The Bishop of Chester is seeking to appoint a new Chair to lead the Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) to support its members and the DAC office in supporting parishes in their development and care of churches in the Diocese of Chester.
Chester DAC supports parishes as they plan for and manage changes to their buildings in ways that balance worship and mission needs with conservation of their heritage, and as they address challenges and opportunities their buildings face.
An individual is sought with a real passion and enthusiasm for the mission of the Church, for church buildings (both historic and modern) and who has a pragmatic approach to the challenges faced by those caring for churches and churchyards. Experience of chairing constructive meetings where participants with varying views and fields of expertise are heard and respected, and any disagreement successfully managed so a way forward can be reached will be essential.
This is essentially a voluntary position with a small remuneration of £1,904 offered, together with the reimbursement of out of pocket expenses.
PLEASE NOTE: Applications should be made via the Diocesan website using the diocesan application form.
The role description, person specification, background paper and application form can be downloaded from the Diocesan website: https://www.chester.anglican.org/support-services/job-vacancies/other-vacancies/
Completed application forms should be returned to Mrs E A Geddes, Diocesan Director of Human Resources, preferably by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
For an informal discussion, please contact the DAC Secretary, Caroline Hilton on email@example.com
Or by post to Church House, 5500 Daresbury Park, Warrington, WA4 4GE or
Closing date: Sunday 25th September 2022
Interviews: Monday 3rd October 2022
To support the Diocesan Advisory Committee and the DAC office as they carry out their roles in relation to the Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction and Care of Churches Measure 2018 and the Faculty Jurisdiction (Amendment) Rules 2022
To support the DAC in providing information, training and guidance for parishes in aspects of managing their church(es).
Together with the DAC office respond on behalf of the Diocese/DAC to national initiatives and wider consultations on issues affecting the historic environment and in particular places of worship.
Willingness and enthusiasm to consider new ideas for improving the work of the DAC and the creative use of church buildings.
Experience of chairing constructive meetings where participants with varying views and fields of expertise are heard and respected, and any disagreement successfully managed so a way forward can be reached will be essential.
The work of the Chester Diocesan Board of Finance (DBF) is operated from within Church House and is located at Daresbury Park, Warrington.
The DBF is the body which oversees the central financial and administrative work of the Diocese of Chester, provides support, teaching and trained personnel to advance the mission and ministry of the parishes within the Church of England Diocese of Chester, and the mission and ministries of the bishops of the Diocese.
The DBF is part of the Church of England, the established Church of the land, which proclaims Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, and aims to proclaim the Kingdom of God in an open way to all people, of all races, cultures and backgrounds.
For many posts within the Diocese those who are not members of the Church of England are welcome to apply. We respect their right to express different religious and philosophical opinions but require them, as employees of the Diocese, to respect our ethos as an Anglican Christian organisation and not to undermine it. These posts will require the post-holders to be in sympathy with the aims and objectives of the Church of England.
Some posts may include an Occupational Requirement for the post holder to be a practising Christian in accordance with the Equality Act, 2010. Where this applies the recruitment documentation will state this.
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. He is supported by two suffragan bishops: the Bishop of Birkenhead, Julie Conalty and the of Bishop of Stockport, Sam 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.