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Nestling under the South Pennines, the two parishes of St James Milnrow and St Thomas Newhey are looking for a new Vicar to lead them in mission and in service to their communities.

The congregations are both welcoming and healthy with good lay leadership. They want someone who will help them:

  • grow as disciples of Jesus Christ
  • develop their gifts and ministries and to establish a sense of team working in and across the churches
  • engage effectively with the local communities in service and outreach
  • build strong links with the schools, their children and families

If you are an energetic priest of central tradition, an inspirational communicator of the faith and an approachable pastor then you could be just the person who we are looking to welcome here.

Vicarage: St Thomas’ Newhey

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


  • For growing churches
  • For increasing giving
  • For serving the wider community
  • For nurturing vocations
  • To share in the wider work of the deanery and diocese as appropriate, for the building up of the whole Body of Christ.
  • 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 priorities


  • To work with the PCCs in the ongoing development of their Mission Action Planning (MAP)
  • To strengthen the links with the Church of England schools
  • To establish ways of attracting and retaining young families and children in the life of the two churches
  • To foster discipleship and vocations amongst church members of all ages
  • To help the churches better engage with the local communities and organisations


  • The PCCs
  • The Deanery Chapter, Synod and Mission and Pastoral Committee
  • The Staff at Church House


  • The two C of E Primary Schools
  • Milnrow Mothers’ Union
  • Newhey Manor Care Home
  • Rosemary Care Home
  • The various uniformed organisations


  • The Area Dean of Rochdale – the Revd Karen Smeeton
  • The Archdeacon of Rochdale – the Venerable Cherry Vann
  • The Suffragan Bishop of Middleton – the Right Revd. Mark Davies

Key contacts

Role context and any other relevant information

As Deanery MAPs are developed, parishes will be expected to work increasingly collaboratively across parish boundaries on common mission projects and initiatives that foster growth in numbers, discipleship and service.

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

Spirituality and Tradition

  • A person of central tradition who is secure and vibrant in their faith
  • A person of prayer
  • A person who is flexible and creative in liturgy and worship
  • A person with a passion for sharing the good news

Experience and Understanding

  • Has completed IME 4-7 and the learning outcomes to incumbent status
  • Can demonstrate effective working with schools
  • Has understanding of working with young people especially in voluntary organisations
  • Has developed ways of engaging in mission and service to the community
  • Has experience of work in multi parish benefices

Skills and Competencies


  • Good at working collaboratively
  • An inspirational communicator of the faith
  • Able to discern and encourage the gifts of lay people
  • Able to organise and delegate effectively

General Attributes

  • Energy and drive
  • A pastoral heart
  • Willing to engage in the whole life of the benefice


The Diocese of Manchester extends over most of Greater Manchester and Rossendale and is characterised by the 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.

Our Mission Goals are to be a "Church for a Different World" which is

  • Growing – 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 the Fit for Mission Strategic Programme Board that includes the three bishops and others with specific gifts in this area.

The Bishop has to resolve to appoint in the 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 property 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 expected 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 and 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 almost 200 church schools and a growing number of academies. Unless there is very good reason otherwise, 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 the minister is encouraged not to act as Chair of Governors. 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 2018 survey 87% 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 take something in the region of 10% of their working time.

Except where required under the terms of 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 Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 to request documentation which will satisfy its requirements of proof of eligibility to work in the UK.


The parishes of Milnrow and Newhey were brought into a united benefice in June 2016 as part of the Rochdale Deanery Plan. Each parish borders the Pennines and each has a significant rural area within the parish boundary. The parishes serve distinct communities which are largely suburban with strong links between church and school in each case. There are no further plans for pastoral re-organisation, though there is a growing expectation that they will join with others in a Mission Unit as part of the diocesan Fit for Mission programme to deliver Church for a Different World.

Rochdale is a diverse deanery with a significant and growing Muslim community mainly in the parishes close to the town of Rochdale and an increasing number of people from various Eastern European countries. The town is the home of the Co-operative movement, and the ‘Rochdale Principles’ of 1844 established the principles on which co-operatives around the world operate today.

There are twenty one parishes in the deanery, served at present by nine FTE stipendiary priests alongside other ordained and lay ministers. The mix of mission and witness in town centre, urban and suburban communities, deprived estates and rural villages make this a particularly interesting and diverse deanery to be part of.