We are seeking an Associate Hub Leader to work alongside the Hub Leader to bring the existing two parishes (three churches) together to serve the local community and lead them forward into a vibrant future. Called Wigan NorthWest, the Parish/Hub will become a single parish in January 2020 which will at the same time become part of a deanery-wide Team Benefice made up of seven larger single parishes from the existing 29 parishes in the Wigan Deanery.
The parishes are part of a wider movement, Church Wigan, engaged in a 7-year strategic development project of the Church Commissioners called ‘Transforming Wigan’ with the key objective of turning around the mission and financial strength of the Deanery of Wigan. The Deanery Vision, adopted in 2015, is to enable one in ten people in Wigan to be on the journey of discipleship with Jesus by 2022. The mission strategy is to make and grow disciples of Jesus in many Worship Communities led and nurtured in seven Hubs together forming one Church Wigan.
Closing Date: 28th November 2018
Interviews: 12th December 2018
The two parishes of St Francis of Assisi, Kitt Green with St Barnabas, Marsh Green and St Luke’s Orrell have come together to form a single Parish/Hub. All three churches are seeking to reach out further into their communities while allowing God to renew and re-energise their traditional worship.
Between them the three churches have a range of worshipping traditions and styles but the Eucharist is important across all locations. We have a range of initiatives working with local authority and charity partners to develop services for those struggling with addiction. Other work across the hub includes outreach to local schools and a couple of the further education colleges.
The Hub Leadership Team is building and will comprise the Hub Leader, Associate Hub Leader and Local Missional Leaders. The churches are also supported by a Reader and Reader in training, and some retired clergy.
The church is looking for a priest who will:
Our ideal candidate will have:
For more information about this application process, please use this link
For many years we have been working to achieve growth in our diocese. We have used different ways to express this but the aim and direction of travel has remained the same – consistent with the whole of the Church of England. When Bishop Paul was installed he adopted our growth agenda refreshing it by saying ‘we are asking God for a bigger church so we can make a bigger difference; more people knowing Jesus more justice in the world’
This is how we express our mission.
We think we will achieve this mission if we have
100 new congregations
1,000 new leaders
to help us do this we are calling every worshipping Christian in our diocese to