Vicar of West Derby St Luke and Stockbridge Village St Jude

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West Derby
Office Holder

We are looking for a talented priest to lead us in achieving our vision ‘to be an all age church, serving our communities and encouraging people to explore faith, encounter Jesus and experience love’.

We aim to serve the people in our parish in practical ways, from social action and pastoral services to simply being a listening ear. We seek to be at the heart of the community, both reaching out to people where they are and welcoming them into the Church and community centre.

We have as our priorities to:

Live the Gospel: through worship, outreach and discipleship

Invest in Families: through activities with toddler groups, schools, children and young people.

Serve the Poor: through social justice projects like Food Bank, Food Club and Debt Advice.

We are looking for someone who will not be mainly orientated around the church building but primarily community focused in the streets, at garden gates, wherever people meet to talk, and with a real commitment to the poor;

We are looking for someone with a caring, pastoral heart who will provide teaching based on the Bible which helps people grow in their faith and discipleship.

Short Listing: Monday 12th September

Interview Dates: Wednesday 21st September

For more information please contact: Ven Pete Spiers - Archdeacon of Knowsley and Sefton

Mob: 07590690780 or email:

Situated on an outer estate on the Liverpool/Knowsley borough boundary, this new benefice has great potential in the opportunities it provides. It lies six miles east of the city centre of Liverpool with a population of around 18,000 which is gradually increasing with the building of residential properties that are taking place on several sites. Many different nationalities live in the parish, particularly in the multi-storey flats on the edge of Stockbridge Village. There is no industry as such in the parish and the main employers are the local shops. Facilities in the area include supermarkets, local shops, cafes, a leisure centre, a swimming pool, and medical centres hosting GPs, health visitors, midwives and physiotherapists.

There are a number of primary schools and a Youth Probation Advisory Service centre nearby with which good links have been established and also with the Stockbridge Resource Centre which supports people with physical disabilities and mental health challenges. There is a children's hospice called Zoe's Place. West Derby golf club is also nearby. There are.good ecumenical links with St. Dominic's RC church and with St. Albert's RC church in Stockbridge Village.

Local attractions include Croxteth Country Park and Knowsley Safari Park. The area is served by a good public transport system, providing easy access to Liverpool city centre as well as Huyton, Prescot and St. Helen's. The M57 is close to Stockbridge Village, providing excellent links to the east via the M62 and north and south via the M6.

St Luke’s Church was built in the late 1950s in a modern style for this era. It is in a prominent position on the main thoroughfare through the parish. It is bright and welcoming and in a good state of repair, with a large stained glass window at the rear. It was re-ordered in 2013 using funds left in legacies. The refurbishment included removing the pews and replacing them with chairs, thus giving worship a versatile, multi-functional space. The space has also been used for conferences and concerts.

A community centre was built connected to the church in 1989 and is used extensively by various organisations like toddler group, Slimming World, dancing, Tae Kwon Do, councillor’s surgeries, AA and Debt advice. Approximately 350 use it each week.

The vicarage is a one minute walk from the Church on Princess Drive. It is a large, 1950s, well-kept, detached four-bedroom house. It has a large sunny lounge and separate dining room overlooking the large rear garden. There is space in the kitchen for a dining table and a utility room gives access to the garage and rear garden. There is also a large study and two cloakroom toilets.

  • Equipping the people of God from the Bible to live out their faith and apply it to their daily life
  • Developing engaging worship and making the most of baptisms, weddings and funerals and church festivals to become an all age, welcoming church
  • Actively engaging with children and young people and their families in church and in local schools
  • Focusing on the community and not just the church building and centre

Our Ideal Candidate will be:

  • Open hearted and welcoming to all
  • Passionate to see spiritual growth in others
  • Confident and energetic
  • Approachable and good listener
  • Caring and compassionate
  • Empathetic and prayerful

Being part of the Clergy Team in Liverpool Diocese

For many years we have been working to achieve growth in our diocese. We have used different ways to express this but the aim and direction of travel has remained the same – consistent with the whole of the Church of England. We have articulated a vision for this growth by saying

we are asking God for a bigger church so that we can make a bigger difference:

more people knowing Jesus and more justice in the world.

In our diocesan vision we have identified four priority areas for our work in mission in this season:

Introducing people to God through Jesus Christ

Deepening discipleship, especially by means of our Rule of Life

Developing Christian leaders in every place

Working for justice

Like everyone entering a new role in the Diocese, you will accept the priority of these areas, and will measure your ministry by effectiveness in these areas. You will be supported and expected to be accountable (through the Ministerial Development Review as well as through regular meetings with your colleagues) for how they are being implemented within your area of responsibility.

In common with all clergy in the diocese, you will work together with others to:-

  1. Establish a culture of invitation in evangelism within the local church.
  2. Start new worshipping communities and maintain existing healthy worshipping communities that are accessible to all.
  3. Establish a culture in the local church of expecting a deepening of discipleship and putting into practice the 6 disciplines of the Rule of Life.
  4. Develop prayerfully a strategy for mission and church growth and aligning it with the Diocesan strategy Fit for Mission.
  5. Identify, train, release and support new Christian leaders and teams.
  6. Encourage vocations by identifying the gifts of others and assisting people to seek God’s calling for their lives.
  7. Develop the distinctive ministry of the local Church within the wider context of the Diocese, Deanery and local ecumenical setting by establishing and maintaining good collaborative working relationships with clergy and lay colleagues.
  8. Lead your congregations both to pray for justice in the Church and the world and to recognize how, working with others, your congregations can work for more justice in the Church, your local communities, and the world.
  9. Ensure that safeguarding, financial and other governance disciplines are followed.