Incumbent Leighton cum Minshull Vernon & Warmingham

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Minshull Vernon

A two parish benefice (Leighton-cum-Minshull Vernon and Warmingham) in a semi rural South East Cheshire area is looking for a Vicar to take the two churches forward with an expanding housing population in both parishes to encourage and retain young families at the same time continuing the traditional values of both parishes.

The Archdeacon of Macclesfield, The Venerable Ian Bishop is available for a conversation should you wish. Tel: 01260 272875 or email

Applications should by preference be made to the Archdeacon of Macclesfield USING THE DIOCESAN APPLICATION FORM available on the website.  Details of the post can be found on the diocesan website including our diocesan application form.

Closing date: Sunday 4 October 2020

Interviews:      Thursday 22 October 2020


A two parish benefice (Leighton-cum-Minshull Vernon and Warmingham) in a semi rural East Cheshire area is looking for a Vicar to take the two churches forward with an expanding housing population in both parishes.  The population is 7309 (Census 2011) between the two parishes that is expanding year on year.  The area has good transport links to the M6 motorway and Crewe Railway Station provides an extensive railway network to the rest of the country with trains to London running hourly and taking just over 2 ½ hours.  Leighton Hospital, a large district hospital is within the parish of Leighton-cum-Minshull Vernon.  The two parishes have been joined for 9 years and have good links, although having their own identity and life. 

Outreach to young families

Support for local community initiatives

Participation in the life of two local primary schools

Linking town and rural

Helping the church families to grow


A strong collaborative leader and team player with vision, empathy and humour.

A determination to growth the churches in numbers, mission and spirituality.

Communication skills able to allow the church to modernise its outreach methods.

Readiness to engage with the local primary schools.

Willingness to become involved in all aspects of Parish life including fundraising and wider community events.

Keen to involve Christians of all traditions and to foster links with other traditions in the area.


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  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 Diocesan Bishop is Mark Tanner and the Bishop of Birkenhead is Keith Sinclair, the position of Bishop of Stockport is 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. The Archdeacon of Chester lives in Chester, and the Archdeacon of Macclesfield lives in Congleton. Both now work from Church House, Daresbury.