Incumbent of Middleton and Thornham
St Leonard's Middleton and St John's Thornham
The PCCs of St Leonard’s Middleton and St John’s Thornham are looking for an inspirational team builder who is spirit-led, forward looking, with a heart for mission and evangelism. S/he will stand in the open evangelical tradition and be keen to see the churches grow and church members to become whole-life disciples.
The new Rector will be someone who is
Role Description signed off by: The Archdeacon of Rochdale
To be reviewed after 6 months
Details of Post
Role Title: Incumbent
Name of benefice: Middleton and Thornham
Deanery: Heywood and Middleton
Initial point of contact on Terms of Service: The Archdeacon of Rochdale
The churchwardens and PCCs of the Benefice
The Deanery Chapter, Synod and Mission and Pastoral Committee
The Staff at Church House
Middleton Parish Church School
St Anne’s Academy
Boarshaw Community Primary School
St John’s CE (Aided) Primary School
The Area Dean Revd. Frances Guite
The Archdeacon Ven. Cherry Vann
The Suffragan Bishop Right Revd. Mark Davies
Role context and any other relevant information
There are no plans for further pastoral re-organisation of the benefice. The new incumbent will have a key task, with others, of developing the emerging mission cluster with the benefices of Castleton, Langley and Tonge cum Alkrington.
Person Specification for the role of Incumbent of Middleton and Thornham
E = Essential
D = Desirable
Spirituality and Tradition
Applicants for the post should be
a)a person of prayer; open to the Holy Spirit (E)
b) a priest with a heart for mission (E)
c) comfortable with a breadth of styles of worship (E)
d) a bible based preacher (E)
Experience and understanding
Applicants should be able to demonstrate the following:
a) experience of working collaboratively with other ordained and accredited lay ministers (E)
b) proven skills in leadership (E)
c) experience of Mission Action Planning (D)
d) an ability to discern and encourage the ministries of others (E)
e) experience of working effectively with schools (D)
Skills and competencies
Applicants should be able to show:
a) proven skills in building, leading and managing effective teams (E)
b) excellent communication skills with all age groups (E)
c) an ability and a willingness to delegate (E)
d) an ability to relate to and engage with children and young families (E)
Applicants should be
a) a confident and inspirational team player (E)
b) a person of vision who can bring people with them (E)
c) an encourager (E)
d) approachable and empathetic (E)
e) secure in themselves (E)
For more information about this application process, please use this link
Rector of Middleton and Thornham
DIOCESAN STATEMENT OF NEEDS AND EXPECTATIONS
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 vison 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.
We have a specific missionary vision, values and goals:
Faith, Hope and Love
We run with perseverance the race that is set before us… with our eyes fixed on Jesus
Guided by this vision, the Diocese is engaged on a process of strategic planning for the future, shaped by our vision to become Church for a Different World. The Fit for Mission programme is the tool by which we seek to make this vision a reality. It is led by a Steering Group 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 strongly encouraged 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 192 church schools and a growing number of academies. Unless there is very good reason, 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 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 2015 survey 91.6% 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 Priests (Ordination of Women) Measure 1993 or 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.
Heywood and Middleton Deanery is part of the Borough of Rochdale with the two towns of Heywood and Middleton giving the deanery a natural focus. Alongside some fairly affluent areas, there are some poorer pockets, including the Langley estate. The deanery is blessed with a large number of church schools which bring opportunity for mission, not least amongst those families who come to church in order to qualify for places at Church of England Secondary Schools. There are no churches in the deanery that have passed resolutions in relation to the ministry of ordained women. The clergy chapter works well and goes away twice a year for spiritual nourishment and mutual support.
There are 8 benefices (11 parishes) served by stipendiary priests working collaboratively alongside other ordained and authorised lay ministers. As part of the Fit for Mission programme, the deanery is shaping itself around two mission clusters of four benefices each and is developing ways of engaging in mission together, sharing resources (including lay and ordained ministries) and making better use of the church buildings that are fit for purpose.
An external evaluation of the Fit for Mission programme has taken place which captures learning from the pilot deaneries and offer some pointers and recommendations as we seek to make the vision of being Church for a Different World a reality across the diocese.