Are you up for helping us reach 1.5 million people with the good news of Christ?
The next Archdeacon of Macclesfield will be many things: organised, experienced, inspiring, approachable, kind, and prayerful. They will be committed to excellence in safeguarding. They will be passionate advocates for the people and communities of this Diocese, especially those who are most disadvantaged. They will be a great team player, a clear communicator, and a gift of a colleague.
Above all, though, they will love Jesus and love people.
Is God calling you to serve as the next Archdeacon of Macclesfield?
If God might be calling you, and especially if you don’t feel very confident, please do be in touch for an informal conversation with Bishop Mark.
Applicants must have excellent attention to detail, manage processes well, and have significant experience in parish ministry. We lament the lack of visible diversity in our senior team and particularly encourage applications which will address this.
Based at Church House, Daresbury, with meetings at Bishop’s House in Chester, home working, and travel around the Diocese.
PLEASE NOTE: Applications should be sent to the Bishop of Chester's office and not made through Pathways.
For an informal conversation or to submit applications contact the Bishop of Chester, by email email@example.com
or by phone/post
Chester, CH1 2JD
Closing date: Friday, 1st December 2023
Interviews: 4th and 5th January 2024
THE DIOCESE OF CHESTER WILL ONLY INTERVIEW THOSE WITH UP TO DATE SAFEGUARDING TRAINING AND A VALID DBS CHECK
Copies of the advert, information pack and application form can also be found on the diocesan website at:
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The work of the Chester Diocesan Board of Finance (DBF) is operated from within Church House and is located at Daresbury Park, Warrington.
The DBF is the body which oversees the central financial and administrative work of the Diocese of Chester, provides support, teaching and trained personnel to advance the mission and ministry of the parishes within the Church of England Diocese of Chester, and the mission and ministries of the bishops of the Diocese.
The DBF is part of the Church of England, the established Church of the land, which proclaims Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, and aims to proclaim the Kingdom of God in an open way to all people, of all races, cultures and backgrounds.
For many posts within the Diocese those who are not members of the Church of England are welcome to apply. We respect their right to express different religious and philosophical opinions but require them, as employees of the Diocese, to respect our ethos as an Anglican Christian organisation and not to undermine it. These posts will require the post-holders to be in sympathy with the aims and objectives of the Church of England.
Some posts may include an Occupational Requirement for the post holder to be a practising Christian in accordance with the Equality Act, 2010. Where this applies the recruitment documentation will state this.
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.
The diocesan bishop is Mark Tanner. He is supported by two suffragan bishops: the Bishop of Birkenhead, Julie Conalty and the of Bishop of Stockport, Sam 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.