Incumbent for Stockport & Brinnington

Posted 19 days agoExpires in 19 days
Stockport
Office Holder
£27090 - £27090

We are praying for a person of vision, confidence, resilience and drive to come and lead this parish forwards.

Stockport is a growing town with big ambitions. It is an exciting place to live and minister and there are massive opportunities for the church to bless, serve and reach out into the town.

Under the previous incumbent (Lynne Cullens – now Bishop of Barking) the churches were brought together and fruitful links were established with the town. This work now needs consolidating and developing.

The challenges are substantial: finances are tight, there is a church to build in Brinnington and two Grade 1 listed buildings to care for. Each of the three congregations is looking to grow and hope their next incumbent will help them explore how they can develop their mission and ministry beyond the existing congregations.

The congregations are wanting to regain their confidence in God, deepen their worshipping life, foster vitality in mission and ministry and explore the distinctive contribution they can each make to the town. We expect this to include planting new congregations and developing new initiatives as part of the Diocese’s emerging vision and strategy and the next incumbent will play a crucial role in laying the foundations, fostering the culture and in scoping possibilities for that growth and development.

The Town Council, neighbouring parishes and other local churches all look to the parish as a partner, and the incumbent plays a key role, in collaboration with the Bishop and Archdeacon, in stewarding the profile and engagement of the Church in the town. So, the next incumbent will need to be a person who enjoys networking with a wide range of people, is stimulated by complexity and hopes to make a contribution to the wider life of the town and borough.

This is a demanding and stretching role but one that offers real opportunity to make a significant difference to the mission and ministry of a key parish in a strategic location.

The Archdeacon of Macclesfield, The Venerable Ian Bishop is available for a conversation should you wish. Tel: 01260 272 875 or email ian.bishop@chester.anglican.org

Applications should by preference be made to theUSING THE DIOCESAN APPLICATION FORM available on the website. Incumbent for Stockport and Brinnington - Diocese of Chester (anglican.org)

Closing date: 24 July 2022

Interviews: 2 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.