Ecumenical Minister

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This is a very exciting opportunity to lead the local church in a new phase of its life in the village of Kelsall near Chester.

Potential applicants are welcome to contact the Archdeacon of Chester Venerable Michael Gilbertson 01928 718834 ext 258 or

Applications should by preference be made to the Archdeacon using the diocesan application form, by 3 July 2019. Details of the post can be found on the diocesan website here including our diocesan application form.

Interviews will be held on 18 July 2019

Alternatively applicants may use the Pathways system. For more information about the Pathways application process, please use this link

St Philip’s Anglican Church and Kelsall Methodist Church have been sharing together increasingly in mission and ministry, with a shared vision for the community and a covenant agreement between them. Both congregations are deeply committed to outreach and to working collaboratively with each other. Previously, St Philip’s has been a part-time appointment, and Kelsall Methodist Church has shared a minister within the local circuit. Now, we are seeking to appoint a full-time minister to have oversight of both congregations.

At this point, we are looking to appoint an Anglican priest, who will live in St Philip’s Vicarage. They will also be authorised by the Methodist Church. The appointment will be made jointly by the two denominations, and funded 0.75 by St Philip’s and 0.25 by the Methodist Circuit.

Grow the congregation, including engaging with young families, whilst continuing to deal sympathetically with the varying needs of the existing congregation and build upon existing links and develop new connections with groups and organisations in the community.

Lead the exciting development of bringing together the Anglican and Methodist fellowships.

Continue and develop the pattern of worship across two churches, including special (sometimes joint) services, using a variety of service and worship styles whilst being sensitive to the different cultures and needs of both. 

Develop and encourage children’s and youth work, supporting, motivating and empowering the leaders. 

Provide a spiritual lead and preach with enthusiasm, clarity and contemporary relevance.

Build upon current practises of prayer and support, encourage, nurture and motivate the lay teams. 

Sponsor the St Philip’s building modernisation project and fundraising programme.

Engage with, support and promote the annual stewardship programmes. 

Encourage and nurture a lively music and choir culture.

Someone who is ecumenically minded, preferably with some experience of Methodism and is comfortable working in a village community. The person appointed would need to be a good communicator and able to connect with all age groups.They would also need to have good leadership skills, whilst having the ability to be a team player.

For more information about this application process, please use this link

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.