Vicar of St Paul's Norden with St James' Ashworth and St Michael's Bamford

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Vicar of St Paul's Norden with St James' Ashworth and St Michael's Bamford

The PCCs are looking for someone with energy and vision and who is committed to helping them grow spiritually.

S/he will

  • be a team player, able to work collaboratively and delegate effectively
  • be able to inspire the congregation to be fully involved in mission
  • be at home using Common Worship and BCP, as well as willing to try new styles of worship
  • be able to encourage and nurture young families and be experienced in schools work

1. Details of Post

Role Title: Incumbent

Name of benefice: Norden, Ashworth and Bamford

Deanery: Rochdale

Archdeaconry: Rochdale

Initial point of contact on Terms of Service: The Acting Archdeacon of Rochdale

2. 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 be a visible Christian presence, engaging in the life of the community
  2. To encourage young families to participate more fully in the life of the church and develop further links with local schools
  3. To explore new ways of worshipping, whilst continuing to offer traditional forms of worship
  4. To explore ways of making Setting God’s People Free a reality in the benefice
  5. To work with ecumenical partners in the area
  6. To support and encourage Inclusive Church and Eco-church

3. Key contacts


The churchwardens and PCCs of the Benefice

The Deanery Chapter, Synod and Mission and Pastoral Committee

The Staff at Church House


ALM team

St Michael’s CofE Primary School

Norden Community School

Whittaker Moss Primary School

Caldershaw Primary School

Uniformed Organizations

Churches Together


The Area Dean The Reverend Canon Karen Smeeton

The Archdeacon The Venerable David Sharples

The Suffragan Bishop The Right Reverend Mark Davies

  1. Role context and any other relevant information

Rochdale is a Deanery in the midst of significant change. The Diocese of Manchester has put in a bid for Strategic Development Funding and many of the interventions aimed at increasing numbers in church are aimed at Rochdale. This means the deanery as a whole will need to learn to work with new colleagues outside the traditional parish structure, but firmly rooted within the life of the deanery. Add to this the proposed restructuring of the Diocese – from 20 deaneries to 7 – and this means that flexibility and an ability to work collaboratively in mission clusters, which may be fluid in form for some time, are essential for any applicant wishing to serve in the Deanery of Rochdale.

Spirituality and Tradition

Applicants for the post should be:

  1. a person rooted in prayer
  2. at home using Common Worship and BCP, as well as willing to try new styles of worship
  3. keen to develop pastoral care within the benefice
  4. enthusiastic about preaching the Word and inspiring us in mission and spiritual growth
  5. willing and able to support and encourage Inclusive Church
  6. committed to the 5th Mark of Mission

Experience and Understanding

Applicants should be able to demonstrate the following:

  1. experience of working collaboratively with others, lay and ordained
  2. a commitment to discerning and encouraging ministries in others
  3. experience of and a passion for working with children, young people, families and schools
  4. experience of Mission Action Planning
  5. a willingness to work ecumenically

Skills and competencies

Applicants should be able to show:

  1. excellent communication skills across a range of media with an ability to relate to people of all ages
  2. evidence of good organizational skills
  3. a willingness and ability to delegate
  4. proven skills in building, leading and managing teams
  5. an ability to work effectively with schools

General Attributes

Applicants should be:

  1. approachable and encouraging
  2. prepared to be a visible and active part of church and community life
  3. able to inspire others and take them with him/her
  4. an enthusiastic ‘people person’ with a sense of humour



The Diocese of Manchester extends over most of Greater Manchester and Rossendale and is characterised by its extraordinary diversity of communities and cultures. The vibrancy that this gives to life makes it a joyful and hopeful place to pursue God’s mission. The overall vison of the Diocese is to establish

‘a worshipping, growing and transformative Christian presence at the heart of every community’

and we firmly believe there is an opportunity to do so at this point on our journey of faith.

We have a specific missionary vision, values and goals:

  • Our Values

Faith, Hope and Love

  • Our Inspiration

We run with perseverance the race that is set before us… with our eyes fixed on Jesus

  • Our Mission Goals – to be a Church which is

  • Growing
    • growing new disciples in missionary church communities which are younger, more diverse, active and spiritually engaged
  • Nurturing
    • increasing vocations, nurturing new and existing disciples, increasing financial giving
  • Serving
    • present for all, speaking and acting prophetically for justice, supporting pastorally especially the vulnerable, deprived and excluded

Guided by this vision, the Diocese is engaged on a process of strategic planning for the future, led by a ‘Strategic Programme Board’ that includes the three bishops and others with specific gifts in this area.

The Bishop has the resolve to appoint in this Diocese only clergy who have a clear sense of calling to the particular post and are committed, under God, to the Diocesan vision, and its values, inspiration and goals. We believe that mission and ministry are properly undertaken collaboratively, working with neighbouring parishes, specialist and sector ministries, and ecumenical and wider community partners. Clergy will be expected to work collegially with other ordained ministers and lay people to encourage and sustain the wider mission and ministry of the church. Clergy and parishes are strongly encouraged to undertake a process of ‘Mission Action Planning’.

Clergy are expected to encourage and enable the gifts and ministries of all God’s people and especially to help individuals explore any possible call to ordination (including Ordained Local Ministry), Reader Ministry or Authorised Lay Ministry.

Education is a major factor in the life of the diocese and its mission to young people. There are 192 church schools and a growing number of academies. Unless there is very good reason, where there is a Church School in the parish the minister of that parish is expected to carry out conscientiously the role of ex officio Governor, as part of a wider ministry in the school, although in the case of benefices with several schools no member of the clergy should act as Governor of more than two schools.

We are committed to promoting the well-being of clergy, and in a 2015 survey 91.6% of all the clergy who responded either strongly agreed or agreed with the statement, ‘I enjoy ministry in the Diocese of Manchester’.

It is normal for a priest to have a ministerial interest wider than the benefice itself that takes something in the region of 10% of their working time.

Except where required under the terms of the Priests (Ordination of Women) Measure 1993 or the House of Bishops Declaration on the Ministry of Bishops and Priests 2014 we are committed to ensuring that the Diocese does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of criteria unrelated to their ability to function as a priest in the benefice.

All ministerial appointments in the Diocese are subject to enhanced DBS Disclosure and we are obliged under the requirements of the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 to request documentation which will satisfy its requirements of proof of eligibility to work in the UK.


The benefice lies at the eastern side of the Deanery of Rochdale as it is now and would be in the north-east if the Deanery of Rochdale if the proposed restructuring happens (see below). It ranges from rural to sub-urban.

Rochdale is a diverse deanery with a significant and growing Muslim community in the town. There is a wide range of church traditions within the deanery, with one parish, (St Mary’s Balderstone) looking to the Bishop of Maidstone for episcopal oversight. There 20 parishes in the deanery and 7 fulltime stipendiary priests in post, with 2 more leaving office in early 2020. They serve alongside other ordained and Authorised Lay Ministers.

The diocese is working towards a radical restructuring in order to harness most effectively the resources we have for mission. The proposal is that there will be 7 rather than 20 deaneries and that Rochdale will be brought together with the Heywood and Middleton deanery. Full time Area Deans will oversee mission units/clusters that will involve parishes working together, served by a range of stipendiary, self-supporting and lay ministers. An extensive consultation process is due to begin on November 1st and end in February. The challenge is great, but we are excited at what God is doing amongst us and where God is leading us. We are a church in transition, committed to delivering the radical changes that are required to grow the Church of the future.