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Incumbent of Holy Family Failsworth

Please Note: The application deadline for this post has now passed.


Holy Family are looking for priest, confident in the Anglo-Catholic tradition of the Church of England and willing to work with neighbouring churches in mission and outreach.

Post Introduction

The new incumbent will be

  • someone with vision and energy
  • passionate about the gospel
  • able to nurture disciples in the faith
  • keen  to discern and encourage vocations to lay and ordained ministries
  • have a pastoral heart

Role Responsibility

  • To work with the PCC in developing a Mission Action Plan
  • To nurture the laity in their discipleship and spirituality
  • To nurture vocations and lay leaders from within the congregation
  • To develop links with the local communities for service and mission
  • To work with the other churches in developing the emerging Mission Unit (see below)
  • To lead the parish in playing a full and active part in the life of the Deanery

The Ideal Candidate

Spirituality and Tradition

Applicants for the post should:

  • Be confident in the Anglo-Catholic Tradition of the Church of England
  • Be a person of prayer with a passion for the gospel
  • Have a strong sense of vocation

Experience and understanding

Applicants should be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Experience of leading a church into growth
  • Experience of nurturing disciples of all ages in the faith
  • An understanding of collaborative ministry
  • Experience of building effective teams
  • Experience of developing links with school

Skills and competencies

Applicants should be able to show:

  • Clear leadership skills that bring people with them
  • Excellent communication skills with all age groups
  • An ability to help churches engage with their communities in mission
  • Skills in encouraging and releasing lay people to live out their vocation
  • An ability and willingness to delegate

General Attributes

  • Someone with vision and energy
  • Someone with a pastoral heart
  • Someone with a good sense of humour
  • Someone with a willingness to be involved in church social and outreach activities

About Us


There are eighteen parishes in the Deanery of Oldham West, forming thirteen benefices. Five come under the sacramental and pastoral care of the Bishop of Beverley; one of which stands in a conservative evangelical tradition. It is a deanery with an increasingly diverse demographic with a growing Muslim population and an increasing number of people from Eastern Europe and further afield, such as Iran.

Like the diocese as a whole, the deanery welcomes diversity and sees it as a gift to the church. The deanery chapter has held a residential with Bishop Glyn as the guest speaker and both clergy and people from parishes under his care feel very well supported at all levels of diocesan life.

In line with the Diocesan Vision, the Deanery Mission and Pastoral Committee has divided the deanery into Mission Units of parishes that will develop mission projects across their respective areas, and strengthen their joint working and their sharing of resources.



For an informal chat, in the first instance, please contact Venerable Cherry Vann, Archdeacon of Rochdale on 0161 678 1454 or by email ar archrochdale@manchester.anglican.org

Closing date: 9th February 2018

Interview date: 19th February 2018


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