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Dean of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Affairs

Please Note: The application deadline for this post has now passed.


The aim of this role is to encourage and promote inclusion and equality for those from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds in all aspects of discipleship, mission and ministry through:

  1. Leading and enabling culture change
  2. Developing & drawing people together 
  3. Contributing to national initiatives

This work will ensure that the life of the Church of England Birmingham reflects and incorporates the theological values and practices we advocate.

Post Introduction

Birmingham is the UK’s second city with the youngest urban population in Europe and one of the most lively and diverse regions. The Church of England Birmingham covers an area of nearly 300 square miles and includes parishes in the West Midlands including Birmingham and parts of Solihull, Sandwell, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.
Right at the heart of what we do there are over 187 Church of England places of worship with an average weekly attendance of 17,000 from a population of 1.5 million. These churches represent a wide scope of Church tradition and breadth of ethnicity.
Church of England Birmingham is committed to diversity and inclusion as a Kingdom value at the heart of God’s mission.

Role Responsibility

1. Leading and Enabling Culture Change

To lead in developing a culture of inclusion and equality, where all ethnicities and cultures are valued and nurtured to their full potential in mission and ministry. Our aspiration is that this culture will be formed within CofE Birmingham for both its own life and as prophetic hope for our wider city/region beyond the church.

  • Developing and leading strategies to transform diocesan culture in parish, deanery and diocesan contexts in accordance with the aims of the post.
  • Promoting the delivery of Unconscious Bias Training initially to senior and diocesan staff, but also to clergy and lay people in positions of leadership, working with a BAME Affairs Reference Group and drawing on the expertise available from the national CMEAC Adviser and others.
  • Advising on and developing relevant policies for CofE Birmingham within our strategic vision
  • Working with senior staff team to ensure diversity and inclusion throughout CofE Birmingham. For the first 3 years being present and contributing to Bishop’s staff team (to be reviewed after 3 years to identify the most effective continued strategy to embed culture change with senior staff).
  • Working with the BAME Reference Group to ensure monitoring and evaluation of appointment processes
  • Identifying and working with suitable partners in and beyond the church who might help support culture change.

2. Developing and drawing people together

To take a lead role in a range of approaches (events, training, support and mentoring) which help BAME individuals fulfil their God-given potential, and form the vocations of all ethnicities with an appreciation of God’s inclusive call and purpose.

  • Working with relevant partners to encourage and support diversity.
  • Supporting and shaping the development of appropriate Leadership Courses, along with the Director of Mission Learning and Development, and ensuring BAME individuals are well represented in the leadership of these courses.
  • Supporting ongoing programmes to grow discipleship among the BAME community
  • Promoting and overseeing the effective deployment of the Empowering Disciples Fund to support BAME development in discipleship, ministry and mission, in partnership with the DDO and Director of Ministry.
  • Advising on the development of suitable mentors for BAME clergy in liaison with the Director of Ministry and Bishop’s Adviser for Clergy Formation.
  • Working with the Diocesan Director of Ordinands and Vocations Development/ the Assistant Directors of Ordinands / Vocations Team / Warden of Readers / parish clergy to significantly improve diversity in vocations - lay and ordained.
  • Advising and contributing to Clergy IME2 and CMD, Lay and Reader Training, to foster capacity of participants to lead in diversity, and to increase the presence of BAME leadership and participation in these programmes.
  • Developing and enabling BAME leadership across CofE Birmingham, especially in senior and strategic roles.
  • Developing approaches towards overseas clergy (mostly Anglican) who approach CofE Birmingham for ministry involvement. In particular, forming good practice in discernment, support and training as to possibilities around roles and/or licence.

3. Contributing to National Initiatives

Our mission-context in a super-diverse city-region of the UK, calls us to offer leadership and insight to national work in this field. We expect the post holder to benefit from the expertise of national officers, bodies and networks as well as making an active contribution to these.

  • To contribute to national action and agendas on diversity inclusion.
  • To relate to the Church of England’s National CMEAC Adviser and ensure that the Church of England Birmingham is represented at regional and national meetings by a Diocesan Link Person - appointed by the Bishop.  (This could be the Dean of BAME Affairs him/herself)



The Ideal Candidate

  • While the experience of being an ordained Anglican priest could be helpful in this role, we welcome applications from anyone who feels strongly called to this ministry and who can show the relevance of their experience and qualifications.
  • A strategic thinker who is able to develop, follow through and monitor strategic plans
  • Substantial experience of developing BAME leaders within institutional and informal community settings
  • A person of mature faith who is able to work constructively and appreciatively with the theological breadth and ecclesial diversity of the Church of England.
  • A track record of leading change and an understanding of the issues involved in culture change
  • Good networking skills
  • High level inter-personal and communication skills, and an ability to use a variety of media and IT
  • Self-motivated and able to work alone but who can demonstrate effective team working with a variety of different people as peers
  • Excited to work with our vision of Transforming Church, Growing Younger and Shaping the Future.
  • Theological training/qualification
  • Ideally educated to degree level (in any subject)
  • Full driving licence and preferably the use of a vehicle for work

There are genuine occupational requirements that the post holder is:

a) a practising Christian and

b) of a BAME background  

About Us

Right at the heart of what we do there are 188 Church of England churches and worship centres with an average Sunday attendance of 14,000 from a population of 1.5 million. In these churches are clergy and church-goers representing a wide scope of Church tradition and breadth of ethnicity.

Around 165 paid priests, together with additional self-supporting ministers, offer spiritual and pastoral care in the parishes, together with retired clergy, readers, local ministry teams & other non-ordained ministers.

The ninth Bishop of Birmingham, The Rt Revd David Urquhart, was welcomed to Birmingham in November 2006. He leads the Church of England across the Diocese and has formed a team of senior staff. The Bishop shares his Episcopal oversight with the Suffragan Bishop of Aston.

In the heart of the city, Birmingham Cathedral, dedicated to St Philip, is led by the Dean, The Very Revd Catherine Ogle. It has been a place of Christian worship since 1715 and was designed by the English Baroque architect, Thomas Archer.

The Diocese is divided into two pastoral administrative areas led by the Archdeacon of Aston (The Ven Simon Heathfield) and the Archdeacon of Birmingham (The Ven Hayward Osborne). Each of these areas contains a number of Deaneries, or groups of parishes.

This role is one of many we are recruiting for as part of our vision for mission and ministry. To learn more about this role or others please click here


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