Part time Incumbent for Goostrey

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£13545 - £13545

The parish of Goostrey, in mid-Cheshire, is seeking a part-time Vicar, who will occupy the vicarage and receive a pensionable stipend of 50% of that of a full-time incumbent (£13,545 pa). The expectation is that the Vicar will work 3.5 days per week, plus Sundays.

The parish has a mixed community of over 2,000 inhabitants. As well as traditional rural life, many commute to work elsewhere, and the major scientific establishment of Jodrell Bank World Heritage Site lies within the parish.

The churchmanship of the parish is broad and central, and a varied diet of worship is provided. The parish has a long history of strong lay leadership through its Local Ministry Teams, and the new Vicar will be expected to work in a strongly collaborative way.

We are seeking a Vicar with a vision for styles of worship that will appeal to all ages; a prayerful person who will help us grow spiritually; a good leader who is willing to listen, communicate and delegate; IT literate and willing to use modern technology; has good financial awareness; has a warm personality and a good sense of humour.

As a Church we offer a strong LMT, a welcoming and loyal congregation, a caring Parish that looks after the wellbeing of the Incumbent, an active PCC open to new ideas and a wonderful place to live in a delightful village.

The current Vicarage is a large four-bedroomed house in the centre of the village within easy walking distance of the Church.

Further details are available in the Parish Profile, Parish Fact Sheet and Financial Statement.

The patronage of the parish lies with the Vicar of St Mary, Sandbach (Revd Bee Boyde), who has asked the Archdeacon to co-ordinate arrangements for the appointment.

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

Applications should by preference be made to theUSING THE DIOCESAN APPLICATION FORM available on the website. Part time Incumbent for Goostrey - Diocese of Chester (

Closing date: 18 September 2022

Interviews: 5 October 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.