The parishes of St Thomas with St Luke Ashton, Holy Trinity Ashton in Makerfield, St Aidan Billinge and St Peter Bryn are coming together as one parish (Hub) – Wigan South – in a new benefice. This has followed an extensive period of consultation regarding the future of church in Wigan as together they seek to enable one in ten people in Wigan to be on a discipleship journey by 2022.
They are seeking an Associate Hub Leader to help bring the four parishes together to serve the local community and lead them forward into a vibrant future. The Hub’s purpose is to resource lay led worship communities through refreshing existing, and planting new, communities.
Closing Date: 24th November 2019
Interviews: 9th December 2019
They are part of a wider movement, Church Wigan, which is seeking to transform the way we approach being worshipping communities in the 21st Century. Church Wigan came out of a Church Commissioners Strategic Development Fund bid with significant money given to explore different ideas. Our overall aim is to create a new form of team ministry that enables a focus on mission and planting new congregations.
The hub will be led by two clergy - the Hub Leader and the Associate Hub Leader who are part of a wider leadership team. This team supports the parish PCC and is accountable to the wider Church Wigan Leadership Team.
Wigan has good bus, train and road links to local towns, and to both Liverpool and Manchester. It is close to the motorway, with the Lake District, North Wales and the Peak District each just over an hour away.
The hub is looking for a priest who will:
Our ideal candidate
Our ideal candidate will have:
For more information about this application process, please use this link.
About the Diocese of Liverpool
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
to help us do this we are calling every worshipping Christian in our diocese to