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Vicar of Disley

Overview

Applications are invited for the post of Vicar of Disley with Furness Vale, which is attractively situated on the A6 between Stockport and Buxton.

The closing date is Wednesday 27 June. 

Interviews will be held in Disley on Wednesday 18 July.

Those wishing to discuss the post informally are invited to contact either one of the PCC Representatives or the Bishop of Chester:

Mr Paul Watson  01663 765874

paulchristopherwatson@yahoo.co.uk

Mrs Lesley Kincey  01663 763079

lesley.kincey@yahoo.com

Rt Revd Dr Peter Forster  01244 350864

bpchester@chester.anglican.org

Applications may be made through the Pathways system or via our website http://www.chester.anglican.org/support-services/job-vacancies/clergy-vacancies/disley.php

For more information about this application process, please use this link

Post Introduction

The parish is best described as open evangelical.  The communities of Disley and Furness Vale have a strong sense of local identity, and the parish wishes to strengthen its ties with them.

There is strong lay leadership, and a commitment to youth and children’s work, with a full-time lay worker in post.

The PCC finances are in good order.

Local amenities, including schools, are good, and the parish has strong transport links.  There is an excellent modern vicarage.

The parish profile and fact sheet, together with the PCC Accounts, provide further details, including the aspirations which the parish has for the new Vicar.

The Ideal Candidate

We would like to appoint someone who is:

  • An outward-looking person, keen to be involved in the community and to bring more people to know Christ, at whatever level is appropriate for them at the time.
  • A person who is not afraid to try new approaches to contact more people and/or deepen our faith.
  • A  "people  person".  Having  a  good  balance  of  tolerance,  compassion, enthusiasm and a recognition of their own vulnerability and fallibility.
  • A prayerful and Spirit-filled person, with a pastoral heart.

Additional qualities which we would value are:

  • Good biblical knowledge.
  • Good communication skills.
  • A willingness to work with our fellow Christians in the Disley Churches Together Team and more widely.
  • An enthusiasm for the use of music in worship.

About Us

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 www.chester.anglican.org  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.

There are three Bishops: the Bishop of Chester Peter Forster, the Bishop of Birkenhead Keith Sinclair and the Bishop of Stockport Libby Lane.

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.

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