Priest-in-Charge (0.5) Christ Church, Harpurhey and Priest-in-Charge (0 .5) Collyhurst, Church of The Saviour

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Harpurhey and Collyhurst
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We are seeking a Parish Priest for the parishes of Christ Church, Harpurhey and Church of The Saviour, Collyhurst.

Christ Church and Church of the Saviour would both describe themselves as being rooted in the evangelical tradition and style. Church of the Saviour expresses an inclusive tradition. They are seeking a priest who will respect their respective traditions.

The parishes are seeking a minister to lead them in this new, exciting partnership, building on excellent community outreach projects, present as part of the mission of the churches, as well as working towards spiritual and numerical growth.

The new parish priest will be supported by a large team of lay and ordained ministers and so experience of leading a team will be important in this appointment.

With all appointments in the North Manchester Deanery, we are seeking people who have a heart for working with lay and ordained colleagues in a Fit for Mission Pilot Deanery which is keen to see itself as one ‘mission unit’

If you think that that God may be calling you to exercise leadership in Harpurhey and Collyhurst, then please get in touch with us.

Closing date: 19th October 2018
Interview date: 6th November 2018

A prayerful and loving minister who is committed to finding new and creative ways of sharing the faith in Jesus Christ whilst prioritising and maintaining the longstanding, evangelical traditions of Christ Church and Church of The Saviour.

‘a worshipping, growing and transformative Christian presence at the heart of every community’

Role description signed off by: The Archdeacon of Manchester

Initial point of contact on terms of service: The Archdeacon of Manchester

To be reviewed 6 months after commencement of the appointment, and after three years

Role Purpose

General

  • To exercise the cure of souls shared with the bishop in this parish in collaboration with your colleagues
  • To have regard to the calling and responsibilities of the clergy as described in the Canons, the Ordinal, the Code of Professional Conduct for the Clergy, and other relevant legislation.
  • To work to advance the Kingdom of God through servant leadership, collaboration and example, and with particular regard to the current diocesan mission vision and mission goals
  • To share in the wider work of the deanery and diocese as appropriate, for the building up of the whole Body of Christ

a) Growing - growing new disciples in missionary church communities which are younger, more diverse, active and spiritually engaged

b) Nurturing - increasing vocations, nurturing new and existing disciples, increasing financial giving

c) Serving -present for all, speaking and acting prophetically for justice, supporting pastorally especially the vulnerable, deprived and exclude

Key contacts

Generic

  • The Church Wardens and PCC of Collyhurst, The Saviour & Harpurhey, Christ Church
  • The Deanery Chapter, Synod and Mission and Pastoral Committee
  • The Staff at Church House

Supportive

  • The Area Dean and Lay Chair
  • The Archdeacon
  • The Suffragan Bishop

Spirituality and Tradition

  • A prayerful and loving minister who is committed to finding new and creative ways of sharing the faith in Jesus Christ whilst prioritising and maintaining the longstanding, evangelical traditions of Christ Church and Church of The Saviour (E)
  • Experience of working in diverse communities (D)

Experience and Understanding

  • Experience of helping the church build on its many connections within the community, and to explore ways of developing this work (E)
  • To work with the two church congregations towards creating the planned partnership as part of the North Manchester Deanery plan (E)
  • Awareness of the skills needed to minister in a deprived context (D)

Skills and Competencies

  • Able to help the church grow and to develop the Manchester Diocesan Vision (E)
  • Able to motivate and encourage lay leadership, utilising the diversity of skills and gifts across the two parishes (E)
  • Work collaboratively amongst committed and active members of the church, as well as draw in new people (E)
  • To support the parish in its mission, and to clarify priorities in its Mission Action Plan, looking towards the next five years (E)
  • To work collaboratively and engage with community partnerships (E)
  • An understanding of issues associated with buildings, maintenance and fundraising (E)
  • To support and encourage pastoral care (E)
  • Management skills to provide management and guidance to our paid employees (E)
  • A vision and inclination to embrace and expand the existing outreach work of the church (E)
  • Ability to prioritise and enable work amongst the numerous groups, including younger and older members of the wider church family (D)
  • Ability to work across the diverse expressions of faith and churchmanship (D)

General Attributes

  • A passion for the gospel. Warm inclusive, missional and approachable. Able to live and share the good news of Jesus Christ in a variety of contexts and social needs (E)

Diocesan Statement of needs and expectations

Diocese

The Diocese of Manchester extends over most of Greater Manchester and Rossendale and is characterised by its extraordinary diversity of communities and cultures. The vibrancy that this gives to life makes it a joyful and hopeful place to pursue God’s mission. The overall vision of the Diocese is to establish

‘a worshipping, growing and transformative Christian presence at the heart of every community’

and we firmly believe there is an opportunity to do so at this point on our journey of faith.

