Diocesan Mission Adviser and Incumbent of Thornton-le-Moors, Ince and Elton

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This is a unique opportunity to work in two part-time roles, which together make a full-time position. You will play a key role in providing parishes with advice and training in mission while at the same time serving as part-time incumbent of the parish of Thornton-le-Moors, Ince and Elton.

The Archdeacon of Chester, The Venerable Michael Gilbertson is available for a conversation should you wish. Tel: 01928 718834 ext 253 or email Michael.gilbertson@chester.anglican.org

Applications should by preference be made to the Archdeacon of Chester USING THE DIOCESAN APPLICATION FORM available on thewebsite. https://www.chester.anglican.org/support-services/job-vacancies/diocesan-vacancies/mission-adviser-and-incumbent-of-thornton-le-moors-with-ince-and-elton-.php

Closing date: Friday 29 January 2021

Interviews: Thursday 25 February 2021

The parish comprises three villages, Thornton-Le Moors, Ince and Elton, all within a two-mile radius. The population of the parish is approximately 4,500 (Elton having the largest population) with 67 on the electoral roll of the church. The area is quite unique in nature being a mix of rural, industrial with three adjacent factories (glass manufacturer, fertiliser manufacturer and an oil refinery, which is also home to an educational facility as this is a campus for the University of Chester.

It is a medium-sized Anglican / Methodist LEP working hard to embrace the ethos of ‘Setting God’s People Free’ through many forms of Fresh Expressions, which are listed below. Lay people are a key resource to deliver this and many other activities that make our Church very community focused.

Our mission statement is at the centre of all we do and is clearly displayed in our logo above ‘Sharing God’s Love in the Community’.

Parish role:

The benefice seeks an approachable, wise and enthusiastic person, to lead them and grow their discipleship and expand their relationship within their communities.

Mission Adviser role:

To work with the Director of Outreach, particularly in relation to the first 2 Marks of Mission in parishes, deaneries and diocese.


• Wide ranging experience of church leadership, including hands-on involvement in mission and evangelism.

• Experience of managing people and resources.

• A deep understanding of the first 2 Marks of Mission and the ability to apply them imaginatively to the Diocese.

• Ability to think strategically and communicate locally.

• A practitioner of mission who will work with parishes and diocese in new missionary initiatives.

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 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.