A new vacancy for a Parish Priest in Manchester.
Do you feel called to come and serve a vibrant and diverse congregation? The Good Shepherd and St Barnabas are looking to welcome their next priest who will be prayerful, gentle and able to share spiritual wisdom with this special congregation.
This is an opportunity for creative ministry with good lay support as the parish continues Christ’s mission to the worshiping congregation and to the community. The parish is situated within a 2-mile radius of Manchester City Centre.
Are you able to support us in growing new disciples and continuing our spiritual and numerical growth?
If you are ready for new challenges and new blessings in the Diocese of Manchester, as the next step in your ministerial vocation, then please get in touch.
Further details and an application pack available from:
For an informal chat, in the first instance, please contact Venerable Karen Lund, Archdeacon of Manchester on 0161 828 1423 or by email at KarenLund@manchester.anglican.org
Closing date: 9th February 2018
Interview date: 27th February 2018
Diocese of Manchester
‘worshipping, growing and transformative Christian presence at the heart of every community’
To be reviewed 6 months after commencement of the appointment, and after three years
Details of Post
Role Title: Incumbent
Name of benefice(s): The Good Shepherd and St Barnabas
Initial point of contact on terms of service: The Archdeacon of Manchester
- To exercise the cure of souls shared with the bishop in this parish in collaboration with your colleagues
- To have regard to the calling and responsibilities of the clergy as described in the Canons, the Ordinal, the Code of Professional Conduct for the Clergy, and other relevant legislation.
- To work to advance the Kingdom of God through servant leadership, collaboration and example, and with particular regard to the current diocesan mission vision and mission goals
- Growing - growing new disciples in missionary church communities which are younger, more diverse, active and spiritually engaged
- Nurturing - increasing vocations, nurturing new and existing disciples, increasing financial giving
- Serving -present for all, speaking and acting prophetically for justice, supporting pastorally especially the vulnerable, deprived and excluded
To share in the wider work of the deanery and diocese as appropriate, for the building up of the whole Body of Christ.
The Ideal Candidate
Spirituality and Tradition
- Comfortable across diverse traditions and able to hold differing expressions of worship (essential)
- Prayerful and a loving minister (desirable)
- Awareness of the diversity of the church and wider community (desirable)
Experience and Understanding
- Experience of developing ministry in an ethnically, diverse community (essential)
- Experience of helping the church connect with the community (essential)
- Experience of working in schools (desirable)
- Experience of working amongst all ages (desirable)
Skills and Competencies
- Able to help the church grow in spiritual depth, and to be able to work in a collaborative way (essential)
- Able to motivate and encourage existing and new lay leadership (essential)
- Able to encourage lay participation in Deanery and Diocesan discussion and to work with the parish in developing its Mission Action Plan (essential)
- To support the parish in its mission for social justice and addressing issues of poverty and deprivation (essential)
- Experience of working with issues around immigration (desirable)
- Wiling to explore new models of mission and to engage with the challenge of restrictions in the Church building (desirable)
- Desire to work wider than the parish and within an ecumenical context (desirable)
- A person of prayer. Friendly, inclusive and approachable (essential)
The Diocese of Manchester extends over most of Greater Manchester and Rossendale and is characterised by its extraordinary diversity of communities and cultures. The vibrancy that this gives to life makes it a joyful and hopeful place to pursue God’s mission. The overall vision of the Diocese is to establish
‘a worshipping, growing and transformative Christian presence at the heart of every community’
and we firmly believe there is an opportunity to do so at this point on our journey of faith.
We have a specific missionary vision, values and goals:
Faith, Hope and Love
We run with perseverance the race that is set before us… with our eyes fixed on Jesus
- Our Mission Goals – to be a Church which is growing
- growing new disciples in missionary church communities which are younger, more diverse, active and spiritually engaged
- increasing vocations, nurturing new and existing disciples, increasing financial giving
- present for all, speaking and acting prophetically for justice, supporting pastorally especially the vulnerable, deprived and excluded
Guided by this vision, the Diocese is engaged on a process of strategic planning for the future, led by a ‘Strategic Implementation Team’ that includes the three bishops and others with specific gifts in this area.
The Bishop has the resolve to appoint in this Diocese only clergy who have a clear sense of calling to the particular post and are committed, under God, to the Diocesan vision, and its values, inspiration and goals. We believe that mission and ministry are properly undertaken collaboratively, working with neighbouring parishes, specialist and sector ministries, and ecumenical and wider community partners. Clergy will be expected to work collegially with other ordained ministers and lay people to encourage and sustain the wider mission and ministry of the church. Clergy and parishes are strongly encouraged to undertake a process of ‘Mission Action Planning’.
Clergy are expected to encourage and enable the gifts and ministries of all God’s people and especially to help individuals explore any possible call to ordination (including Ordained Local Ministry), Reader Ministry or Authorised Lay Ministry.
Education is a major factor in the life of the diocese and its mission to young people. There are 192 church schools and a growing number of academies. Unless there is very good reason, where there is a Church School in the parish the minister of that parish is expected to carry out conscientiously the role of ex officio Governor, as part of a wider ministry in the school, although in the case of benefices with several schools no member of the clergy should act as Governor of more than two schools.
We are committed to promoting the well-being of clergy, and in a 2015 survey 91.6% of all the clergy who responded either strongly agreed or agreed with the statement, ‘I enjoy ministry in the Diocese of Manchester’.
It is normal for a priest to have a ministerial interest wider than the benefice itself that takes something in the region of 10% of their working time.
Except where required under the terms of the Priests (Ordination of Women) Measure 1993 or the House of Bishops Declaration on the Ministry of Bishops and Priests 2014 we are committed to ensuring that the Diocese does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of criteria unrelated to their ability to function as a priest in the benefice.
All ministerial appointments in the Diocese are subject to enhanced DBS Disclosure and we are obliged under the requirements of the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 to request documentation which will satisfy its requirements of proof of eligibility to work in the UK.
Ardwick is a small deanery, consisting of 11 places of worship; these function as one team of three, two pairs of churches, and four single churches.
The wide and fascinating diversity found across the deanery, in terms of ethnicity, religion, immigration and social status, means that there is much joy to be found from living and ministering alongside those with different outlooks and cultures. It is an exciting place to be for someone who feels called to the challenging and changing nature of ministry in areas of urban deprivation. Across the deanery there are many church-based projects that seek to address issues such as hunger, homelessness and isolation; these projects include food banks, night shelters and language classes. One stipendiary clergy post includes a half-time role as Deanery Missioner Enabler, supporting this area of work.
Like all deaneries in Manchester Diocese, we are currently in the process of forming a new Deanery Mission Action Plan. This will take into account individual Parish Mission Action Plans but will also include a review of our current work and resources as we plan for the future to ensure that we have a worshipping, growing and transformative Christian presence at the heart of every community.