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:
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
Church Websites: www.newheychurch.org.uk
To be reviewed 6 months after commencement of the appointment, and after three years
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
Experience and Understanding
Skills and Competencies
DIOCESAN STATEMENT OF NEEDS AND EXPECTATIONS
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
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.