Team Rector: Farnworth, Kearsley and Stoneclough

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Is God calling you to share in the next exciting stage of our journey as a Team at Farnworth, Kearsley and Stoneclough?

We are a Team of Churches comprising three parishes and four places of worship that are united in our desire to be welcoming, inclusive and growing communities. Through our Mission Action Plans, we aim to reach out to our local communities, see discipleship develop within the Church family and wish to continue to enhance our provision for children and young people.

We realise that change is an essential part of growth.

As change is an essential part of growth we are seeking a Team Rector who will be:

  • A person with a deep faith.
  • A visionary and strategic thinker, able to develop the mission of the Team for future sustainability and growth.
  • A collaborative leader, willing and able to share leadership.
  • A person who understands the strategic investment and opportunities for mission and ministry in schools.
  • Someone who has experience of developing and leading discipleship within the Church community.
  • Someone willing to be an agent of change

We are looking to build up the faith of the Church by:

  • Continuing to develop a structure of discipleship that will enable Gods people to grow the depth of their relationship with God and with each other.
  • Continuing to engage with the local communities, incorporating better use of social media.
  • Maintaining and developing stronger links with the schools both primary and secondary within the area. To hold an ex officio governor at St John, Kearsley CE Primary School and All Saints, Farnworth, CE Primary School.
  • Encouraging and developing further the environment where the gifts and talents of all ages are utilised within the church and community. To continue to enable lay and ordained ministries to be released.
  • To seek to develop a closer working relationship within the Team setting and also with ecumenical partners.

Spirituality and Tradition


  • Person with a deep faith.
  • Person who can respect, work with and lead a range of church traditions across the Team


  • Open to the outworking of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Experience and Understanding


  • Experience of collaborative ministry; willing and able to share leadership.
  • A leader who encourages and develops the gifts of others – someone who is willing to lead but listens well.
  • A visionary and strategic thinker, someone who will be able to develop the mission of the Team for future sustainability and growth.
  • Experience of developing and leading discipleship within the church community.


  • Evidence of raising both lay and ordained ministry.
  • Experience of the ability to work with different generations

Skills and Competencies


  • Experience of working in schools
  • Experience as a school governor.
  • Good communicator: able to share in an accessible way.
  • Able to develop links with the wider Parish community and build upon the links already established.


  • Competence in IT
  • Experience of Messy Church
  • Experience working with vulnerable adults.

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

The Farnworth, Kearsley and Stoneclough Team is located at the south-eastern end of the Bolton Deanery. This is one of three large team ministries in a deanery which includes the town centre with its civic church and some single parish benefices serving a demographically wide range of communities. In some parts of the deanery there is considerable financial wealth and others very high levels of deprivation.

A breadth of church traditions is evident in the deanery and there is a high level of mutual respect for these traditions amongst and between the congregations and clergy. Generally, attendance at chapter meetings and Deanery Synod meetings is good and clergy within the deanery, including those in the Farnworth, Kearsley and Stoneclough Team, have valued the support afforded by the chapter and synod. The deanery also has a very active Mission and Pastoral Committee which regularly reviews the Deanery Mission Action Plan.