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Last updated 3rd June 2020

Clergy Vacancies


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

From the hustle and bustle of two thriving cities, magnificent northern industrial towns, the Fylde Coast and Morecambe Bay, 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 from our bishop, have a look at our vacancies (below) to see what opportunities there are for you to step out in a new direction and read our guide to the appointments process (March 2020)


During this time of Covid19 most of the vacancies are on hold until interviews can take place face to face, property works can be undertaken in vicarages and until travel is allowed from region to region. Nonetheless it would still be worth a telephone call to the relevant Archdeacon if you would like to know more about any of the vacancies within the Diocese.

Ven Mark Ireland, Archdeacon of Blackburn - Tel 07866 778791

Ven David Picken, Archdeacon of Lancaster - Tel 07493 299677



Post Deanery Documents                  Appointing Bishop Closing date
Vicar of Briercliffe St James Burnley Advert Bishop Philip The closing date has now passed and the process is on hold due to Covid19


All clergy posts for Blackburn Diocese will be advertised on the national Church of England jobs board.  Please apply via Pathways.


please note the vacancies below are all at different stages of the appointment process


Benefice/role Deanery
Whitewell St Michael - interim cover currently being provided Whalley
Balderstone, Mellor & Samlesbury  Whalley
New Longton All Saints - moving to interview 17 June 2020 Leyland
Blackburn St Andrew Livesey & St Barnabas  Blackburn
Burnley St Andrew, St Margaret and St James - moving to interview 3 June 2020 Burnley
Woodplumpton St Anne Garstang
Salesbury St Peter Whalley
Bispham All Hallows Blackpool 
Broughton St John Baptist Preston
Kirkham St Michael Kirkham
Cleveleys St Andrew Poulton



Post Deanery  Next step/comments
Vicar of Accrington Saint Andrew, Saint Mary Magdale, Saint Peter and Church Kirk - moving to second round of interview 4 June 2020 Accrington

Contact Bishop Philip 01254 503087

Benefice profile

Vicar of Blackpool Holy Cross - half time Blackpool

Contact Bishop Philip 01254 503087 

Parish profile