Associate Hub Leader - Wigan NorthWest Hub/Parish

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£25393 - £25393

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:

  • share with the Bishop and Hub Leader the oversight of the Parish, leading God’s people to offer Him praise and to proclaim the gospel; ensure the Hub and its Worship Communities are sustained through the ministry of word and sacrament.
  • lead in developing a culture where the making, growing and releasing of disciples is central to the Hub’s life
  • work in partnership with the Hub Leader to change the culture from having a vicar with one or two churches to one where a true team ministry leads and serves across the Hub/Parish
  • with the Hub Leader work to build and lead a collaborative Hub Leadership Team to shape and implement local missional strategy
  • work collaboratively with other leaders to facilitate the rapid change required to establish the new mission culture and accomplish the Deanery and Diocesan vision
  • discern ways to make a bigger difference in the local community, collaborating with local agencies, organisations, and ecumenical links
  • define with the new Parish sustainable and life-giving patterns for the celebration of the Eucharist, worship services, baptisms, confirmations, etc.
  • work with Head Teachers to deepen the new Parish’s relationship and engagement with Church and non-Church Schools.

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • a God-centred, Bible-based, Spirit-filled approach
  • strong leadership skills
  • enthusiasm, passion and energy
  • a proven ability to work collaboratively, equipping and releasing others for ministry
  • humility and self-awareness.

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
10,000 disciples

to help us do this we are calling every worshipping Christian in our diocese to

  • Sign up to the Bishop of Liverpool’s rule of life which will encourage and support us to Read, Learn, Pray, Tell, Serve, Give #RuleOfLife
  • bring 1 friend into the regular worshipping and serving life of the church #BringOneFriend
  • do 10 acts of service or find 10 new points of connection beyond the walls of the church #DoTenThings