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Vicar of St Paul's Royton and Cathloic Missioner

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


This exciting new post combines parish ministry with a mission brief for the broad range of parishes which identify as catholic in the Oldham area and beyond.

Post Introduction

Following the Five Guiding Principles of the House of Bishops Declaration regarding mutual flourishing, this post seeks to help, particularly catholic parishes, to focus on strategies and delivery plans that will foster growth in the Five Marks of Mission and support initiatives for deepening discipleship, spiritual growth, evangelization and engaging with the local community.

A key task will be to build relationships with catholic parishes, initially in the Deaneries of Oldham East and West, supporting them in their mission and building bridges between Society and other catholic parishes.

The post-holder will therefore

  • be a Society priest, confident in their own faith and respectful of the wider traditions in the Church of England.
  • have proven experience in seeing churches of a catholic tradition grow in number, in spiritual health, and in community engagement.
  • have proven experience in working with the wider Church of England structures, whether at deanery or diocesan level.

Role Responsibility

  • To work with the PCC in creating a Mission Action Plan for the whole parish
  • To develop the work with children and young people
  • To foster spiritual growth and discipleship
  • To strengthen existing links with the church school
  • To promote good and effective stewardship

Key Tasks as Catholic Missioner

To build relationships with Catholic parishes, initially in the Deaneries of Oldham East and West, supporting them in their mission and building bridges between Society and other catholic parishes.

This will include working with these parishes:

  • To develop and implement their Mission Action Plans
  • To develop and support initiatives for growing numerically and deepening discipleship and commitment among church members
  • To foster vocations to ordained and lay ministries and the religious life
  • To develop a stronger culture of giving and mutual support
  • To develop a culture of collaboration and the forming of ministry teams or equivalent, within and between parishes
  • To develop appropriate partnerships with the wider community including the wider use of church buildings as community assets

The Ideal Candidate

Spirituality and Tradition

Applicants for the post should:

  • Be a Society priest
  • Be person grounded in prayer
  • Be keen and able to develop the prayer and spiritual lives of all members of the church
  • Experience and understanding

Applicants should be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Experience of working effectively with schools
  • Experience of ministering with young people
  • An understanding of the importance of music in worship

Skills and competencies

Applicants should be able to show:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills
  • Proven skills in leadership
  • A willingness to delegate and to work with teams
  • The ability to help churches engage with their communities
  • The ability to see congregations increase their giving

General Attributes

  • Someone with energy and able to motivate others
  • Someone who is able to use social media for mission and outreach

About Us



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: 9th February 2018

Interview date: 19th February 2018

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