Vicar, St Mary, Droylsden and Assistant Curate, St Stephen, Audenshaw

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Droylsden & Audenshaw

Vicar of St Mary Droylsden & Assistant Curate of St Stephens, Audenshaw


Closing date:   15th November 2019

Interview date:  28th November 2019

For further information contact the Archdeacon of Rochdale:


Tel:  0161 678 1454

DBS enhanced disclosure is required

The PCC are looking for a person with vision who is a confident and inspirational team player to lead them in mission and growth.

She/he will

  • be a person of prayer with a heart for mission
  • have proven skills in building, leading and managing effective teams of lay and ordained ministers
  • be someone with experience of developing community initiatives
  • have gifts in relation to and engaging with children and young families
  • have experience in fostering a culture of good stewardship

The post holder will take on responsibility for St Stephen's Audenshaw when the present incumbent retires in 2021 and is expected to work with him in the meantime to ensure a smooth transition.

  1. Role Purpose


  1. To exercise the cure of souls shared with the bishop in this parish in collaboration with your colleagues
  2. To have regard to the calling and responsibilities of the clergy as described in the Canons, the Ordinal, the Code of Professional Conduct for the Clergy and other relevant legislation.
  3. To work to advance the Kingdom of God through servant leadership, collaboration and example, and with particular regard to the current diocesan mission priorities
    1. for growing churches
    2. for increasing giving
    3. for serving the wider community
    4. for nurturing vocations
  4. To share in the wider work of the deanery and diocese as appropriate, for the building up of the whole Body of Christ


  1. To lead the PCC/congregation in their planning for mission
  2. To develop and sustain a shared leadership for the parish
  3. To discern and encourage vocations to lay and ordained ministries
  4. To nurture and encourage ‘whole life discipleship’ amongst all church members
  5. To ensure good stewardship in its widest sense
  6. To strengthen links with the schools and local community
  7. To lead the work with St Stephen’s Audenshaw to prepare both churches for the time when they become a united benefice

        3.  Key contacts


            The churchwardens and PCCs of the Benefice

            The Deanery Chapter, Synod and Mission and Pastoral Committee

            The Staff at Church House


St Mary’s C of E School


The Area Dean                     Revd. Roger Dixon

The Archdeacon                  Ven. Cherry Vann (until December 2019)

The Suffragan Bishop        Right Revd, Mark Davies

4.   Role context and any other relevant information

There is an expectation that the new parish priest will also become parish priest at St Stephen’s Audenshaw when the present vicar there retires (probably Easter 2021) Care will need to be taken to ensure that both churches are actively involved in working towards this from the outset of the appointment. In line with diocesan strategy, discussions have also taken place around a future Mission Unit/Cluster whereby St Mary’s and St Stephen’s would join with the other churches in Droylsden and Audenshaw, plus those in  Denton and Haughton and be served by a team of stipendiary, self-supporting and lay ministers. The exact details around this have yet to be confirmed.


Spirituality and Tradition

Applicants for the post should be

  1. a person of prayer; open to the Holy Spirit
  2. a priest with a heart for mission
  3. creative and open to exploring new styles of worship
  4. a bible based preacher

Experience and understanding

Applicants should be able to demonstrate the following:

  1. experience of working collaboratively with other ordained and accredited  lay ministers

b) experience of developing community initiatives

c) experience of Mission Action Planning

d) an ability to discern and encourage the ministries of others

e) experience of working effectively with schools

f)  an understanding of how to develop a culture of good stewardship

Skills and competencies

Applicants should be able to show:
            a) proven skills in building, leading and managing effective teams (E)

            b) excellent communication skills with all age groups (E)

c) an ability and a willingness to delegate (E)

d) an ability to relate to and engage with children and young families (E)

General Attributes

Applicants should be

  1. a confident and inspirational team player

b)  a person of vision who can bring people with them

            c)  an encourager

            d)  someone with a sense of humour

            e)  secure in themselves


The church of St Mary’s lies in the centre of the present deanery and is one of three Anglican churches serving the town of Droylsden. St Stephen’s lies to the south and shares a border with St Mary’s.

Ashton is a diverse deanery with a significant and growing Muslim community in the town of Ashton as well as an increasing number of people from Eastern Europe. There is a wide range of church traditions within the deanery, with one, (St Hilda’s Audenshaw) looking to the Bishop of Beverley for episcopal oversight. The 15 parishes in the deanery are served at present by 11.5 FTE stipendiary priests alongside other ordained and authorised lay ministers.