We are seeking a creative, entrepreneurial priest who can immerse themselves in the Hattersley Estate and develop new forms of mission and ministry out of St Barnabas.
According to the Church Urban Fund, the parish is ranked 42 out of 12,382 in terms of overall deprivation, where 1 is the most deprived parish. Recent work in the parish has demonstrated that there are lots of possibilities for service and outreach in the community and we are determined to grow and develop the church’s presence and impact among the community. There are big challenges, but there are great opportunities too, and the prayerful and committed congregation want to see their church grow and are ready to embrace change and new initiatives to see the church grow.
We are praying for a strategic, resilient priest who will come and love the people of Hattersley and will seek the growth of God’s kingdom in that community as we work together to invigorate the presence and ministry of St Barnabas on the estate.
The Archdeacon of Macclesfield, The Venerable Ian Bishop is available for a conversation should you wish. Tel: 01260 272 875 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications should by preference be made to theUSING THE DIOCESAN APPLICATION FORM available on the website. Incumbent for Hattersley - Diocese of Chester (anglican.org)
Closing date: 10 July 2022
Interviews: 1 September 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 www.chester.anglican.org 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.