Incumbent of St Paul, Withington

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Withington, Manchester

The Diocese of Manchester is seeking a new priest in the Withington Deanery.

“St Paul’s is a friendly inclusive worshipping community, where we explore our faith, experience God’s love and find a sense of belonging”

St Paul’s seeks to

  • continue their journey of growth in Christ,
  • build on the strong, eclectic music tradition
  • grow spiritually and numerically

We are looking for a prayerful and loving minister to

  • lead collaboratively with the St Paul’s team
  • play a full and engaging part in the Deanery
  • strengthen the community connections
  • value the lay ministry exercised in the parish
  • bring your own skills and gifts to resource the building of God’s kingdom

To arrange a parish visit or for an informal chat then please contact Archdeacon Karen Lund on 0161 828 1423 or

Closing date: 2nd November 2018

Interviews: 30th November 2018

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

Role Title: Incumbent

Name of benefice(s): Withington, St Paul’s

Deanery: Withington

Archdeaconry: Manchester

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


  • 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

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 excluded

  • To share in the wider work of the deanery and diocese as appropriate, for the building up of the whole Body of Christ

Key contacts


  • The Church Wardens and PCC of Withington, St Paul
  • The Deanery Chapter, Synod and Mission and Pastoral Committee
  • The Staff at Church House


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

Spirituality and Tradition


  • A prayerful and a loving minister who will be committed to on-going spiritual discernment in mission.
  • A priest able to lead collaboratively, together a willing team into the future.


  • Experience of working in diverse communities.

Experience and Understanding


  • Experience of helping the church build on its connections within the community and an awareness of the skills needed to minister in an inclusive context.

Skills and Competencies


  • Able to help the church grow and to develop the Diocesan Vision.
  • Able to motivate and encourage lay leadership, amongst committed and active members of the church.
  • To support the parish in its mission, and to clarify priorities in its Mission Action Plan.
  • To work collaboratively and engage with other colleagues in the deanery and to participate in the Deanery Vision


  • Ability to prioritise and enable work amongst the numerous groups, including young and old and mixed socio-economic status.

General Attributes


  • Compassionate, kind, inclusive and approachable with a broad theological perspective. Able to live and share the good news of Jesus Christ to all.


  • An open and welcoming priest

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

Withington, St Paul’s


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.

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 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 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 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 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 a 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 takes 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 the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 to request documentation which will satisfy its requirements of proof of eligibility to work in the UK.


The Deanery of Withington is a diverse group of parishes at the southern tip of the Diocese of Manchester: from the student areas of Ladybarn and Withington in the north, through the affluent communities around Didsbury, to the large garden city of Wythenshawe. The deanery includes three institutions whose chaplaincies form an active and valuable part of Deanery life: The Christie hospital, Wythenshawe Hospital and Manchester Airport.

The clergy Chapter provides a strong, inclusive and energised fellowship and the Deanery Synod and Deanery Mission and Pastoral Committee are exploring new ways of partnership working between parishes and informal groups. Deanery Synod encouraged parishes to work towards adopting the Inclusive Church statement and set a target to adopt it by Easter 2018. Withington Deanery is now an inclusive Deanery with all parishes signed up and participating. The 12 parishes within the deanery are working towards two clusters – one in the north and the other in the south – to strengthen and support ministry across the deanery. St Michael’s, together with the neighbouring parish of St John’s Brooklands and the Wythenshawe Team will form the southern cluster. There are currently 9.5 stipendiary parish priests and 1 vacant post making an allocation of 10.5 for the deanery. There is also a 0.5 Deanery Fresh Expressions Enabler in post.