Incumbent for Christ Church Chester

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Office Holder
£27090 - £27090

Vision Statement: Seeing lives restored through Jesus, in a renewed space, as we have fun together.

Christ Church is charismatic with a broadly open evangelical tradition, ranging across the spectrum from 'liberals' to more 'conservative evangelicals'.

There are 2 services every Sunday - a 9am liturgical Eucharistic service with a reflective and contemplative feel and a 10:30am more informal service with a lighter liturgy, including blocks of worship.

This is a joint Patronage with The Simeon’s Trust. More information is available from either or

or via the Diocesan website Incumbent for Christ Church Chester - Diocese of Chester (

Closing date: 8 June 2022

Interviews including visit: 5-6 July 2022

The parish (population 2861) comprises two distinct areas, Newtown and Northgate Village, separated and bordered by main roads and railway lines. Chester as an area is 97% white - as such, the predominant ethnicity in the parish is white. There is a relatively small Polish community in the parish, which is reflected by the 2 Polish Bakeries in the Parish and Perogi Polish Dumpling shop. The population of the parish is predominantly young families and 20s/30s, most being professional with some unemployed.

There are 2 distinct worship styles at Christ Church across the 2 Sunday services. The 9am is a liturgical eucharistic service has a reflective and contemplative feel, whereas The 10:30am service is more informal with lighter liturgy, including blocks of worship.

The 9am musical worship tends to use Hymns Old and New and is organ led while the 10:30am musical worship is led by a range of musicians, from acoustic to full bands, including songs across a broad spectrum, from centuries old hymns, and gospel classics to modern contemporary songs.

The vision of Christ Church is turning outwards, we want to bring the hope of Jesus to Newtown, deepen our walk with Jesus and continue to build community together. Christ Church’s ministry spans a number of different areas including; Children & Young People, Connect Groups, Alpha, Online, Drop In, Students and links with the local community.

Outreach to Newtown



A collaborative leader, able to delegate, nurture, equip and empower ministry leads.

Creative, innovative, with a sense of humour, ready to have fun.

An outward looking, adventurous, visionary leader who can sensitively lead the church through transition.

Able to lead intentional mission into un-churched communities who will seek God’s heart for Christ Church’s role as a Parish Church in Newtown.

Experience of Bible-based preaching and teaching, engaging, challenging and relevant to contemporary issues.

Able to be led by the Spirit within the charismatic, broadly open evangelical tradition in informal worship and bold gospel preaching.

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.