Director of Evangelism and Discipleship
Evangelism and Discipleship are two of the Archbishops’ Council’s nine objectives. They correspond to the first of the three quinquennial goals agreed by the Church of England in 2010 which pertains to numerical and spiritual growth.
At present the work in these areas is divided between the departments of Mission and Public Affairs, Communications, Education and Ministry. This new senior post has been created to lead a directorate that will integrate the essential elements of the Evangelism and Discipleship work, enabling a strategic national approach and contributing to the key objectives of the Archbishops Council.
To establish and lead the work of a new directorate that will oversee and strengthen the work of the national Church in regard to Evangelism and Discipleship.
- Developing a strategic approach to the ways in which the Archbishops’ Council supports dioceses and churches in bringing more people to faith and in the development of their faith.
- Establishing the new directorate within the organisation through inspirational leadership of the core team, empowering the creativity of individuals and developing collaborative working with the wider team across the NCI’s whose work supports evangelism and discipleship.
- Organising the resources of the National Church Institutions to support the work done locally and ensure that the national initiatives and activities complement the local effort.
- Developing relationships across the national church, including dioceses and parishes, to gather ideas, build support and drive the implementation of projects from concept to reality.
- Directing the implementation of the recommendations within ‘Setting God’s People Free’ through the management of the programme director for that work and the promotion of its objectives.
- Working with the Digital Communications team in the development of tools and initiatives for digital evangelism and discipleship that can be offered to the wider Church.
- Establishing synergy between the new E&D team and the Strategy and Development team to support projects that bring growth to the Church enabling creative skills to flourish and ensuring that the resources available are directed in the most beneficial way for the wider Church.
- Influencing a wide variety of stakeholders, both internal and external, on all matters regarding evangelism and discipleship and acting as the senior sponsor and champion of these objectives within the organisation and beyond.
- Initiating ways to work with, encourage and draw out the best of all the traditions and approaches within the Church, embracing all areas of Church life and acting as an advocate for the inclusion of ideas from a wide spectrum of contributors.
- Advocating discipleship in the work of the National Church Institutions (NCIs) and liaising with all colleagues over opportunities to promote and encourage discipleship and the fuller participation of lay people in the life of the church.
- Promoting the expression of Christian faith in everyday life, including in wider society and in the workplace.
The main duties and responsibilities of your post are outlined in your job description. This list is not exhaustive and is intended to reflect your main tasks and areas of work. Changes may occur over time and you will be expected to agree any reasonable changes to your job description that are commensurate with your banding and in line with the general nature of your post. You will be consulted about any changes to your job description before these are implemented.
The Ideal Candidate
- Ability to think strategically and analytically, problem solve and make decisions confidently
- Enjoys working in partnership with others and developing ideas with them and is able to build trust.
- Confidence to build rapport with senior people and to challenge them in a supportive, yet stimulating way.
- A relationship builder with a flexible approach to working with others and to sharing resources, information and learnings.
- A passionate and convincing advocate for the priority of evangelism and discipleship in the life of the church and for culture change.
- Strong leadership skills, with the ability to lead, manage and motivate a small team, ensuring that they have clear objectives and receive regular, honest feedback, guidance and mentoring to support development and deliver performance.
- Ability to communicate effectively - speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques and produce high quality written reports
- A demonstrable service ethos and able to adapt to different audiences and stakeholders
- Ability to organise and prioritise own workload and work to deadlines and standards.
- Sufficiently flexible in approach to deal with diverse workstream leads and skill sets
- Effective user of technology, digitally savvy and able to adapt to technological change
- Ability to represent the Church of England in public contexts
- Ability to establish and maintain credibility with diverse stakeholders at all levels throughout the Church.
Demonstrable experience of leadership within a complex stakeholder environment.
Experience of leading successful collaborative evangelistic activity in an employed or voluntary capacity
Proven ability to manage changing priorities
Good understanding of the history, theology and culture of the Church of England, including its working at local and regional level
Experience of working collaboratively across teams and projects to shape goals and policy and to deliver shared objectives
Experience of working in intellectually challenging environments, engaging with sophisticated client groups and subject matter experts.
- Personal commitment to bringing people to Christ
- The Church’s culture and learning are deeply intertwined with its theological heritage and contemporary mission. The post holder will need to be interested in, and able to work creatively with the language and concepts that emerge from this.
- Willingness to travel and to be away from home for a period of days, sometimes including the weekend
- Sensitivity and tact in working with colleagues, diocesan staff and ecumenical partners
We would welcome applicants from any Christian background and/or a variety of Christian life experiences, including those of long-standing, or a more recent commitment to their faith. This post carries an occupational requirement to be a practicing Christian (in accordance with the Equality Act 2010).
We in the National Church Institutions support the mission and ministries of the Church all over England. We work with parishes, dioceses (regional offices), schools, other ministries and our partners at a national and international level.
Excellence, Respect, Integrity
We follow these four values in everything we do, whether we are of Christian faith, another faith or no faith.
Benefits - We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible* 35-hour working week for work-life balance and a minimum 25 days’ holiday plus 3 defined organisational day’s leave and an attractive defined pension scheme.
We are committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and strongly encourage applications from underrepresented groups. We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from people, regardless of their background.
*Where applicable depending on post requirements.