Vicar, St Mary, Droylsden and Assistant Curate, St Stephen, Audenshaw

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Droylsden & Audenshaw

Vicar, St Mary, Droylsden and Assistant Curate, St Stephen, Audenshaw

Vicar of St Mary’s Droylsden and Assistant Curate at St Stephen’s Audenshaw

The PCCs are looking for a person with vision who is a confident and inspirational team player to lead them in mission and growth.

She/he will

  • be a person of prayer with a heart for mission
  • have proven skills in building, leading and managing effective teams of lay and ordained ministers
  • be someone with experience of developing community initiatives
  • have gifts in relating to and engaging with children and young families
  • have experience in fostering a culture of good stewardship

It is expected that the post-holder will take on responsibility for St Stephen’s Audenshaw when the present incumbent retires in 2021

Applications close on 28th February 2020

The interview date will be 16th March 2020

To be reviewed after 6 months

  1. Details of Post

Role Title: Incumbent

Name of benefice: Droylsden St Mary

Deanery: Ashton

Archdeaconry: Rochdale

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

  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


  1. To lead the PCC/congregation in their planning for mission
  2. To develop and sustain a shared leadership for the parish
  3. To discern and encourage vocations to lay and ordained ministries
  4. To nurture and encourage ‘whole life discipleship’ amongst all church members
  5. To ensure good stewardship in its widest sense
  6. To strengthen links with the schools and local community
  7. To lead the work with St Stephen’s Audenshaw to prepare both churches for the time when they become a united benefice.

3. Key contacts


The churchwardens and PCCs of the Benefice

The Deanery Chapter, Synod and Mission and Pastoral Committee

The Staff at Church House


St Mary’s C of E School


The Area Dean Revd. Roger Dixon

The Archdeacon Ven. Cherry Vann (until December 2019)

The Suffragan Bishop Right Revd, Mark Davies

4. Role context and any other relevant information

There is an expectation that the new parish priest will also become parish priest at St Stephen’s Audenshaw when the present vicar there retires (probably Easter 2021) Care will need to be taken to ensure that both churches are actively involved in working towards this from the outset of the appointment. In line with diocesan strategy, discussions have also taken place around a future Mission Unit/Cluster whereby St Mary’s and St Stephen’s would join with the other churches in Droylsden and Audenshaw, plus those in Denton and Haughton and be served by a team of stipendiary, self-supporting and lay ministers. The exact details around this have yet to be confirmed.

Spirituality and Tradition

Applicants for the post should be

  1. a person of prayer; open to the Holy Spirit
  2. a priest with a heart for mission
  3. creative and open to exploring new styles of worship
  4. a bible based preacher

Experience and understanding

Applicants should be able to demonstrate the following:

  1. experience of working collaboratively with other ordained and accredited lay ministers

b) experience of developing community initiatives

c) experience of Mission Action Planning

d) an ability to discern and encourage the ministries of others

e) experience of working effectively with schools

f) an understanding of how to develop a culture of good stewardship

Skills and competencies

Applicants should be able to show:
a) proven skills in building, leading and managing effective teams (E)

b) excellent communication skills with all age groups (E)

c) an ability and a willingness to delegate (E)

d) an ability to relate to and engage with children and young families (E)

General Attributes

Applicants should be

  1. a confident and inspirational team player

b) a person of vision who can bring people with them

c) an encourager

d) someone with a sense of humour

e) secure in themselves

Vicar of St Mary Droylsden and

Assistant Curate at St Stephen Audenshaw



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 church of St Mary’s lies in the centre of the present deanery and is one of three Anglican churches serving the town of Droylsden. St Stephen’s lies to the south and shares a border with St Mary’s.

Ashton is a diverse deanery with a significant and growing Muslim community in the town of Ashton as well as an increasing number of people from Eastern Europe. There is a wide range of church traditions within the deanery, with one, (St Hilda’s Audenshaw) looking to the Bishop of Beverley for episcopal oversight. The 15 parishes in the deanery are served at present by 11.5 FTE stipendiary priests 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 Ashton will be brought together with the present Oldham East and Oldham West deaneries. 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.