Vicar of Christ Church Alsager

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Alsager
Clergy
£25,526

Applications are invited for the post of Vicar for Christ Church Alsager.

The closing date is 10 October 2018

Visits and interviews will be on 19th and 20th November 2018

To arrange an informal chat please contact the PA to the Bishop of Stockport, Rt Revd Libby Lane

Tel: 0161 928 5611 Email: bpstockport@chester.anglican.org

Applications may be made via the Pathways system or via our website at https://www.chester.anglican.org/support-services/job-vacancies/diocesan-vacancies/incumbent.php

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

Christ Church is a lively part of the Church of England in Alsager, Cheshire - welcoming children, youth and adults of all ages. It is a growing evangelical church, with Bible-based teaching, open to the work of the Holy Spirit, with a strong family emphasis, a developing youth work and a vision for growth. Significant building going on within Alsager means the parish will increase by 40% over the next 7 years and we’re excited by the missional opportunities this affords.

Our aim is to follow Jesus Christ and to grow in three directions:

  • Upwards: deeper in our love for God
  • Inwards: stronger in our relationships with one another
  • Outwards: wider in sharing God’s love with our community

Having seen significant growth in our ministry, particularly as we reach out into our local community, we are excited about the next stage of growth as individuals and as a church and look forward to sharing that journey with our new vicar. We have a team of four paid staff and a strong devolved model of lay leadership and every member ministry. We’ve included more detail about where we are now and some of our future hopes for Christ Church in our Parish Profile and to get a better feel for our church, please have a look round our website www.christchurchalsager.uk

We’re praying for a person of faith, a pastor and a leader who feels called to work with us here and excited by the potential to see the growth of God’s kingdom here; if this is you, we look forward to hearing from you.

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.

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.