Rector of Adbaston, High Offley, Knightley, Norbury, Woodseaves, Gnosall and Moreton

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The benefice lies between the County town of Stafford and the market town of Newport in Shropshire.
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Five beautiful parishes in rural west Staffordshire are looking for a Rector to further develop Christian ministry in our Benefice with support from our Associate Minister, Lay Reader and a strong lay team.

The ‘Staffordshire Border Group of Churches’ is a benefice of 5 parishes comprising the following 6 churches:

  • St Michael and All Angels, Adbaston
  • St Lawrence’s, Gnosall
  • St Mary’s, High Offley with Christchurch, Knightley
  • St Mary’s, Moreton
  • St Peter’s, Norbury

The benefice lies between the County town of Stafford and the market town of Newport in Shropshire. The parishes are in attractive rural settings, with Gnosall being the largest village. The Churches are all very welcoming and well cared for; all the villages have their distinctive characters, which add considerably to the attractiveness of the benefice. There are two Primary C of E Academies, one in Gnosall and the other in Woodseaves (between Knightley and High Offley).

We are looking for someone to come and lead us as a community of faith in this post COVID landscape.

Someone who:

  • is a ‘people’ person, inspirational, energetic & collaborative;
  • is a prayerful priest who can encourage us on our individual and shared faith journeys;
  • is a leader, motivator & good organiser willing to delegate;
  • will explore and encourage the gifts of all parishioners;
  • will engage with people of all ages;
  • is a good communicator with people at all levels.

Is this you?

About the Diocese

Lichfield Diocese is one of the most diverse dioceses in the country. Rolling countryside and vibrant inner-city life nestle together in a region that takes in Staffordshire, the Potteries of Stoke-on-Trent, most of Shropshire and bustling Black Country centres including Walsall and Wolverhampton. The only thing we don’t have is the sea!

Our shared diocesan vision extends an invitation to all to “Come follow Christ in the footsteps of St Chad”.

As we follow Christ in the footsteps of St Chad, we pray that the two million people in our diocese encounter a church that is confident in the gospel, knows and loves its communities, and is excited to find God at work already in the world. We pray for a church that reflects the richness and variety of those communities and partners with others in seeking the common good, working for justice as a people of hope.

Further information about the Diocese is available at

Enquiries: Bishop of Stafford's Office

All applicants should normally have 3 years’ experience in the Church of England or other Anglican church in the British Isles.

Closing date: 26th June 2021

Interviews: 29th July 2021

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