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Incumbent of St John the Baptist Hey

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


The PCC of St John’s Hey is looking for an experienced, energetic and well organised leader with a heart for people of all ages and a desire to nurture congregations in their discipleship.

Post Introduction

She/he will:

  • be skilled in developing effective teams
  • be willing and able to foster vocations to lay and ordained ministries
  • be willing to work with the neighbouring parish and its incumbent in helping the churches reach out and serve the community of Lees
  • be an able teacher and preacher
  • have the gifts to encourage older people as well as young families in the faith
  • be able to engage effectively with schools

Main Responsibility

  • To work with the PCC in the ongoing development and implementation of the Mission Action Plan
  • To nurture discipleship amongst young and old alike
  • To foster vocations to lay and ordained ministries
  • To work with the incumbent and PCC of Leesfield to develop a common vision of and mission to Lees
  • To build on the strong links with the local schools

The Ideal Candidate

Spirituality and Tradition

Applicants for the post should:

  • Have an inclusive theology that welcomes everyone
  • Have the Eucharist at the heart of their spirituality
  • Be liturgically flexible and creative
  • Be comfortable and at ease in leading worship for all ages

Experience and understanding

Applicants should be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Experience of helping people at all stages of their faith journey to grow in their discipleship
  • An understanding of the importance of churches working together
  • Experience of strengthening links with schools
  • An understanding of occasional offices as mission opportunities
  • An understanding of the church’s role in matters of social justice

Skills and competencies

Applicants should be able to show

  • Strong leadership and organisational skills
  • The ability to relate well to families and young people
  • Skill in building effective teams,
  • An ability to discern and foster vocations
  • Competence in teaching and preaching
  • An ability to create a culture of learning and growing in the faith

General Attributes

  • Someone who is enthusiastic and energetic
  • An excellent communicator
  • A loving, caring pastor

About Us


Until very recently, St John’s was part of the Medlock Head Team in the Deanery of Oldham East. The team has been dissolved in order to reconfigure the parishes in the central band of the deanery and to enable St John’s to link with St Thomas’ Leesfield in serving their common community of Lees. The parishes have met together on a number of occasions to explore how they might work closer together and to prepare for the time when the two benefices will share a stipendiary priest.

Oldham East is a diverse deanery with significant and growing Muslim communities from both Pakistan and Bangladesh, as well as an increasing number of people from Eastern Europe. The Saddleworth Team makes up a large part of the deanery and other parishes have rural fringes that border the Saddleworth Moors. There is breadth of church traditions within the deanery and two parishes looking to the Bishop of Beverley for episcopal oversight. The Area Dean is of that tradition and works hard to build a sense of unity and mutual trust amongst the clergy.

The 17 parishes in the deanery are served at present by 9 FTE stipendiary priests alongside other ordained and authorised lay ministers. The Deanery Mission and Pastoral Committee  has just begun work on a Deanery Mission Action Plan.

For further details  please check the website:

website: www.st-john-hey.org

blogsite: st-john-hey.blogspot.co.uk

facebook: www.facebook.com/stjohnshey



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


Closing date: Friday 2nd March 2018

Interview date: 12th March 2018


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