archdeacon of Salford

  1. Role Purpose


  1. To exercise the cure of souls shared with the bishop in this benefice in collaboration with your colleagues
  2. To have regard to the calling and responsibilities of the clergy as described in the Canons, the Ordinal, the Code of Professional Conduct for the Clergy and other relevant legislation.
  3. To work to advance the Kingdom of God through servant leadership, collaboration and example, and with particular regard to the current diocesan mission goals:

a) GROWING – growing new disciples in missionary church communities which are younger, more diverse, active and spiritually engaged.

b) NURTURING – increasing vocations, nurturing new and existing disciples, increasing financial giving

c) SERVING – present for all, speaking and acting prophetically for justice, supporting pastorally especially the vulnerable, deprived and excluded

  1. To share in the wider work of the deanery and diocese as appropriate, for the building up of the whole Body of Christ
  2. To share with lay and ordained colleagues in taking assemblies, preaching and in leading church services and occasional offices across the benefice


  1. Pastoral responsibility for Christ Church, Patricroft and St Andrew’s, Eccles
  2. Maintain and develop close and effective links with local schools
  3. Oversee Youth ministry across the Team and line manage a youth worker when one is appointed.
  4. Review the experience of Messy Church and explore opportunities for other “Fresh Expressions” of church and alternative worship to engage families.
  5. Develop links with members of the Muslim community to promote community cohesion and to explore opportunities for evangelism



The Churchwardens and PCCs of Christ Church and St Andrew’s

The Team Council

The Deanery Chapter and Synod

The Staff at Church House


Part-Time Youth Worker (post currently vacant)

Reader, ALMs, OLM

Friday Café Organiser

Leaders & helpers of children’s ministry groups

Safeguarding Officers

Church School Headteachers

Playgroup & Toddler Group leaders

Care home owners & Wardens of sheltered housing

Funeral Directors


The Team Rector

The Area Dean

The Archdeacon

The Area Bishop

The Team Rector, Ross Garner took up his post in September 2017 and is looking for a full-time colleague to share with him in the development of the mission and ministry of the four parishes in the Team. The Team Vicar will be living in a modern 4 bedroom vicarage near to St Andrew’s, Eccles.

The benefice is a Team comprising the four distinct parishes of St Mary the Virgin Eccles (known as Eccles Parish Church to distinguish it from St Mary’s R.C. Church on the same street), St Paul’s Monton, Christ Church Patricroft and St Andrew’s Eccles. St Mary and St Paul’s are sharing a minister, the Team Rector, for the first time from September 2017. Previously, St Paul’s had a Team Vicar. St Andrew’s and Christ Church have been sharing the ministry of a Team Vicar for 10 years.

E = Essential D = Desirable

Spirituality and tradition

Applicants for the post should

  1. Be mature in their own faith and rooted in a discipline of prayer E
  2. Be able to work with people of differing traditions and be comfortable in leading formal and informal worship appropriate to the different types of service held in our churches E
  3. Be open to the work of the Holy Spirit and comfortable with Kingdom theology D
  4. Be an able communicator of the faith with a strong commitment to the authority of scripture E

Experience and understanding

Applicants should be able to demonstrate the following

  1. Experience of working in a team setting (even if not a formal team) D
  2. Have completed their IME years 4-7 training E
  3. Experience of working in schools E
  4. Experience and knowledge of healing ministry D
  5. Experience of living and working in an Urban Area D
  6. Understand what helps churches grow E
  7. Experience of outreach to Muslims D

Skills and competencies

Applicants should be able to show

  1. The ability to work collaboratively with lay and ordained leaders E
  2. The ability to lead people to a living faith in Jesus Christ E
  3. The ability to enable people to discover their calling and use their gifting E
  4. The ability to relate to and communicate well with children and their parents/carers both informally and in worship services E
  5. Competence and sensitivity in pastoral care for people of all ages E
  6. The ability to prepare and lead worship that is vibrant and fresh, enabling people to encounter God across the variety of traditions found within the team E
  7. An ability to organise your own time and other people E
  8. The ability to help churches engage with their community E

General attributes

  1. Mission-minded E
  2. Someone who enjoys offering hospitality and is able to have fun! D
  3. Able to demonstrate a willingness to engage in continuing ministerial development appropriate for this post E

The Team Rector, Ross Garner took up his post in September 2017 and is looking for a full-time colleague to share with him in the development of the mission and ministry of the four parishes in the Team. The Team Vicar will be living in a modern 4 bedroom vicarage near to St Andrew’s, Eccles.