Priest in Charge of Birkenhead Christ Church

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Applications are invited for the post of Priest in Charge of Birkenhead Christ Church.

The closing date is Friday 9 November 2018

Interviews will be held on Thursday 29 November 2018

We are seeking to appoint a Priest-in-Charge for the parish of Birkenhead Christ Church.

For informal enquiries please contact the Bishop of Birkenhead on 0151 652 2741 or email

Applications may be made via the Pathways system or via our website

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

We see ourselves

  • as a welcoming church family offering mutual friendship and support, a family committed to each other and to the entire parish. We are rooted in the love of the Lord and the teaching of the Bible
  • at our Sunday worship and weekday services as reverential, prayerful, and worshipful, following the traditions of the Church of England, yet open to fresh expressions
  • offering a Christian-based outreach to children, families and the elderly, for example through our Tots’ Spot, Fellowship Group and Meet and Eat Lunch Club.
  • having concern for Mission: for the needs of the less well-off and disadvantaged in our town, our country and overseas and making contributions as we are able.
  • as needing to grow our numbers, both for the glory of God and to help us improve our finances. We look particularly towards reaching out to the wider community, our school and families and young people.

We are looking fora priest in charge who can:

  • offer a model of faith and discipleship energised by a personal spiritual discipline
  • lead the church decisively yet delegate and work collaboratively, nurturing the gifts of all
  • communicate effectively in a range of settings: interpersonally, written word, social media
  • lead, initiate and manage change with an awareness of parish and financial procedures
  • show experience in and / or understanding of outreach in a deprived inner city parish
  • rise to the challenge of articulating the good news of the Kingdom to create disciples appropriately in an inner city setting
  • lead formal liturgical worship such as BCP and Common Worship yet is open to initiating creative fresh expressions; confident in formal biblically based preaching yet open to develop creative approaches; has a strong pastoral heart

We can offer

  • an experienced Ministry Team, who are open to new ideas and which comprises a Curate, two Readers, a Pastoral Worker and a Children’s and Families’ Worker.
  • an historic church with community rooms ‘downstairs’ entered from Bessborough Road
  • a core of dedicated volunteers committed to the church and wider parish
  • a strong link with our primary school with involvement in the governing body, occasional school assemblies and in the school reading programmes
  • a well-attended and committed PCC that meets bi-monthly which has brought our finances into good order

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 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.