Incumbent Barnston and Pensby

Posted 7 days agoExpires in 26 days
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We are an Evangelical Anglican church based on two sites on the Wirral: Christ Church, in rural Barnston and St Michael and All Angels, in suburban Pensby.

Our purpose is to make Jesus known and to grow together in Him

Our vision is to be bigger and more representative of the

community, equipping everyone for ministry

Our values are that we are defined by grace, directed by the bible, dependent in prayer, with compassion for our neighbours confident and joyful in our faith.

We are excited to discern who God is calling to join us. Our new vicar will lead a team that includes an associate minister, readers, other lay leaders, and many other volunteers. Our paid staff team comprises a parish administrator, children’s youth and family worker, discipleship coordinator and pastoral coordinator.

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

Applications should by preference be made to the Archdeacon of Chester


Closing date: 9 May 2021

Interviews: 26 May 2021

The districts of Barnston and Pensby, although only a mile apart, have quite different demographics. Barnston village lies amidst farmland. This part of the parish contains two primary schools, a pub dating back to the 15th Century, some housing, sheep and cows.

St Michael’s, just 1 mile way in the urban area of Pensby, is close to shops and housing and was constructed more recently. In 2006 it underwent a major building project where the old church hall was demolished to make way for a new hall and an extension the existing building. Later, in 2015, the pews were removed and the interior completely refurbished to modernise the building and allow much greater flexibility of usage. There are 4 primary schools within this part of the Parish, with a large secondary school nearby.

Together, we serve communities on the West of the Wirral Peninsula. Surrounded by the Rivers Mersey and Dee, the Irish Sea and close to vibrant Liverpool, historic Chester and the Welsh Hills, it is a great place to live!

Our style of worship is evangelical, with a focus on ministry of the Word. There are various services (including communion) on both sites on Sundays, with the potential to restart an evening service currently under review. An additional midweek communion occurs at St Michael’s. Prayer meetings and the weekly “Hub” meeting provide important and informal opportunities to meet, learn, grow together and equip our discipleship - with the aim of reaching out into our local community and beyond.

We are passionate in supporting mission work both within our locality and internationally, including Crosslinks partners and in Kenya.

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The new incumbent will have overall leadership responsibility for the Parish, sharing work with the Associate Minister and the church family to further God’s purpose for us.

We are especially keen to reach out into our community in new ways to share Jesus with them, to develop and grow the ministry for children and young people as well as to facilitate the growth of church members in their faith and church membership in general.

The ideal candidate will be a person of strong biblical faith, able to demonstrate strong but sensitive leadership and with significant experience as a:

  • Teacher: trusting in and enthusiastically preaching the authority of scripture in attractive and relevant ways
  • Shepherd: providing and developing pastoral care for all ages and reaching out with care and compassion to those in need of support
  • Spiritual leader: guided by the Holy Spirit, enthusing us to express our faith and stay focused on our mission both locally and internationally
  • Evangelist: leading a new outreach to our community and

Leader: identifying, nurturing and growing gifts in the church family at all levels

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

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, the positions of the Bishop of Birkenhead and the Bishop of Stockport are 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.