Archdeacon of St Helens and Warrington

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St Helens
£36,102 pa

The Archdeacon of St Helens of Warrington is one of four Archdeacons in the Diocese of Liverpool. Working together, alongside senior staff, laity and clergy in their area, they are to be leaders in mission and enablers of change within the community of the church. They are to ensure that effective, growing, sustainable, accountable, mission-focused church communities are the hallmark of the Diocese and that each Archdeaconry works as a strategic and coherent unit for God’s mission.

In this Diocese of Liverpool we are asking God for a bigger church to make a bigger difference, and we say: more people knowing Jesus, more justice in the world. This is our settled and agreed aim in this season of our life together. If you were to join us here it would be because you are committed to this aim and to the various ways by which we are seeking to bring it about.

Closing Date: 10am on 23rd September 2019
Interview Date: Tuesday 1st October 2019

Candidates who are invited to interview will be asked to reflect on how they would support the delivery of our vision. We won't be asking for a visual presentation.

In the Archdeaconry of St Helens and Warrington there will be a particular responsibility for the robust and flourishing renewal of the local church through the Transform North West project. Supported by the national church’s Strategic Development Fund, this is a creative, ambitious and integrated approach to church resourcing.

Our Archdeacons are a key part of a wider team that provides strategic oversight for the delivery of our growth agenda. Working alongside our well-respected senior staff and support teams in St James House, this team shares in the ministry of the Bishops and in the leadership of the Diocese. Its work is focused in our Diocesan Oversight Team. Chaired by the Dean this group includes our Diocesan and Assistant Diocesan Secretary and Directors of our key portfolios including Leadership, Finance and Education.

We seek a priest of at least six years' standing who will:

  • be prayerful, resilient, imaginative, and hopeful for the future of Christ's Church 
  • build supportive, nurturing and stretching pastoral relationships
  • use the Archdeacon's role to grow our churches and transform our communities
  • imagine and lead structural and cultural change
  • work to get the best appointments across the Archdeaconry
  • nurture and release disciples and leaders as we follow our rule of life.

Our ideal candidate will be:

  • joyful, trusting that God is sovereign and that the Church is in God’s hands
  • confident in the people and resources God has given us
  • capable, with proper support, of modelling a good and healthy work/life balance
  • passionate for a bigger church to make a bigger difference
  • willing to take risks, try new approaches, break with old paths
  • resilient – able to persist against resistance, able to ‘try, try again’

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For many years we have been working to achieve growth in our diocese. We have used different ways to express this but the aim and direction of travel has remained the same – consistent with the whole of the Church of England. When Bishop Paul was installed he adopted our growth agenda refreshing it by saying ‘we are asking God for a bigger church so we can make a bigger difference; more people knowing Jesus more justice in the world’

This is how we express our mission.

We think we will achieve this mission if we have:

100 new congregations
1,000 new leaders
10,000 disciples.

To help us do this we are calling every worshipping Christian in our diocese to:

  • sign up to the Bishop of Liverpool’s rule of life which will encourage and support us to Read, Learn, Pray, Give, Serve, Tell
  • bring 1 friend into the regular worshipping and serving life of the church (bring one friend)
  • do 10 acts of service or find 10 new points of connection beyond the walls of the church (do ten things).