Rural Ministry in central Cheshire
We are seeking a strategic and mission-minded incumbent for four parishes of central tradition in rural Cheshire.
The parishes are praying for ‘someone who loves God and loves people.’ The successful candidate will be a good communicator with a passion for sharing the love of Jesus with rural communities. They will be able to lead change while also being sensitive to existing patterns of worship.
Although three of the four parishes are well used to working together as a united benefice, it is the first time that this configuration of parishes has shared in ministry together. So we are seeking someone with strategic gifts, open to God’s leading for the future.
There is a committed team including a self-supporting associate minister, a reader and a pastoral worker.
Mission among younger generations is a crucial part of the role, with three church schools and other schools with whom we have close ties.
There is an excellent modern vicarage in Kingsley.
Closing date for applications: 9 August
Interviews: 17 September
(Interviews might be in person or via Zoom, depending on an assessment of the circumstances nearer the time)
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Prospective applicants are welcome to discuss the post with:
The Ven Dr Michael Gilbertson, Archdeacon of Chester
The Diocese of Chester is in the province of York in the Church of England, part of the global Anglican Communion. For more information about our life, ministry and work please visit our website www.chester.anglican.org We are linked with the Anglican Church of Melanesia in the Solomon Islands and the Dioceses of Aru and Boga in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Diocese covers an area of 1025 square miles, approximately the old Victorian County of Chester, including parts which subsequently became absorbed into Merseyside and Greater Manchester. The Rivers Mersey and Tame approximately delineate the boundary with Liverpool and Manchester. There are areas of dense urban population, mainly in the north, stretching from Birkenhead to East Manchester. There are prosperous suburban regions of West and South Wirral, Chester and south of Manchester, with a mainly rural heartland, bounded by the Derbyshire Pennines and the Welsh Border. The overall population is around 1.6 million.
The position of Diocesan Bishop is currently vacant and the Bishop of Birkenhead is Keith Sinclair currently acting Diocesan Bishop, the position of Bishop of Stockport is also currently vacant.
The Cathedral for the Diocese is in Chester.
The Diocese is divided into two archdeaconries: Chester covering the western half and Macclesfield the eastern, each with nine deaneries. There are 273 parishes, about 100 of which can be described as rural. Compared with many dioceses, there are few teams, and few multi-parish benefices. There are approximately 231 stipendiary clergy. The ministry of Readers and Pastoral Workers is important, with over 400 licensed. The role of self-supporting ministers is increasing, with over 80 in post at present.
Roughly speaking, the Archdeaconry of Macclesfield covers that part of the diocese to the east of the M6, plus the area around Crewe and Nantwich. The Archdeaconry of Chester covers the rest of the diocese to the west of the M6. Each archdeaconry has a broad mix of urban and rural parishes.