Rector Stockport and Brinnington

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Applications are invited for the post of Rector of Stockport and Brinnington.

The closing date is Monday 11 February 2019

Interviews Thursday 28 February 2019

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

For an informal conversation regarding the Parish of Stockport and Brinnington, together with the role of Rector please contact the Archdeacon of Macclesfield, Venerable Ian Bishop 01928 718834 ext 234 or 07715 102519 or email

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

A key, strategic role to create a significant urban hub. This is an exciting opportunity for a pioneering leader to build capacity across a diverse new parish, inspiring transformation and growth in the Church and community.

Do you have the gifts to encourage collaboration and creative partnerships with the skills to develop and lead a growing team?

Keys tasks are:
• to lead the parish through change,
• to lead the parish in mission and growth,
• to lead the parish in shaping values and influence.

The Diocese of Chester is looking for a leader to build capacity across a diverse new parish to inspire transformation in the Church and community. This is a position of considerable strategic significance to the Diocese of Chester and will require someone with the gifts to develop a ministry that encourages collaboration and creative partnership. We pray this becomes a resource for the greater Stockport conurbation and the wider Diocese.

The Diocese of Chester is making a number of important appointments to urban hubs, to be resourcing centres of ministry and mission. The Rector of Stockport and Brinnington is one such key appointment.

The person appointed must have the skills to develop and work with the existing team. There is funding to appoint a full-time clergy colleague resident in Brinnington, and aspiration to source other funding for additional lay and ordained team members, to accelerate impact for communities in this town centre and outer estate where the Church faces significant challenges.

The key tasks as stated in the Parish Profile are:-

Lead the parish through change

Lead the parish in mission and growth

Lead the parish in shaping values and influence

Person specification for the post of
Rector designate of Stockport and Brinnington

We recognise that it is vital to appoint someone who has:-
• the resilience and strength to oversee this significant ministry,
• a deep personal faith that inspires discipleship,
• the capacity to lead, and nurture and train others in leadership
• a track record in change management that has seen Churches grow,
• commitment to collaboration and partnership,
• interpersonal skills that affirm and encourage others,
• ability to thrive in the midst of complexity, and
• genuine appreciation of diversity in church and community.

A full Person Specification and Role Description is attached

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.