Priest-in-Charge of Barnton and Winnington

Posted 19 days agoExpires in 9 days
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We are seeking a full-time priest-in-charge for this area of rapidly-growing population and huge missional opportunity. The church tradition is open evangelical. These two adjacent parishes have worked together for a number of years and are committed to reaching out to the community in an area marked by major new house-building. The post is a great opportunity for a priest who can work strategically and creatively.

We are looking for a mission-minded new priest-in-charge who will:

  • be able to encourage the congregation in living out their Christian faith in daily life, Monday to Saturday, not just on a Sunday
  • be a willing, visible presence in our communities, promoting the care of our churches for those in need
  • have a shared and collaborative approach to leadership
  • have the ability to encourage our churches to grow together in both mission and ministry
  • be an enthusiastic and encouraging leader who is able to develop and further deepen the spiritual life of our churches
  • be someone who is able to motivate others, relate to all age groups and especially encourage families
  • be able to provide leadership on safeguarding and encourage all to contribute toward creating a safer church
  • most of all, be someone who demonstrates dependence upon God and who is evidently equally committed to discipleship in their public, professional and personal life

Applications should by preference be made USING THE DIOCESAN APPLICATION FORM available on the diocesan website here

Closing date for applications: 12 October 2022

Interviews: 31 October 2022

Prospective applicants are welcome to discuss the post with the Archdeacon of Chester, the Ven Dr Michael Gilbertson:

Tel: 01928 718834 ext 253
Mobile: 07921 040154


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.