Incumbent Designate

This post has been closed.

Post Reference: cofe/TP/9909/1298
Number of Positions: 1
Contract Type: Clergy
Closing Date: 25/02/2019
Region / Division: Manchester
Post Category: Clergy
Organizational Unit: Benefice
Location: Oldham and Glodwick



St Mark with Christ Church, Glodwick and St James with St Ambrose, Oldham

Post Introduction

St Marks with Christ Church, Glodwick and St James with St Ambrose, Oldham: Vicar

The two PCCs are seeking a faithful priest of the Society who understands the importance of being a visible witness and presence in the community and who will build on the strengths and opportunities of each church.

He will be gifted in and passionate about

  • developing their understanding of mission to inform their Mission Action Plans
  • growing the church through building relationships and partnerships in the community
  • nurturing the discipleship and prayer life of the faithful
  • drawing people of all ages into the worshipping life of the church
  • offering pastoral care, particularly to the elderly and infirm

Closing date 25th February at 12 noon. Interviews 11th March.

Main Responsibilities

To be reviewed after 6 months

  1. Details of Post

Role Title:                   Incumbent

Name of benefice:    Glodwick, St Mark with Christ Church,  and Oldham, St James with St Ambrose

Deanery:                    Oldham East

Archdeaconry:           Rochdale


Initial point of contact on Terms of Service:           The Archdeacon of Rochdale

  1. Role Purpose


  1. To exercise the cure of souls shared with the bishop in this parish in collaboration with your colleagues
  2. To have regard to the calling and responsibilities of the clergy as described in the Canons, the Ordinal, the Code of Professional Conduct for the Clergy and other relevant legislation.
  3. To work to advance the Kingdom of God through servant leadership, collaboration and example, and with particular regard to the current diocesan mission priorities
    1. for growing churches
    2. for increasing giving
    3. for serving the wider community
    4. for nurturing vocations
  4. To share in the wider work of the deanery and diocese as appropriate, for the building up of the whole Body of Christ


  1. To work with the PCCs in developing their understanding of mission to inform their Mission Action Plans
  2. To grow the church through building relationships and partnerships
  3. To build on the strengths of each church such that they compliment each other
  4. To foster vocations to ordained and lay ministry
  5. To help deepen the faith and spirituality of the congregation

        Key contacts


            The churchwardens and PCCs of the Benefice

            The Deanery Chapter, Synod and Mission and Pastoral Committee

            The Staff at Church House


Mayfield Primary School, Derker

Stoneleigh Primary Academy, Derker

Alexandra Park Junior School

Alt Primary School

The Alexandra

Park House

Longwood Lodge

Elizabeth House

Hadfield House.


The Area Dean                      Revd. Lyn Woodall

The Archdeacon                    Ven. Cherry Vann

The Bishop of Beverley.       Right Revd. Glyn Webster   

The Ideal Candidate

Person Specification for the role of Incumbent of Glodwick, St Mark with Christ Church and Oldham, St James with St Ambrose

Spirituality and Tradition

Applicants for the post should

  1. be a member of the Society
  2. demonstrate a strong and mature Catholic faith
  3. honour the ministry of being a visible presence in the parish
  4. be a priest keen to develop a sense of mutual flourishing with other parishes in the deanery and beyond
  5. Someone who recognises the importance of the Daily Mass

Experience and understanding

Applicants should be able to demonstrate the following:

  1. experience of working in a culturally diverse context
  2. experience of ministering effectively in a united benefice
  3. experience of working collaboratively with ordained and lay ministers
  4. an understanding of the church’s missional role in a multicultural context
  5. An understanding of the place of stewardship in the life of our church

Skills and competencies

Applicants should be able to show:
a) excellent communication skills with all age groups

b) a proven ability to build up the people of God in faith and discipleship

c) skills in developing a culture of good stewardship

d) skills in working with young families and children

e) an ability to draw people of all ages into the worship of the church

General Attributes

Applicants should be

  1. someone with a pastoral heart and who is keen to visit the elderly in their own home
  2. a priest with vision and zeal
  3. a prayerful person
  4. Someone who will promote the social life of the church

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

About Us

Vicar of St Mark, Glodwick and St James, Oldham



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:

  • Our Values

Faith, Hope and Love

  • Our Inspiration

We run with perseverance the race that is set before us… with our eyes fixed on Jesus

  • Our Mission Goals – to be a Church which is
  • Growing
    • growing new disciples in missionary church communities which are younger, more diverse, active and spiritually engaged
  • Nurturing
    • increasing vocations, nurturing new and existing disciples, increasing financial giving
  • Serving
    • present for all, speaking and acting prophetically for justice, supporting pastorally especially the vulnerable, deprived and excluded

Guided by this vision, the Diocese is engaged on a process of strategic planning for the future, shaped by our vision to become Church for a Different World. The Fit for Mission programme is the tool by which we seek to make this vision a reality. It is led by a Steering Group 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.


Oldham East is a diverse deanery with significant and growing Muslim communities from both Pakistan and Bangladesh, as well as an increasing number of people from Eastern Europe. The Saddleworth Team makes up a large part of the deanery and other parishes have rural fringes that border the Saddleworth Moors. There is breadth of church traditions within the deanery and good relationships between the churches and their clergy. A deanery schools missioner has been appointed to work with parishes in strengthening their links with their Church of England schools and maximising the opportunities they provide for mission and growth.

The 17 parishes in the deanery are served at present by 9 FTE stipendiary priests alongside other ordained and authorised lay ministers. The Deanery Mission and Pastoral Committee has just begun work on a Deanery Mission Action Plan under its newly appointed Area Dean.

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