Part time Incumbent for Burton & Shotwick

Posted 2 months agoExpires in 19 days
Office Holder
£13279 - £13279

Semi-Rural Ministry on the Wirral

Sunday duties plus 3½ days - Half stipend

We are seeking an incumbent for this united benefice of two parishes in a beautiful part of the Wirral, with a total population of just over 1,000. The church tradition is central to open evangelical. There is a common desire across both parishes to reach out to younger generations, building on good existing children’s work and strong links with the church school. An excellent new four-bedroom house on a small housing development in Burton village is being purchased to serve as the vicarage. There is popular good-quality primary and secondary education locally. The patronage for this appointment is held by St John’s Hospital, Lichfield, who will be chairing the process.

The lay teams in both parishes work together and are experienced and fully committed to providing the support needed to ensure that this is a genuinely part-time role. The parishes are equally supportive of the ministries of ordained women and men.

We are looking for a mission-minded new incumbent who:

  • will articulate a positive and engaging Christian faith and help the congregations to live out their discipleship in everyday life;
  • will support, inspire and expand the team of lay ministers, organisers and helpers;
  • will foster both traditional and modern services, including the use of the Prayer Book, which is an important feature of church life at Shotwick, while bringing vision and innovation to take the churches forward in growth;
  • will demonstrate good pastoral skills and will engage effectively across the generations;
  • will be committed to reaching children and young people and working with the CofE primary school in Burton;
  • will get involved actively in the life of our local communities;
  • will provide leadership on safeguarding and encourage all to contribute towards creating a safer church.

Closing date for applications: 10 June 2022

Interviews: 4 July 2022

Prospective applicants are welcome to discuss the post with the archdeacon:
The Ven Dr Michael Gilbertson, Archdeacon of Chester
T:01928 718834 ext 253 M: 07921 040154

and/or with:

Mr Chris Kitto, the Chairman of St John’s Lichfield (patron)
T: 01283 702129 M: 07973 305332

Applications should by preference be made to the Archdeacon of Chester USING THE DIOCESAN APPLICATION FORM available on the websiteDiocese of Chester | Incumbent for Burton, St Nicholas & Shotwick, St Michael (

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, Bishop of Birkenhead Julie Conalty and the Bishop of Stockport is Samuel Corley.

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.