Curacy Vacancies

Curacy Vacancies for 2024 - for Church of England ordinands released by their sponsoring diocese.

Are you completing ordination training in 2024? Have you been released by your sponsoring diocese to look elsewhere? If your answer to both these questions is yes then do consider coming to Lichfield Diocese for your curacy. We have a variety of title parishes for which we are seeking curates. Please explore the parish profiles via the links below and if you are interested in any of the curacies listed please contact our Director of Ordinands Romita Shrisunder by emailPlease note that every year we have more shortlisted parishes than we are able to fill from our curate allocation. This is so that we can create a pool of parishes that reflects the diversity of our diocese. In order to ensure that we don’t exceed the total number of curacies available in the diocese we have a set number of curacies which can be actively explored by potential curates at any one time. Curacy exploration is a long process and we do not remove the listings below until curacies have formally been offered by the bishops.

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Located in Bradley a suburb of Bilston within the City of Wolverhampton this is a single church benefice. The parish describes itself as charismatic/evangelical. Whilst socio-economic factors place Bradley among the most disadvantaged parishes, the quality of the living environment is much higher, reflecting the plentiful green spaces. Parish Profile

Branston and Burton All Saints with Christ Church

Located in Staffordshire this parish is made up of two churches. Described as two evangelical churches at the source of pickle, marmite and numerous breweries, the parish ranges from very affluent to areas of poverty. Parish Profile

Bucknall Team Ministry

Located at the edge of Stoke on Trent this parish is made up of three urban churches in the evangelical/central tradition. All three churces have excellent relationships with local schools and work to serve the wider community. Parish Profile


Located in north-west Wolverhampton, Bushbury parish is made up of three urban churches. The parish describes itself as evangelical/charismatic. There is a strong sense of community within the parish despite part of the parish being amongst the most deprived areaa in England. Parish Profile


Originally a coal mining community, Chasetown lies within the town of Burntwood, about five miles from Lichfield. The parish describes itself as evangelical/central. Chasetown is part of the Burntwood Chase team of churches giving a curate the opportunity to gain skills in other parts of the team. Parish Profile


In the northern part of Stoke on Trent the parish consists of two sub/urban churches. The parish is overwhelmingly residential with houses of all types (private and social housing) and conditions. There are three areas of the parish which are officially recognised as areas of deprivation. Parish Profile


Situated in Newcastle under Lyme, the parish of Clayton describes itself as being in the liberal catholic tradition. This curacy would also offer the opportunity to gain experience in hospital chaplaincy in a mental health setting if a curate wished to do so. Parish Profile

Kinver and Enville

Two village churches – central churchmanship. Based in the South Staffordshire countryside, north east of Dudley, worship at St Peter’s is generally central Anglican, but with a range of styles through the year. The weekly Holy Communion is accompanied by a robed choir and we are working towards restarting the popular Messy Church. St Peter’s is working towards becoming an Inclusive Church. Parish Profile

Leek St Edward

The market town of Leek is situated on the edge of the Staffordshire Moorlands and is set in an area of outstanding beauty.  St Edward's Church is the original parish church of Leek and one of five churches in the team benefice of Leek and Meerbrook. There will be the opportunity to experience the flavour of ministry in the other team churches. Parish Profile  

Lichfield St Michael and St Mary and Wall

The parish of St Michael and St Mary forms about one third of Lichfield city centre along with residential areas to the East of the city. Wall parish consists of a small village to the south of Lichfield along with some of the new housing developments in the south of the city. The parishes include two churches, Wall being a middle of the road traditional Anglican church whilst St Michael's is liberal catholic. Parish Profile

Little Drayton, Woore and Norton in Hales

Three parishes of central tradition.  One on the edge of a market town in north-east Shropshire and the other two rural.  Market Drayton is busy and community-orientated. Many of the residents commute to larger nearby towns for work.  Parish Profile

Mease Valley

A curacy in a benefice made up of five/six churches situated in a beautiful rural setting lying largely in Staffordshire adjacent to its borders with Warwickshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire. The parishes describe themselves as evangelical and broad churches. Parish Profile

Newport with Longford and Chetwynd

Market town and village. Community-focussed congregation in rural Shropshire. Central/traditional. Newport is a small market town on the Shropshire/ Staffordshire boarder – situated between Shrewsbury and Stafford. Worship styles are mainly traditional with some opportunity to explore different styles. As a civic church there are close links with the Town Council and community activities. Parish Profile

Severn Loop

Seven Churches serving the hamlets to the north and west of Shrewsbury. The rural parishes include many farms and related industries. It is a team ministry of two benefices comprising a total of five rural parishes with seven active churches. Every church offers a mixture of Holy Communion and Services of the Word and the liturgy is from Common Worship. Parish Profile

Shelton and Oxon

Single Church Parish on the edge of Shrewsbury, the county town of Shropshire. Evangelical / Central in tradition, the parish is a wonderful mix of ages and ethnicities with many people moving to the area to work in the hospital. There are two distinct congregations: a traditional Common Worship Holy Communion with BCP and a Café Church fresh expression. Parish Profile 


Evangelical in tradition, Streetly sits on the edge of the diocese between Sutton Coldfield (Diocese of Birmingham) and Walsall. This suburban parish has an aging population however increasingly younger families are moving into the area. The broad range of worship services and styles reflect a desire to connect with all groups in Streetly community. We stretch between full Eucharistic robed services to informal, unrobed laity and music band led worship. Parish Profile

Telford Minster

A Bishop’s Mission Order Church Plant to the new expanding town of Telford. Evangelical / Charismatic in tradition, Telford Minster is based in the centre of Telford, one of the largest towns in Shropshire. Telford includes a mix of urban and rural areas and both affluent and deprived areas. There is a unique opportunity to play a part in seeing the church grow and eventually plant missional congregations across Telford. Parish Profile

Whittington and West Felton with Haughton

Two village churches near the Welsh border. Liberal eucharistic/open evangelical in tradition. Just outside of Oswestry, less than 30 minutes from Shrewsbury, lie these village parishes. The benefice includes a large thriving village, primary schools, farms and smaller rural villages and hamlets. The benefice follows a primarily Eucharistic worship style, although there are opportunities to explore other styles of worship. Parish Profile

Wolverhampton Society Parishes

Three parishes under the episcopal oversight of the Bishop of Oswestry around the heart of Wolverhampton. The communities served by each church are urban and all three churches have strong links with their local schools.  Parish Profile


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