Vicar, St Mary, High Crompton and St James, Thornham

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Vicar, St Mary, High Crompton and St James, Thornham

The parishes of St Mary High Crompton and St James Thornham are looking for a vicar who is Eucharistic in their spirituality, flexible and creative in worship and who attends to the development of their own prayer life. She/he must be genuinely collaborative; willing and able to create ministerial teams that will maximise the extraordinary potential for growth both numerically and spiritually in these two large churches.

She/he will have proven gifts in

  • Engaging effectively with the children and young families who come to church
  • Nurturing Sunday – Saturday discipleship amongst people of all ages
  • Using the links with C of E schools – primary and secondary – as mission opportunities
  • Pastoral care and visiting
  • Developing a culture of good stewardship and giving

The closing date for applications is 28th February 2020

The date of interview will be 17th March 2020


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

To be reviewed 6 months after the commencement of appointment and again after three years or at the first Ministerial Development Review

1. Details of Post

Role Title: Incumbent

Name of benefice: High Crompton, St Mary and Thornham, St James

Deanery: Oldham East

Archdeaconry: Rochdale

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

2. Role Purpose


i. To exercise the cure of souls shared with the bishop in this parish in collaboration with your colleagues

ii. 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.

iii. To work to advance the Kingdom of God through servant leadership, collaboration and example, and with particular regard to the current diocesan mission vision and goals:

a) growing – growing new disciples in missionary church communities which are younger, more diverse, active and spiritually engaged

b) nurturing – increasing vocations, nurturing new and existing disciples, increasing financial giving

c) serving – present for all, speaking and acting prophetically for justice, supporting pastorally especially the vulnerable, deprived and excluded

iv. 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 work with the PCC in the ongoing development and implementation of the Mission Action Plan
  2. To nurture Sunday – Saturday discipleship amongst young and old alike
  3. To foster lay and ordained ministries and authorized vocations
  4. To develop a sense of community both within and between the two churches
  5. To build on the strong links with the local C of E schools
  6. To develop a culture of good stewardship in relation to giving

3. Key contacts




Deanery Chapter, Synod and Mission and Pastoral Committee

Church House Staff


St James’ and St Mary’s C of E Primary Schools

Crompton House C of E Secondary School

The Deanery Children and Young Families Missioner

Local care and residential homes


The Area Dean The Reverend Lyn Woodall

The Archdeacon of Rochdale The Venerable David Sharples

The Bishop of Middleton The Rt Reverend Mark Davies

4. Context

There are no plans for further pastoral re-organisation that will affect these two parishes. However, the Diocese of Manchester is moving towards parishes working together across boundaries in mission partnership that are served by ministerial teams of ordained and lay people. St Mary’s and St James’ are likely, therefore, to be linked in this way with the other parishes of Crompton and Shaw.

There is enormous potential for numerical growth in both parishes, not least through the links with schools, and also spiritual growth in terms of potential lay and ordained leaders.

Diocese of Manchester

Person Specification for the Incumbent of St Mary High Crompton and St James Thornham

Spirituality and Tradition

Applicants for the post should

  1. Have the Eucharist at the heart of their spirituality
  2. Be liturgically flexible and creative
  3. Be comfortable and at ease in leading worship for all ages
  4. Be a person who actively attends to their own prayer life and spiritual growth

Experience and understanding

Applicants should be able to demonstrate the following:

  1. Experience of helping people at all stages of their faith journey to grow in their discipleship
  2. An understanding of the importance of churches working together
  3. Experience of strengthening links with schools
  4. An understanding of occasional offices as mission opportunities

Skills and competencies

Applicants should be able to show

  1. Excellent interpersonal skills with people of all ages
  2. Skill in building effective teams,
  3. An ability to discern gifting and foster vocations
  4. An ability to create a culture of learning and growing in the faith

General Attributes

  1. A strong spiritual leader and teacher
  2. Someone with a heart for children and young families
  3. Someone who is approachable and a ‘people person’
  4. A loving, caring pastor

Vicar of St Mary High Crompton and St James Thornham



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, shaped by our vision to become Church for a Different World. The Fit for Mission programme is the tool by which we seek to make this vision a reality. It is led by a Steering Group 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 191 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.


Although Oldham East doesn’t take in the town centre churches, it is nevertheless a diverse deanery with significant and growing Muslim communities from both Pakistan and Bangladesh, as well as an increasing number of people from Eastern Europe. The Saddleworth Team makes up a large part of the deanery (7 parishes) and other parishes have rural fringes that border the Saddleworth Moors. There is breadth of church traditions within the deanery and good relationships between the churches and their clergy. A deanery Children and Young Families’ missioner has been appointed to work with parishes in strengthening their links with their Church of England schools and maximising the opportunities they provide for mission and growth. This includes the benefice of High Crompton and Thornham.

At the time of writing, the 17 parishes in the deanery are served by 9 FTE stipendiary posts alongside other ordained and authorised lay ministers. There is a breadth of churchmanship with the parish of St James with St Ambrose looking to the Bishop Of Beverley for oversight. 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 Oldham East will be brought together with the present Ashton 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. As the consultation exercise continues there is an expectation that clergy and parishes understand the need to be flexible about future partnerships. 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.