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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:

Pioneer Minister, Over Wyre Group of Parishes - click here for advert.

Vicar, St Lawrence with St Paul, Longridge -  click here for advertClick here for parish profile

Vicar, Church of the Ascension Torrisholme -     Click here for parish profile




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

Ashton on Ribble St Michael & All Angels & Preston St Mark

Blackpool St John

Overton St Helen

Ribchester St Wilfrid

Little Thornton St John

Over Kellet St Cuthbert

Marton St Paul


Following first advert the parishes below are still vacant:


Blackburn Archdeaconry (click here for a map)

Rector of Chorley St Laurence - advert / parish profile - closing date noon on 28th September 

House for Duty Priest at Gisburn St Mary - advert / parish profile - closing date 29th September

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

Coppull & Coppull St John

Hurst Green St John & Mitton All Hallows

Over Darwen St James & Hoddlesden St Paul

Balderstone, Mellor & Samlesbury

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

Accrington St John w Huncoat St Augustine - parish profile - if you are interested in this post please contact Bishop Julian: 

Hoghton Holy Trinity House for Duty Priest - parish profile - please contact Bishop Julian for more details -

Additional Information for all appointments

A Guide to the Appointments Process by Role - reviewed August 2016

Application Form

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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