INCUMBENT: Bury Roch Valley and St John the Baptist, Bircle. (Incumbent status to be held in plurality)

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Bury
Clergy

The Parishes of Bury Roch Valley and St John the Baptist, Bircle are at an exciting cross roads on our journey together, are you the person to lead us in this new season?

This post uniquely combines elements of both urban and rural ministry, all within a few miles of the town centre of Bury, a thriving market town, with excellent transport links to Manchester.

All of the congregations within our mission partnership are looking for a vibrant and enthusiastic priest to maximise our potential for growth and change.

In line with the ongoing strategy of the Diocese of Manchester, to be “A Church for a Different World,” we are working to find new ways to reach out, especially towards children and young people.

For further information contact the Archdeacon of Bolton:

e-mail: archbolton@manchester.anglican.org

Tel. 0161 761 6117

Closing date: 23rd May 2019

Interview date: 17th June 2019

DBS enhanced disclosure is required

The person appointed to this post will hold both incumbencies in plurality. This partnership consists of three churches, with a combination of distinct difference and strong similarities. The Mission Partnership, whilst having been in existence for some time, has not worked productively together, rather as separate units. The expectation is for a stronger working relationships and collaborative ministries across the partnership. Each congregation holds its own challenges in terms of mission, ministry and pastoral support. The partnership itself is developing and finding its feet as the parishes learn to work together. The Mission Partnership is part of the Bury Deanery, within which a breadth of church traditions is evident.

Generally, attendance at chapter meetings and Deanery Synod meetings is good and clergy within the deanery, including the incumbent of Bury Roch Valley and St John’s, Bircle 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.

The Incumbent will be expected to build up the faith of the Church by:

  • Day to day responsibility for St Peter, St Thomas (Bury Roch Valley) and St John the Baptist, (Bircle).
  • Lead the development of closer links between the Churches, valuing their differences and enabling the churches to understand their similarities.
  • To maintain and develop close and effective links with the schools within the benefices, ensuring that the governing roles at St Peter’s, St Luke’s, Roch Valley and St Thomas are fulfilled.
  • To develop the depth of the faith and spiritual life of both ordained and lay within the team.
  • To nurture and develop lay involvement, helping lay people to discover their gifts and to use them in church and in the community
  • To contribute to the development of children’s and youth work within the benefice.

Spirituality and Tradition

Essential

  • Person of prayer.
  • Person that demonstrates a deep and robust faith
  • Someone sensitive to the differences across the three church communities.
  • Spiritually robust

Desirable

Experience and Understanding

Essential

  • Experience of collaborative ministry; able to develop unity across diverse communities.
  • A leader who encourages and develops the gifts of others, able to delegate well.
  • Someone who is mission orientated.
  • Good motivator, enthusiastic with a good sense of humour

Desirable

  • Experience of rural and urban settings

Skills and Competencies

Essential

  • Experience of working in schools
  • Experience as a school governor.
  • Able to develop an environment in all three churches that encourage children and youth people to feel part of those communities.
  • Able to develop links with the wider Parish community and build up the links already established.
  • Someone with fresh ideas, new ways of thinking.
  • Experience of Mission Action Planning and being able to take existing plans forward.

Desirable

  • Competent Administrator, able to use modern technology

General Attributes

Essential

  • Welcoming and friendly approach
  • Willing to play a full part in the life of the Deanery
  • Comfortable to work ecumenically

We are seeking a person who will be:

  • a person of prayer, able to help deepen our faith journey together.
  • a collaborative leader, willing and able to share leadership.
  • able to bring our churches together to engage with the life of the communities we represent.
  • enthusiastic about engaging with schools and helping to develop our work with children and young people.
  • a good motivator, with a good sense of humour, able to help us develop new ideas.

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Generally, attendance at chapter meetings and Deanery Synod meetings is good and clergy within the deanery, including the incumbent of Bury Roch Valley and St John’s, Bircle 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.