Interim Minister: 3 Year Post. Radcliffe Team: St Mary’s, St Thomas and St John’s, with St Phillip's, Radcliffe.

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Interim Minister: 3 Year Post.

Radcliffe Team: St Mary’s, St Thomas and St John’s, with St Phillips, Radcliffe.

Closing Date: 6th November 2019

Interview Date: 22nd November 2019

For further information, contact the Archdeacon of Bolton:


Tel. 0161 761 6117

An enhanced DBS is required

St Mary’s, St Thomas and St John’s with St Phillips are looking forward to beginning a new phase of their journey together. We are seeking an experienced priest to be our Interim Minister who will help us coordinate, cooperate and work more effectively together to share God’s message of hope not just within the Churches but helping us to increasingly look outward towards the wider community of Radcliffe. The Interim Minister will also play a vital role within the Deanery as we consider the wider Deanery Plan and the developing of larger Missional Partnerships.

This post comes with a stipend and housing.

We are seeking an Interim Minister who is:

  • An ordained minister in the Church of England having served at least one incumbency/interim post.
  • Able to develop leadership both lay and ordained.
  • Gifted in making disciples and enabling us to do the same.
  • Is creative and collaborative, who will enable new and exciting ways of being Church in the neighbourhood.
  • Able to work strategically and has experience of change management.

To provide interim leadership within the Radcliffe Team of St Mary’s, St Thomas and St John’s and St Phillip's to enable the benefice to equip itself more effectively for mission, prepare the way for a future pattern of ministry and determine the kind of minister required in the long term.

To work with the Area Dean and other clergy colleagues to explore the development of a larger Mission Unit within the Radcliffe Area. With the aim to ensure the long term viability of the Church within the local area.

She/he will provide good leadership that will include developing good relationships with the churchwardens and clergy of the parishes and working collaboratively with them to identify corporate mission objectives and collaborative ways of working together.

To undertake a strategic review of the building requirements of the benefice and ensure buildings are fit for purpose as a resource for mission. (The significant problems at St Mary’s will continue to be the responsibility of the Church Wardens – assisted when necessary by the Interim Minister.)

To assist the benefice toward a firm, sustainable financial footing so that it can meet all its obligations in full, including payment to the Common Fund.

By its nature the role will change and vary therefore a flexible approach will be required.

He/she will help the team to

  • come to terms with the past, lose old fears and find new hopes
  • discover a fresh identity
  • consider its future witness, mission and ministry
  • reassess its resources, needs and priorities
  • see where and how it needs to change, and work through the inevitable transition
  • make plans for the future
  • prepare for the next chapter of its life

She/he will be able to demonstrate

  • Evidence of good pastoral skills
  • Problem solving skills with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Creative thinking
  • Experience and ability to pioneer new ways of mission and releasing others to do the same

As part of the “Fit for Mission,” strategy, the Diocese encourages a flexible model of working within Deaneries, in which parishes and other expressions of church are organised for mission in a variety of ‘units’ appropriate to their context and circumstances, with an emphasis on PARTNERSHIP. As part of this process Radcliffe and Prestwich Deanery is in the process of reflecting on how we can do things differently moving into the future.

The Deanery of Radcliffe and Prestwich is currently in the process of developing a new Deanery Mission Action Plan which will take into account individual Parish Mission Action Plans, but will also include a review of our resources; in particular, the deployment of clergy, readers and authorised ministers and our buildings.

The parishes of the Radcliffe Team are looking for someone who will enable them to become a proper functioning Missional Partnership and to enable them to creatively and imaginatively work together.

As the Radcliffe Team we are looking to be able to increasingly help the churches to work together with an Upward focus; God centred. Inward focus; developing and releasing all member ministry and an Outward focus; with a realisation of the great opportunities and great needs of the area and willing to push the churches to be mindful of both the great commandment and the great commission as imperatives, in order to ensure that we have a worshipping, growing and transformative Christian presence at the heart of every community.

The Interim Minister will also be expected to play a part in the wider Deanery development, which may include a larger Missional Partnership with neighbouring Churches. It is an exciting time to be joining The Radcliffe and Prestwich Deanery and the Diocese of Manchester.