We have a specific missionary vision, values and goals:

  • Our Values - Faith, Hope and Love
  • Our Inspiration - We run with perseverance the race that is set before us… with our eyes fixed on Jesus
  • Our Mission Goals – to be a Church which is growing new disciples in missionary church communities which are younger, more diverse, active and spiritually engaged
  • Nurturing - increasing vocations, nurturing new and existing disciples, increasing financial giving
  • Serving - present for all, speaking and acting prophetically for justice, supporting pastorally especially the vulnerable, deprived and excluded

Guided by this vision, the Diocese is engaged on a process of strategic planning for the future, led by a ‘Strategic Implementation Team’ that includes the three bishops and others with specific gifts in this area.

The Bishop has the resolve to appoint in this Diocese only clergy who have a clear sense of calling to the particular post and are committed, under God, to the Diocesan vision, and its values, inspiration and goals. We believe that mission and ministry are properly undertaken collaboratively, working with neighbouring parishes, specialist and sector ministries, and ecumenical and wider community partners. Clergy will be expected to work collegially with other ordained ministers and lay people to encourage and sustain the wider mission and ministry of the church. Clergy and parishes are strongly encouraged to undertake a process of ‘Mission Action Planning’.

Clergy are expected to encourage and enable the gifts and ministries of all God’s people and especially to help individuals explore any possible call to ordination (including Ordained Local Ministry), Reader Ministry or Authorised Lay Ministry.

Education is a major factor in the life of the diocese and its mission to young people. There are 192 church schools and a growing number of academies. Unless there is very good reason, where there is a Church School in the parish the minister of that parish is expected to carry out conscientiously the role of ex officio Governor, as part of a wider ministry in the school, although in the case of benefices with several schools no member of the clergy should act as Governor of more than two schools.

We are committed to promoting the well-being of clergy, and in a 2015 survey 91.6% of all the clergy who responded either strongly agreed or agreed with the statement, ‘I enjoy ministry in the Diocese of Manchester’.

It is normal for a priest to have a ministerial interest wider than the benefice itself that takes something in the region of 10% of their working time.

Except where required under the terms of the Priests (Ordination of Women) Measure 1993 or the House of Bishops Declaration on the Ministry of Bishops and Priests 2014 we are committed to ensuring that the Diocese does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of criteria unrelated to their ability to function as a priest in the benefice.

All ministerial appointments in the Diocese are subject to enhanced DBS Disclosure and we are obliged under the requirements of the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 to request documentation which will satisfy its requirements of proof of eligibility to work in the UK.

Deanery

North Manchester Deanery is made up of 14 parishes, for the purposes of resource allocation, divided up into three sectors or mission partnerships. The area extends to Blackley in Moston in the north up to the M60 and close to the city centre in the south in Collyhurst. Cheetham, Crumpsall and Harpurhey are the other towns in the deanery.

If you looked at the multiple deprivation statistics for the deanery as a whole, you’d discover that it is in the 4% most deprived. There is no escaping the fact that it is a challenging place to minister but those of us who call North Manchester home would also say that it is a place rich in blessings. There is an enormous amount of good will towards the church from schools, funeral directors and other partners and so we believe that the deanery has many opportunities for mission.

North Manchester has been selected as a pilot project for the Diocesan Fit for Mission strategy and we are excited at what the future will hold. The clergy chapter and synod operate well and good relationships exist across all of the churches. Work has been done in all three sectors on encouraging co-operation and sharing resources and the work done in the Victoria Avenue Mission Partnership has given us the confidence to imagine how the deanery may look going forward. The deanery clergy meet to pray together every week as well as the usual chapter and synod gatherings. A recent run of vacancies has meant that much of the restructuring of the deanery has already been done and we are very close to our target clergy numbers for 2025. We are currently exploring the possibility of a central administrative support function and some shared systems and processes.