Incumbent for St Peter Plemstall & St John Guilden Sutton

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Guilden Sutton
£25025 - £25025

Applications are invited for the post of Incumbent for the semi-rural united benefice of Guilden Sutton and Plemstall near Chester

The closing date is Friday 21 September 2018

Interviews will be held in the parish on Wednesday 31 October

Those wishing to discuss the post informally are invited to contact The Venerable Michael Gilbertson, Archdeacon of Chester Tel: 01928 718834 ext 258 or email

Applications may be made via the Pathways system or via our website

For more information about the application process, please use this link

We want our new Rector to help lead us into a future in which: 

  • We see God's Kingdom grow in our parishes. 
  • We recognise, nurture and build on the strengths in our churches. 
  • We see deepening discipleship amongst our members, shown by a growing commitment to: prayer and worship; understanding and application of the Bible; encouragement of one another in Christian fellowship; living out and sharing the love of Christ 7 days a week.
  • We rise to the challenge of sharing our faith in an increasingly secular society, recognising the urgent need to bring younger generations into the church. 
  • Our styles of worship and 'being church' creatively engage both older and younger generations.

The parishes are seeking a new incumbent who is:

  • Firmly rooted in the gospel, prayerful, Spirit-filled and led and who demonstrates Christian love in action.
  • Committed to seeing God’s kingdom come in our communities and with a vision of how to seek that, especially recognizing the need to reach the younger generations for Christ;
  • An enthusiastic, discerning, hard-working, inspiring leader with good organizational and delegation skills;
  • An effective communicator who is approachable, with a good sense of humour and can relate well to families and people of all ages and backgrounds and is committed to reaching out into our communities;
  • Committed to equipping members of our churches to serve God both in the church and in their daily lives;
  • Keen to ensure good pastoral care of individuals
  • Willing to embrace a wide variety of worship styles while respecting parish traditions
  • Competent in using IT to support ministry.

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.

There are three Bishops: the Bishop of Chester Peter Forster, the Bishop of Birkenhead Keith Sinclair and the Bishop of Stockport Libby Lane.

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.