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Picture yourself in one of the most diverse regions in England.  

From the hustle and bustle of two thriving metropolises and magnificent northern industrial towns, to the calm tranquil rural parishes, Lancashire and the North West has everything.  

If you’re called to work with extremely deprived communities, suburban parishes or wealthier areas you will find God has a position for you. 

When you come to Lancashire,you will find the best of everything: excellent sport, fine cultural attractions, a scenic coastline, dramatic countryside, and great schools.

Please read this letter to potential applicants from our three Bishops ,   and then   have a look at our vacancies (below) to see what opportunities there are for you to step out in a new direction.

If you wish to apply for any of the posts below please complete this  application form

Lancaster Archdeaconry  (click here for a map)

Vacancies currently advertised:

Marton St Paul - click for /  parish profile - closing date 30 June 2017

 Vicar of Blackpool St Christopher & St Nicholas - advert  /  parish profile /  application form - closing date 10th July noon

The following parishes are vacant or are soon to be vacant, awaiting the appointment process to proceed:

Over Kellet St Cuthbert & Caton with Littledale St Paul

Fulwood Christ Church

Wesham Christ Church & Treales Christ Church

Garstang St Thomas

Shireshead St James

Skerton St Luke

Preston the Risen Lord

Grimsargh St Michael

Slyne with Hest & Halton & Aughton

Ingol St Margaret

Following first advert the parishes below are still vacant:


Blackburn Archdeaconry   (click here for a map)

Vacancies currently advertised:

Associate Minister in the United Benefice of Clitheroe, Chatburn & Downham – with particular responsibility for St Paul’s, Low Moor – advert/ parish profile  Application form below.
Please return applications to – closing date 19th July 2017.


The following parishes are vacant or are soon to be vacant, awaiting the appointment process to proceed

Chorley St George

Clitheroe, Chatburn & Downham 

Wrightington with Heskin St James the Great

Shevington St Anne

For an informal conversation about any of these parishes please contact The Archdeaon of Blackburn, Ven Mark Ireland on 01254 958836  or The Bishop of Burnley, The Rt Revd Philip North on 01254 503087

Following first interview/advert the parishes below are still vacant:

Hoghton Holy Trinity House for Duty Priest - parish profile - if you are interested in this post please contact Bishop Julian - or by telephone 01254 248234

Accrington St John w Huncoat St Augustine -  parish profile - please contact the Archdeacon of Blackburn, Ven Mark Ireland if you are interested in this post - 01254 958836

Additional Information for all appointments

A Guide to the Appointments Process by Role -  reviewed April 2017

Application Form

Statement of Needs document

Recruitment Monitoring Form

For more about the Diocese as a whole, including a video featuring our Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev. Julian Henderson (who made the move to the North West for the first time himself) click here to go to our Diocese page on the Church Times website.

Find out the stories of those who have already moved here on our companion website

Those stories include two people from our Diocese: Rev. James Gwyn-Thomas from the relatively new church plant in Buckshaw Village, near Chorley and Rev. Tracy Charnock , a vicar from Blackpool.

James moved here with his family from Cambridge, while Tracy speaks from the point of view of someone who has lived and worked in the North West all her life and loves it. As Tracy says: “The North West is a vibrant, amazing place with towns and cities that have a real sense of community about them.”

So have a look at the vacancies we currently have available here in this 'vibrant, amazing' region and don't forget to head on over to to get the bigger picture.

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