Team Rector of Walkden and Little Hulton

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We are seeking to appoint a priest who will provide fresh vision and leadership for the Walkden and Little Hulton Team

The Team comprises three churches, St Paul Walkden, St John Little Hulton and St Paul Peel each with its own ‘personality’ but all equally committed to the development of the Team. The Team Rector will take a lead in implementing our Mission Action Plans, encourage vocations and promote the ‘whole life discipleship’ of all our members, nurturing and inspiring people of all ages in the Christian faith. The Team serves a large and growing population in socially diverse communities. There are wonderful opportunities to maintain and develop schools’ ministry across the Team. This is an exciting opportunity for someone with energy and drive, who can get alongside the congregations and help ‘to set God’s people free’.

For an informal chat please contact Archdeacon David Sharples on 0161 828 1423

Please see the following link before creating your application form-

Role Description:Team Rector, Walkden and Little Hulton Team

Role Description signed off by: The Archdeacon of Salford

Date: November 2017

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

Details of Post

Role Title: Team Rector

Name of benefice: Walkden and Little Hulton Team

Deanery: Eccles

Archdeaconry: Salford

Initial point of contact on Terms of Service: The Archdeacon of Salford

Role Purpose


  • 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 priorities
    • for growing churches
    • for increasing giving
    • for serving the wider community
    • for nurturing vocations
  • To share in the wider work of the deanery and diocese as appropriate, for the building up of the whole Body of Christ


  • To provide vision and leadership for the Team and help to develop the identity and cohesion of the Team
  • Maintain and develop links with schools and engage with the young families and children living in the area and to seek to draw them into the full life of the church
  • Identify and encourage vocations to public and accredited ministries
  • To promote the ‘whole life discipleship’ of all members
  • Take a lead in Implementing our Mission Action Plans

Key contacts


  • The PCC
  • The Deanery Chapter, Synod and Mission and Pastoral Committee
  • The Staff at Church House


Names of schools

  • St Paul’s CE Primary, Crompton Street
  • St Paul’s CE Primary Heathside Grove
  • St Paul’s Peel
  • Dukesgate Academy
  • Hilton Lane Primary
  • Wharton Primary


  • Walkden and District Churches Together


  • The Area Dean
  • The Archdeacon
  • The Suffragan Bishop's

Role context and any other relevant information

The Team was formed in 1999 with three stipendiary clergy posts. At the last Team Rector vacancy this was reduced to 2 stipendiary clergy (Team Rector and Team Vicar) along with the Church Army Officer, an OLM, 3 Readers, 1 Reader in training and 6 ALMs. As part of the Diocesan ‘Fit For Mission’ Strategy the Team is exploring ways in which we can work more closely with neighbouring parishes and how to configure ‘mission units’ across the Eccles deanery.

Person Specification for the Team Rector of Walkden and Little Hulton Team

See Role description

E = Essential

D = Desirable

Spirituality and tradition

Applicants for the post should

  • Be mature in their own faith and rooted in a discipline of prayer E
  • Be able to work with a variety of traditions including both traditional and more informal worship E
  • Be able to work with other denominations E
  • Be an able communicator of the faith E

Experience and understanding

Applicants should be able to demonstrate the following

  • Experience in parochial ministry E
  • An understanding of ways of working ecumenically E
  • Experience of schools and young persons’ ministry D

Skills and competencies

Applicants should be able to show

  • Proven skills in leadership E
  • The commitment to help churches grow E
  • The ability to help churches engage with their community D
  • Pastoral care for people of all ages E
  • An ability to organise your own time and other people E
  • Familiarity with fund raising or revenue generation D
  • Be an effective administrator; an ability to delegate appropriately E
  • The ability to work with children and young people E

General attributes

  • A strategic thinker E
  • A person with good people skills E
  • A team player E
  • A good communicator E