Associate Vicar, Upton St Mary

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Upton, Wirral

We are seeking to appoint a full-time Associate Vicar to Upton St Mary (Overchurch)


Closing date for applications: Friday 25th October 2019.


Interviews will take place Friday 8th November 2019


Application forms and further information available from:


For an informal conversation contact the vicar, Revd Nikki Eastwood: email


Please return completed application forms to:

The Wardens, St Mary’s Church Office, 2 Church Road, Upton, Wirral, Merseyside CH49 6JZ. Tel: 0151 677 1186


Please visit St Mary’s website -



St Mary’s, Upton (Overchurch) is based in Wirral North Deanery, Chester Diocese


St Mary’s is a lively, local evangelical church, and one of the top 200 churches in the country with our attendance figures. We are looking to grow especially in our children and young adults’ ministry and attendance.  We are missionally ambitious, looking to grow our younger age profile and go deeper with God through Word and Spirit. We have a dynamic staff and lay team and committed lay leadership. We have a deep and rich tradition of outreach. We seek to equip to share faith in new and creative ways. We have a strong tradition of teaching and discipleship, outreach and sending out to live for Jesus, sustained and empowered by the Spirit. This is a great post for someone looking to share faith, prioritise mission and be freed up from responsibilities of incumbency.


We are seeking someone who has:

A heart for people who don’t yet know Jesus

A particular focus on people aged 18 – 40

A desire to be released to focus on mission, evangelism and discipleship

The Associate will:


  • Be released to develop discipleship and outreach, helping to lead a large staff team and team of volunteers.
  • Build upon a strong foundation of Bible teaching and preaching and communicating to a wide variety of groups and four + congregations Sunday by Sunday
  • Take a lead and visible role in leading outreach and evangelism, especially to people aged 18 - 40
  • Be part of our staff team and part of the chaplaincy team in Woodchurch C of E High School
  • Pioneer new ways to grow disciples in faith, especially with adults, linking with our 0-18s work and with a particular responsibility for young adults and families
  • Work with the Vicar in developing discipleship and teaching resources
  • Work alongside the clergy team taking a lead in occasional offices and follow-up
  • Work alongside the vicar taking care of a large pastoral responsibility, working with a good staff team and volunteers
  • Play a full part in deanery and diocesan life

The person appointed will be:

  • Ready to commit themselves fully to the vision of St Mary’s Church
  • Rooted in the evangelical tradition with a love of scripture, and a heart of share Jesus, empowered by His Spirit
  • Looking to share faith in creative and innovative ways
  • Courageous, compassionate, and wholehearted in serving and living for God, mature in their relationship with Jesus, and confident in sharing their faith in Him
  • Collaborative in working with a staff team and someone who loves people
  • Resilient, walking with humility, integrity and closely with God, shaped by a life of prayer
  • Whole hearted in working for people to come to faith in Jesus and grow as disciples
  • Ordained Anglican and qualified with a recognised theological and ministry qualification
  • Familiar with organisational structures and able to think strategically
  • A good communicator

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.