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

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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 3rd April 2020

The interview date will be 27th April 2020

Role Description signed off by:  The Acting Archdeacon of Rochdale          

Date:   04.03.2020

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 Acting 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

            Droylsden and District Foodbank      


The Area Dean                     The Reverend Roger Dixon

The Acting Archdeacon      The Venerable David Sharples

The Suffragan Bishop         The Right Reverend Mark Davies

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



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.