Incumbent, Sandiway

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We are seeking an incumbent who will support our growing church family.

Potential applicants are welcome to contact the Bishop of Birkenhead on 0151 652 2741 or email

Applications should by preference be made to the Bishop of Birkenhead using the diocesan application form, by 8 May 2019. Details of the post can be found on the diocesan website here including our diocesan application form.

Interviews will be held on 1 June 2019

Alternatively applicants may use the Pathways system. For more information about the Pathways application process, please use this link

St John’s is an open evangelical church, which has equality, diversity and inclusivity at its heart, striving to live as Christlike a life as possible. We are seeking an incumbent who will support our growing church family.

Our parish is fully supportive of women’s ministry.

Our ideal candidate will possess the following qualities:


  • Focused on God, continuing to grow in their own faith and be passionate about helping others to grow and deepen theirs.
  • Live their life by God’s word and encourage others to do so too.


  • A team player.
  • Able to lead and support our successful lay ministry, serving the parish as well as the congregation.
  • Organised and self-motivated yet able to encourage others in the use of their talents.
  • Able to delegate and manage.
  • A good communicator and an effective listener.
  • Open to new views but recognise where tradition is important.


  • Proactive throughout the village community bringing God’s message to all.
  • Committed, available, accessible and approachable.
  • Sociable, warm and friendly, showing kindness to all.
  • Known throughout the community, identifying with and caring for all ages through whatever life brings.
  • Have empathy for all age groups and stages of life and nurture a family church.
  • Maintain a variety of services with relevance to today’s society and to our congregations.
  • Support and encourage us in developing our understanding of the Bible and its relevance in our lives.

The Diocese of Chester is in the province of York in the Church of England, part of the global Anglican Communion. For more information about our life, ministry and work please visit our website We are linked with the Anglican Church of Melanesia in the Solomon Islands and the Dioceses of Aru and Boga in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Diocese covers an area of 1025 square miles, approximately the old Victorian County of Chester, including parts which subsequently became absorbed into Merseyside and Greater Manchester. The Rivers Mersey and Tame approximately delineate the boundary with Liverpool and Manchester. There are areas of dense urban population, mainly in the north, stretching from Birkenhead to East Manchester. There are prosperous suburban regions of West and South Wirral, Chester and south of Manchester, with a mainly rural heartland, bounded by the Derbyshire Pennines and the Welsh Border. The overall population is around 1.6 million.

The diocesan bishop is Peter Forster. He is supported by two suffragan bishops: the Bishop of Birkenhead is Keith Sinclair and the position of Bishop of Stockport is currently vacant.

The Cathedral for the Diocese is in Chester.

The Diocese is divided into two archdeaconries: Chester covering the western half and Macclesfield the eastern, each with nine deaneries. There are 273 parishes, about 100 of which can be described as rural. Compared with many dioceses, there are few teams, and few multi-parish benefices. There are approximately 231 stipendiary clergy. The ministry of Readers and Pastoral Workers is important, with over 400 licensed. The role of self-supporting ministers is increasing, with over 80 in post at present.

Roughly speaking, the Archdeaconry of Macclesfield covers that part of the diocese to the east of the M6, plus the area around Crewe and Nantwich. The Archdeaconry of Chester covers the rest of the diocese to the west of the M6. Each archdeaconry has a broad mix of urban and rural parishes. The Archdeacon of Chester lives in Chester, and the Archdeacon of Macclesfield lives in Congleton. Both now work from Church House, Daresbury.