Pioneering Priest (Interim) – Up Holland Team and Dalton St Michael

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Up Holland


The churches in the Up Holland Team and Dalton St Michael and All Angels have been working together to find ways to reach the unchurched and de-churched in parts of the East and South of Skelmersdale. Led by The Revd Paul Lock they are coming together as a single Benefice and are looking for a gifted pioneer priest – initially for three years – to lead them in that work.

Skelmersdale is a 1960’s new town development in West Lancashire. As a result it faces many of the challenges of these communities with a great deal of economic and social deprivation. The priest will have the use of a 1982 built house located in Dalton.

Closing Date: 5th January 2020
Interviews: 21st January 2020

Post introduction

The three churches enjoy traditional forms of worship in a liberal catholic tradition which is still valued and will be supported. However, rooted in a passion to reach those with little connection with church, the PCC are determined to support someone who can help them embrace the changes they wish to make. They want to enable a pioneer to use contacts the churches already have to help them move forward. They also want someone who can teach them about planting and nurturing worshipping communities as they seek someone who can develop and lead new leaders to establish activities and communities in socially and economically deprived areas.

Up Holland St Thomas the Martyr Parish has a population of 42,000. The church is a Grade 1 listed building undergoing reordering to make ample space for community activities. The community has a mix of social housing and privately owned stock. The church has a team of 4 licensed readers. There are good school links and a range of activities and events. Christ the Servant, Digmoor has a small congregation but has good school links and a Church Lads and Girls Brigade. The building has proved challenging and decisions are being made about the building’s sustainability. St Michael’s Dalton is popular for weddings and baptisms as well as having a range of weekly activities and events.

Skelmersdale is ideally located close to both the M58 and M6 which links easily to Liverpool, the Lakes, Wales and the North West.

Main responsibilities

These churches are looking for a priest who will:

  • pray and discern God’s vision for pioneering and planting in this area
  • find ways to get involved in the local community through getting to know, understand and love the local population
  • scope out a strategic plan
  • nurture the faith of existing disciples
  • help establish new worshipping communities
  • support the diocesan strategy seeking opportunities to build a bigger church to make a bigger difference.

Our ideal candidate

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • strong leadership skills
  • a strong desire to be part of a team
  • a rich understanding of different traditions and a desire to work within them
  • a great sense of humour
  • humility and self-awareness
  • a God centred, Bible based, Spirit filled approach.

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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
10,000 disciples

to help us do this we are calling every worshipping Christian in our diocese to:

  • sign up to the Bishop of Liverpool’s rule of life which will encourage and support us to Read, Learn, Pray, Give, Serve, Tell
  • bring 1 friend into the regular worshipping and serving life of the church (bring one friend)
  • do 10 acts of service or find 10 new points of connection beyond the walls of the church (do ten things).