We are seeking a Team Rector who can offer strong, visionary and energetic leadership for the emerging new Team of four churches. The new priest will develop our collaborative approach to mission and ministry, both with the Team Vicar, reader and ALMs and the wider congregation in the spirit of ‘Setting God’s People free’. We wish to appoint a Team Rector who is deeply pastoral and can preach with insight and understanding. Schools ministry is a vital part of our outreach.
The Team uses Common Worship, though St Mark’s have adopted CW in traditional language along with the Book of Common Prayer (used at Choral Evensong with robed choir).
We are committed to growing spiritually and numerically, in depth of discipleship and in service to our local communities.
The closing date for applications is 7th February 2020
The date of interview will be 21st February 2020
Role Description: Team Rector, Worsley Team
Diocese of Manchester
Role Description signed off by: The Archdeacon of Salford
To be reviewed 6 months after commencement of the appointment, and after three years
Role Title: Team Rector
Name of benefice: The Worsley Team
Initial point of contact on Terms of Service: The Archdeacon of Salford
3. Key contacts
The PCC and DCCs
The Team Council
The Deanery Chapter, Synod and Mission and Pastoral Committee
Priest-in-Charge, PCC and officers of Holy Rood, Swinton
The Staff at Church House
Head teachers of local schools
Clergy Leaders in Worsley, Ellenbrook and Boothstown
Members of Churches Together in Worsley
The Area Dean
The Suffragan Bishop
4. Role context and any other relevant information
The Worsley Team and Holy Rood Swinton established a Mission Partnership in and recently it has begun to work towards deeper integration, by enlarging the Team. They are united in their desire to promote mission, deepen the spirituality and discipleship of the laity and strengthen collaborative working among the congregations. The Team recognises the need to encourage more vocations and pay its Share in full.
Person Specification for the Team Rector of The Worsley Team
See Role description
E = Essential
D = Desirable
Spirituality and tradition
Applicants for the post should
Experience and understanding
Applicants should be able to demonstrate the following
Skills and competencies
Applicants should be able to show
For more information about this application process, please use this link
Team Rector of the Worsley Team
DIOCESAN STATEMENT OF NEEDS AND EXPECTATIONS
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 vison 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
Guided by this vision, the Diocese is engaged on a process of strategic planning for the future, led by a ‘Strategic Programme Board’ 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.
The benefice lies at the western side of the Deanery of Eccles as it is now and would be in central part of the new deanery if the proposed restructuring happens (see below). It is mostly sub-urban.
Eccles is a diverse deanery. There is a wide range of church traditions within the deanery, with 3 parishes, (Swinton and Pendlebury, St Michael and All Angels Peel Green and St Mary Magdalen Winton) looking to the Bishop of Beverley for episcopal oversight. There 15 parishes in the deanery and 9 fulltime stipendiary priests currently in post, one House for Duty Post and one parish designated as 0.5. They serve alongside other ordained and Authorised Lay Ministers.
The diocese is working towards a radical restructuring in order to harness most effectively the resources we have for mission. The proposal is that there will be 7 rather than 20 deaneries and that Eccles will be brought together with the Salford and Leigh deanerys. Full time Area Deans will oversee mission units/clusters that will involve parishes working together, served by a range of stipendiary, self-supporting and lay ministers. An extensive consultation process is due to begin on November 1st and end in February. The challenge is great, but we are excited at what God is doing amongst us and where God is leading us. We are a church in transition, committed to delivering the radical changes that are required to grow the Church of the future.