Incumbent for Shocklach and Tilston

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We are seeking an energetic and mission-focused priest to lead these two parishes in a beautiful part of rural Cheshire. The successful applicant will be an excellent communicator, able to engage with people of all generations and backgrounds. They will be committed to fostering mission and ministry in the local community, including with the local schools. The parishes are of central tradition.

This is a part-time post. A good modern parsonage is provided in the village of Tilston, plus 50% of a stipend. The post-holder is expected to offer Sunday duties plus 3½ days per week.

In the light of potential future pastoral re-organization in the area, the post comes under Regulation 29 of the Ecclesiastical Offices (Terms of Service) Regulations, and will run for an initial period of three years, renewable at that point.

Closing date for applications: Friday 16 August

Interviews: Saturday 5 October

Prospective applicants are welcome to discuss the post with:

The Ven Dr Michael Gilbertson

Archdeacon of Chester

01928 718834 ext 258

Our Next Incumbent
“Flexible to appeal to as wide an expression of faith as possible.”
Able to respond to the change in demographic that we are travelling through. Will need the ability to encourage younger residents to continue the church traditions whilst continuing to work with older parishioners who have attended for decades. • A person who has a strong knowledge of scripture and is an excellent communicator • A person of faith who can engage with people of all generations and backgrounds both within and outside the church • A person who would actively foster the sense of community that we have in our village • A good listener who empathises with all ages. • Desire to strengthen the links with the local school and work closely with The Head • Appreciative of the value of music in enhancing worship and drawing people into church. • Someone who will work closely with the ministry team providing pastoral care. • Maintain and build on our community links • Who would actively foster the sense of community that we have in our village and encourage new arrivals to increase their involvement. • A person to look beyond the church community to help and serve non-believers • A can-do positive attitude e.g. glass half full. • Someone who can challenge intellectually at times and in a child friendly way at others.

The incumbency will be part time with a total of 55% full time equivalent, shared as 40% Tilston and 15% Shocklach.

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The Diocese of Chester is in the province of York in the Church of England, part of the global Anglican Communion. For more information about our life, ministry and work please visit our website 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 covers an area of 1025 square miles, approximately the old Victorian County of Chester, including parts which subsequently became absorbed into Merseyside and Greater Manchester. The Rivers Mersey and Tame approximately delineate the boundary with Liverpool and Manchester. There are areas of dense urban population, mainly in the north, stretching from Birkenhead to East Manchester. There are prosperous suburban regions of West and South Wirral, Chester and south of Manchester, with a mainly rural heartland, bounded by the Derbyshire Pennines and the Welsh Border. The overall population is around 1.6 million.

The diocesan bishop is Peter Forster. He is supported by two suffragan bishops: the Bishop of Birkenhead is Keith Sinclair and the position of Bishop of Stockport is currently vacant.

The Cathedral for the Diocese is in Chester.

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.

Roughly speaking, the Archdeaconry of Macclesfield covers that part of the diocese to the east of the M6, plus the area around Crewe and Nantwich. The Archdeaconry of Chester covers the rest of the diocese to the west of the M6. Each archdeaconry has a broad mix of urban and rural parishes. The Archdeacon of Chester lives in Chester, and the Archdeacon of Macclesfield lives in Congleton. Both now work from Church House, Daresbury.