Team Rector

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We are seeking a Team Rector who can offer strong, visionary and energetic leadership for the emerging new Team of four churches. The new priest will develop our collaborative approach to mission and ministry, both with the Team Vicar, reader and ALMs and the wider congregation in the spirit of ‘Setting God’s People free’. We wish to appoint a Team Rector who is deeply pastoral and can preach with insight and understanding. Schools ministry is a vital part of our outreach.

The Team uses Common Worship, though St Mark’s have adopted CW in traditional language along with the Book of Common Prayer (used at Choral Evensong with robed choir).

We are committed to growing spiritually and numerically, in depth of discipleship and in service to our local communities.

The closing date for applications is 7th February 2020

The date of interview will be 21st February 2020

Role Description: Team Rector, Worsley Team

Diocese of Manchester

Role Description signed off by:  The Archdeacon of Salford  

Date:  09.01.2020

To be reviewed 6 months after commencement of the appointment, and after three years

  1. Details of Post

Role Title:                  Team Rector                                    

Name of benefice:   The Worsley Team                          

Deanery:                    Eccles                       

Archdeaconry:          Salford                                              

Initial point of contact on Terms of Service:        The Archdeacon of Salford

  1. 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


  • To provide strategic leadership and vision for the Team
  • To embrace, lead and guide on the diocesan Ten Year Strategy and embed it into the mission of the Team.   
  • To draw up a stretching but achievable MAP for the team based on the diocesan Ten year Strategy. To offer strategic leadership across the Mission Partnership
  • To develop greater congregational collaboration between the Rector, Team Vicar, Reader and ALMs and across the Team
  • To develop opportunities to nurture and deepen faith and spirituality
  • To engage effectively with local community leaders and organisations, to be a visible presence and creatively develop links and outreach strategies in the local communities so that the church becomes a sign of God’s love to all. 
  • To maintain and develop close and effective links with local schools
  • To manage the transitional and legal process of embracing Holy Rood parish into the Worsley team, following the imminent retirement of the House for Duty priest and be dedicated to develop our mission and practice as we move to a team of four congregations.

       3.   Key contacts


The PCC and DCCs

The Team Council

The Deanery Chapter, Synod and Mission and Pastoral Committee

Priest-in-Charge, PCC and officers of Holy Rood, Swinton

The Staff at Church House


Head teachers of local schools

Local councillors

Clergy Leaders in Worsley, Ellenbrook and Boothstown

Members of Churches Together in Worsley


The Area Dean

The Archdeacon

The Suffragan Bishop

4.   Role context and any other relevant information

      The Worsley Team and Holy Rood Swinton established a Mission Partnership in and                  recently it has begun to work towards deeper integration, by enlarging the Team. They are        united in their desire to promote mission, deepen the spirituality and discipleship of the              laity and strengthen collaborative working among the congregations. The Team recognises       the need to encourage more vocations and pay its Share in full.  



Person Specification for the Team Rector of The Worsley Team

See Role description

E = Essential

D = Desirable

Spirituality and tradition

Applicants for the post should

  1. Be mature in their own faith and rooted in a discipline of prayer  E
  2. Be able to work with a variety of traditions including traditional, contemporary and more informal and experimental worship D
  3. Be able to work with other denominations  D
  4. Be an able communicator of the faith  E

Experience and understanding

Applicants should be able to demonstrate the following

  1. Experience in parochial ministry at incumbent status or equivalent E
  2. Experience of working in a team setting (even if not a formal team) D
  3. An understanding of  ways of working ecumenically D
  4. Knowledge of how voluntary organisations work effectively D

Skills and competencies

Applicants should be able to show

  1. Proven skills in leadership  E
  2. The ability to help churches grow  E
  3. The ability to see congregations increase their giving  E
  4. The ability to help churches engage with their community D
  5. Pastoral care for people of all ages  E
  6. An ability to organise your own time and other people  E
  7. Familiarity with fund raising  or revenue generation D
  8. Be an effective administrator; an ability to delegate appropriately E

General attributes

  1. A strategic thinker   E
  2. A person with good people skills  E
  3. A team player E

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

Team Rector of the Worsley Team




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 western side of the Deanery of Eccles as it is now and would be in central part of the new deanery if the proposed restructuring happens (see below). It is mostly sub-urban.

Eccles is a diverse deanery. There is a wide range of church traditions within the deanery, with 3 parishes, (Swinton and Pendlebury, St Michael and All Angels Peel Green and St Mary Magdalen Winton) looking to the Bishop of Beverley for episcopal oversight. There 15 parishes in the deanery and 9 fulltime stipendiary priests currently in post, one House for Duty Post and one parish designated as 0.5. 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 Eccles will be brought together with the Salford and Leigh deanerys. 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.