Incumbent for St Paul's, Hooton

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Office Holder
£27090 - £27090

Suburban Ministry on the Wirral

We are seeking a full-time incumbent for this busy and welcoming Wirral parish. The church tradition is central. There is a desire to reach out to younger generations, building on good existing children’s work and strong links with the church school. A good modern vicarage is provided.

The congregation have said they want to support their new vicar to:

  • Help us to know God better, instil a strong faith, and be keen to grow our congregation through mission in the local communities.
  • Encourage the congregation in living out their faith in everyday life, Monday to Saturday and not just on a Sunday.
  • Encourage our young people to attend confirmation classes and become regular worshippers in Church.
  • Work closely with the Church School and other schools in our parish by conducting assemblies, holding special services in church for them e.g., Leaver’s assemblies and teaching sessions.
  • Support and encourage the development of lay ministry (bible study groups and home groups) including authorised lay ministry.
  • Provide leadership on safeguarding and encourage all to contribute toward creating a safer church.
  • Be enthusiastic and inspiring, guiding us as we take St Pauls into the future, developing new links with the community, whilst also keeping with traditions that some of our congregation enjoy.
  • Be a good people manager, be confident with IT, new technology and financial matters.

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 USING THE DIOCESAN APPLICATION FORM available on the website Incumbent for St Paul’s Hooton - Diocese of Chester (

Closing date: 19 June 2022

Interviews: 8 July 2022

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.