Missional Priest - Up Holland and Dalton

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The churches in the Up Holland Team and St Michael Dalton have worked together since 2015 to find ways to reach the unchurched and de-churched in parts of the East and South of Skelmersdale, Lancashire. They are looking for a gifted missional priest to partner with them and lead in that work.

The church wants someone who can help them engage with the contacts they already have through the occasional offices and school’s ministry. They also seek a missional priest who can plant and nurture worshipping communities in socially and economically deprived areas.

The priest will have the use of a 1982 built house located in the Ashurst community in Skelmersdale, part of the former Dalton parish.

Applications Close: 5th April 2020
Interviews: 5th May 2020

Post introduction

The three churches enjoy forms of worship in a liberal catholic tradition. These are still valued and will be supported. However, rooted in a passion to reach those with little connection with church, the PCC are determined to support someone who can help them embrace evangelism and mission.

They want a missional priest who can teach them about planting and nurturing worshipping communities as they seek someone who can establish activities and communities in socially and economically deprived areas.

Skelmersdale is a 1960’s new town development in West Lancashire. As a result it faces many of the challenges of these communities with a great deal of economic and social deprivation.

Up Holland has a population of 42,000 with a mix of social housing and privately owned stock. The newly united larger parish has three parish churches; one ancient, one Victorian, and one modern. The church has a Priest in Charge, some retired clergy, plus a team of 4 licensed readers. All three churches have good school links and a range of activities and events. Christ the Servant, Digmoor has a small congregation but has good school links and a Church Boys and Girls Brigade. The building has proved challenging and decisions need to be made in this area. St Michael’s Dalton is popular for weddings and baptisms as well as having a range of weekly activities and events. St. Thomas the Martyr Up Holland is a previous Benedictine Abbey, and is undergoing significant reordering to accommodate a post office and café. The congregations have all demonstrated that they are up for real change and have been working together with their priest to make this happen.

Skelmersdale is ideally located close to both the M58 and M6 which links easily to Liverpool, Manchester, the Lakes, Wales and the North West.

Main responsibilities

The new larger single parish is looking for a priest who will:

  • pray and discern God’s vision for evangelism and planting in this area.
  • find ways to get involved in the local community through getting to know, understand and love the local population
  • scope out a strategic plan
  • nurture the faith of existing disciples
  • build teams of church planters
  • help establish new worshipping communities
  • support the diocesan strategy seeking opportunities to build a bigger church to make a bigger difference.

Our ideal candidate

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • strong leadership skills
  • a strong desire to be part of a team
  • a rich understanding of different traditions and a desire to work within them
  • a great sense of humour
  • humility and self-awareness
  • a God centred, bible based, spirit filled approach.

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

About the Diocese of Liverpool

For many years we have been working to achieve growth in our diocese. We have used different ways to express this but the aim and direction of travel has remained the same – consistent with the whole of the Church of England. When Bishop Paul was installed he adopted our growth agenda refreshing it by saying ‘we are asking God for a bigger church so we can make a bigger difference; more people knowing Jesus more justice in the world’

This is how we express our mission.

We think we will achieve this mission if we have

100 new congregations
1,000 new leaders
10,000 disciples

to help us do this we are calling every worshipping Christian in our diocese to

  • Sign up to the Bishop of Liverpool’s rule of life which will encourage and support us to Read, Learn, Pray, Give, Serve, Tell
  • bring 1 friend into the regular worshipping and serving life of the church (bring one friend)

do 10 acts of service or find 10 new points of connection beyond the walls of the church (do ten things)