Interim Minister: 3 Year Post. Radcliffe Team: St Mary, St Thomas & St John with St Philips

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Radcliffe, Manchester

St Mary’s, St Thomas and St John’s with St Philips are looking forward to beginning a new phase of their journey together. We are seeking an experienced priest to be our Interim Minister who will help us coordinate, cooperate and work more effectively together to share God’s message of hope not just within the Churches but helping us to increasingly look outward towards the wider community of Radcliffe. The Interim Minister will also play a vital role within the Deanery as we consider the wider Deanery Plan and the developing of larger Missional Partnerships.

We are seeking an Interim Minister who is:

  • An ordained minister in the Church of England having served at least one incumbency/Interim post
  • Able to develop leadership both lay and ordained.
  • gifted in making disciples and enabling us to do the same.
  • Is creative and collaborative, who will enable new and exciting ways of being Church in the neighbourhood.
  • Able to work strategically and has experience of change management.

This post comes with a stipend and housing.

Interviews will be held on Thursday 14th February 2019

To provide interim leadership within the Radcliffe Team of St Mary’s, St Thomas and St John’s and St Phillips to enable the benefice to equip itself more effectively for mission, prepare the way for a future pattern of ministry and determine the kind of minister required in the long term.

To work with the Area Dean and other clergy colleagues to explore the development of a larger Mission Unit with the Radcliffe Area. With the aim to ensure the long term viability of the Church within the local area.

  • To work with the churches identified by the Deanery Plan and possibly others for a period of three years.
  • To provide good leadership that will include developing good relationships with the churchwardens and clergy of the parishes and working collaboratively with them to identify corporate mission objectives and collaborative ways of working together.
  • To undertake a strategic review of the building requirements of the benefice and ensure buildings are fit for purpose as a resource for mission. (The significant structural problems at St Mary’s will continue to be the responsibility of the Church Wardens – assisted when necessary by the Interim Minister.)
  • To assist the benefice toward a firm, sustainable financial footing so that it can meet all its obligations in full, including payment to the Common Fund.
  • By its nature the role will change and vary therefore a flexible approach will be required.
  • The interim minister is likely to be involved in helping the benefice and partner churches
  • Come to terms with the past, lose old fears and find new hopes
  • Discover a fresh identity
  • Consider its future witness, mission and ministry
  • Reassess its resources, needs and priorities
  • See where and how it needs to change, and work through the inevitable transition
  • Make plans for the future
  • Prepare for the next chapter of its life



  • Ordained priest of the Church of England
  • Robust and deep faith


  • Degree in Theology



  • Evidence of experience in managing change.
  • Knowledge and understanding different learning styles and how to use them to teach and lead


  • Knowledge of strategies designed to transform conflict and evidence of examples when such strategies have been put to good use



  • Significant experience of parochial ministry including at least one at incumbency or interim post.
  • Experience of being an effective leader in a variety of contexts
  • Evidence of an understanding of the nature and benefits or collaborative ministry and of good practice
  • Be able to demonstrate an ability to work comfortably with, and respect the broad range of traditions in the Church of England, both liturgically and doctrinally


  • Ability to develop and nurture lay and ordained ministry.



  • Excellent interpersonal skills and emotional literacy to build strong working relationships to deliver on the key aims
  • Able to work well at both a strategic level and with individuals and to handle conflict well.
  • Demonstrable ability to balance the needs of the parish with other aspects of this post


  • Evidence of good pastoral skills
  • Problem solving skills with attention to detail and accuracy

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

As part of the “Fit for Mission,” strategy, the Diocese encourages a flexible model of working within Deaneries, in which parishes and other expressions of church are organised for mission in a variety of ‘units’ appropriate to their context and circumstances, with an emphasis on PARTNERSHIP. As part of this process Radcliffe and Prestwich Deanery is in the process of reflecting on how we can do things differently moving into the future.

The Deanery of Radcliffe and Prestwich is currently in the process of developing a new Deanery Mission Action Plan which will take into account individual Parish Mission Action Plans, but will also include a review of our resources; in particular, the deployment of clergy, readers and authorised ministers and our buildings.

The parishes of the Radcliffe Team are looking for someone who will enable them to become a proper functioning Missional Partnership and to enable them to creatively and imaginatively work together.

Someone who will be able to increasingly help the churches to work together with an Upward focus; God centred. Inward focus; developing and releasing all member ministry and an Outward focus; with a realisation of the great opportunities and great needs of the area and willing to push the churches to be mindful of both the great commandment and the great commission as imperatives, in order to ensure that we have a worshipping, growing and transformative Christian presence at the heart of every community.

The Interim Ministry will also be expected to play a part in the wider Deanery development, which may include a larger Missional Partnership with neighbouring Churches. It is an exciting time to be joining The Radcliffe and Prestwich Deanery and the Diocese of Manchester.