VICARS in Bolton may be asked to oversee groups of churches due to a decline in the number of full-time staff.
All the deaneries in the Manchester Diocese are currently carrying out a pastoral review which has resulted in the suggestion that a number of churches be linked under the control of a single clergyman.
This would mean that, rather than being based at one church, teams of clergy would oversee groups of churches.
This year there was a record number of ordinations in the Manchester Diocese but many were part-time and the number of full-time clergy is declining. Read more