Incumbent for Poynton Parish

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St George’s with St Martin’s. Two churches, four congregations, one family. A warm welcome to everyone….

Poynton Parish has at its heart the Word of God in which God has fully revealed Himself to mankind in Christ. Within its pages we hear the Good News of Jesus Christ, hope for all people.

Poynton Parish consists of 2 churches: St George’s and St Martin’s, both with well used “community” halls serving the church and local community. 4 congregations with a biblical focus and a strong tradition of expository preaching.

At St George’s there are two services 9.30am Holy Communion which is a quiet more traditional service with a range of worship styles from organ and choir to a small music group. 11.00am has a livelier contemporary feel. The Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion is a short, quiet and peaceful service with a monthly BCP.

St Martin’s have a weekly Sunday at 10.00am, with Holy Communion twice a month.

As Poynton Parish Church we would like to:

Reach out to the community and develop the existing work we are doing.

To establish more effective outreach opportunities.

To encourage and enable more people to identify and use their gifts.

To be a praying community.

The development of evangelistic opportunities at St Martin’s.

The Archdeacon of Macclesfield, The Venerable Ian Bishop is available for a conversation should you wish. Tel: 01928 718834 Ext 258/ 07715 102519 or email

Applications should by preference be made to the Archdeacon of Macclesfield using the diocesan application form. Details of the post can be found on the diocesan website including our diocesan application form.

Closing date: Sunday 9 February 2020

Interviews: Wednesday 11 March 2020

Poynton is a commuter township with a population of ~ 14,000, generally static and settled, situated in the North East corner of Cheshire, 11 miles southeast of Manchester, 7 miles north of Macclesfield and 5 miles south of Stockport. There is a good mix of retired and young families.

From the census of 2011, 98% of Poynton’s residents are white and 1.1% Asian. 75% recorded their religion as Christian. Over 95% of the population are home owners.

St George’s church, built is 1859 has a two-storey hall, built in 2001, with car parking stands adjacent to the church. Average attendance at regular services on a Sunday are 100 mainly adults at the 9.30am and 100 adults, and 45 children at the 11.00am. St Martin’s church, built in 1965, has an average attendance of 25 adults.

There are currently fifteen home groups whose focus is bible study based on the Sunday sermon series, prayer, worship, fellowship and pastoral support.

10% of previous year’s income is given to Mission Overseas. We support a church plant in Crewe.

There is a thriving youth and children’s’ ministry as well as retired lunches and a Dementiasupportgroup.

  • Preach and teach the Word of God seeing their primary calling being the ministry of the Word, with the cross of Christ central to their theology.
  • Manage and lead a large staff team
  • Mobilise and enable others to serve Christ as they use their gifts.

Heart for Outreach and Evangelism

  • Proven track record of effective leadership in another Parish or evidence of strong people management skills.
  • A good expository preacher and teacher with the proven ability to handle the Word of God effectively.
  • Generous view of others and a servant-hearted leader
  • Supportive of men and women’s ministry both lay and ordained
  • Develop ministry amongst older members
  • Heart for youth
  • Lead by example

For more information about this application process, please use this link

The Diocese of Chester is in the province of York in the Church of England, part of the global Anglican Communion. For more information about our life, ministry and work please visit our website We are linked with the Anglican Church of Melanesia in the Solomon Islands and the Dioceses of Aru and Boga in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Diocese covers an area of 1025 square miles, approximately the old Victorian County of Chester, including parts which subsequently became absorbed into Merseyside and Greater Manchester. The Rivers Mersey and Tame approximately delineate the boundary with Liverpool and Manchester. There are areas of dense urban population, mainly in the north, stretching from Birkenhead to East Manchester. There are prosperous suburban regions of West and South Wirral, Chester and south of Manchester, with a mainly rural heartland, bounded by the Derbyshire Pennines and the Welsh Border. The overall population is around 1.6 million.

The position of Diocesan Bishop is currently vacant and the Bishop of Birkenhead is Keith Sinclair currently acting Diocesan Bishop, the position of Bishop of Stockport is also currently vacant.

The Cathedral for the Diocese is in Chester.

The Diocese is divided into two archdeaconries: Chester covering the western half and Macclesfield the eastern, each with nine deaneries. There are 273 parishes, about 100 of which can be described as rural. Compared with many dioceses, there are few teams, and few multi-parish benefices. There are approximately 231 stipendiary clergy. The ministry of Readers and Pastoral Workers is important, with over 400 licensed. The role of self-supporting ministers is increasing, with over 80 in post at present.

Roughly speaking, the Archdeaconry of Macclesfield covers that part of the diocese to the east of the M6, plus the area around Crewe and Nantwich. The Archdeaconry of Chester covers the rest of the diocese to the west of the M6. Each archdeaconry has a broad mix of urban and rural parishes. The Archdeacon of Chester lives in Chester, and the Archdeacon of Macclesfield lives in Congleton. Both now work from Church House, Daresbury.