Team Vicar

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The Benefice of Atherton & Hindsford with Howe Bridge – St. John the Baptist Atherton, St. Philip Atherton, St. George Atherton and St. Michael & All Angels Howe Bridge - is busy and serves communities which still instinctively look to the church for spiritual and pastoral care. Though there is much traditional ministry here, with lots of occasional offices and special services, the congregations are looking to deepen their own discipleship as well as building on the current high level of involvement in the communities.

The parishes have a modern catholic tradition. As schools work is a vital and vibrant element of the benefice’s ministry and outreach we are want to appoint someone with experience of children’s and young persons’ ministry.

Closing date: Tuesday 21 May 2019

Interview date: Tuesday 4 June 2019

Further information available from the Archdeacon of Salford

Contact: email

Tel: 0161 828 1423

DBS enhanced disclosure is required

We are seeking someone who has a passion for reaching out to share the Good News of Jesus Christ and who is eager to encourage lay members to grow and take on leadership roles

We will be appointing a Team Vicar who will be principal Minister for one or more of the congregations across the benefice; we seek a prayerful, pastoral, sensitive and sociable priest who can bring energy and imagination to the role and who can establish a good working relationship with the Team Rector.


  • To be Principal Minister for at least one church in the Benefice of Atherton and Hindsford with Howe Bridge
  • To maintain close and effective links with local schools being a school governor in at least one school and chaplain in at least one school
  • To contribute to the development and implementation of a strategy for mission for the benefice
  • To seek ways of using the pastoral offices in outreach
  • To nurture and develop lay involvement in the benefice
  • To seek to deepen the faith of those in the congregations leading to identification and nurturing of vocations
  • To seek ways for the Church to be a beacon of light in the community

Personal Qualities

The most important qualities are:

  • Holds views in keeping with the principles underlying our vision and church tradition.
  • Has a passion for reaching out to people to share faith in Jesus Christ growing his church in the process.
  • Has strong desire for team and collaborative working.
  • Energy and resilience to thrive in this busy Benefice.
  • Eager to encourage lay members to grow and take on leadership roles within the church.
  • Ability to work with, and relate to, children and young people.
  • Is organised, efficient and diligent in their patterns of work.
  • Dynamic, enthusiastic and positive.
  • Is caring, compassionate, sensitive, sociable and can relate to all ages.
  • And of course, have a strong and prayerful personal faith.


To have experience in:

  • Children and young persons’ ministry.
  • Listening to, and working with, colleagues, congregations and church councils.
  • Identifying and nurturing new believers and our congregations’ gifts and talents.
  • Ministry of those with a ‘lifetime’ of experience.
  • Developing new ways of being church.
  • Outreach and mission.
  • And ideally, everything else(!) including leadership, community engagement, church building management and finance.

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We can offer the new Team Vicar:

  • very faithful churches who want to grow and develop
  • people who want to work collaboratively as part of a cooperative team
  • a willingness to try something different
  • an interesting and varied life

The United Benefice of Atherton and Hindsford with Howe Bridge is a great place to be. Maybe God is calling you to share in the ministry of this place; only through prayer and exploration will you know.

Where are Atherton, Hindsford and Howe Bridge? We are located in the North West of Manchester in the Deanery of Leigh. Only 12 miles from the city centre, served by both railway and a guided bus route, and are well placed to the

motorway network. In addition, the towns of Bolton, Wigan and Leigh are close by.

The community of Atherton, Hindsford and Howe Bridge was originally built upon the manufacture of nails, nuts and bolts, followed by the highly successful industries of mining and cotton. Although these are now long gone, two mills remain having been taken over for retail and social/leisure activities. Historically it is a family orientated Lancashire town with a mix of professionals, skilled tradespeople, semi and unskilled. Since there is little in the way of industry or large employers, many people commute to Manchester or local towns.