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.
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.
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
Experience and understanding
Applicants should be able to demonstrate the following:
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)
Applicants should be
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.