Applications are invited for this combined post, which will be approximately 70% Director of Vocations and 30% Residentiary Canon, playing a key role in helping to relate the Cathedral to the wider Diocese.
Stipend: £27,340 per annum plus access to the Clergy Pension scheme. An excellent and modernised Georgian house on the Cathedral estate, with a walled garden will be provided.
Informal telephone conversations with George Colville, Diocesan Secretary, are welcome on 01928 718834 or Carolyn Bruce, Cathedral Executive Director on 01244 500978.
Applications should by preference be made to Mrs E A Geddes, Diocesan Director of Human Resources, Church House, 5500 Daresbury Park, Warrington, WA4 4GE or firstname.lastname@example.org using the diocesan application form. Details of the post can be found on the diocesan website here including our diocesan application form.
Closing date: Monday 1st July 2019
Interviews will be held on: Thursday 25th July 2019
The two roles are complementary to one another and promise good opportunity for symbiosis. The Diocesan responsibility seeks the development of vocations among lay and ordained, stipended and self-supporting ministers. The Cathedral provides a base where many people gravitate as volunteers, with and without a sense of Christian calling. Given such a large number of people who are exploring how their time can be used to the benefit of others and who are at a wide range of stages along faith’s journey, there is some significant overlap to be found in the fulfilment of these two key roles.
The Director of Vocations post is based at Church House, Daresbury, with some travel around the Diocese. The post-holder must be a driver and have access to a car. The Residentiary Canon role is based in the Cathedral and Cathedral office.
Full information about the post and the diocese is contained in the downloads below.
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 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 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.