Intercultural Mission Enabler
The post-holder will be part of an exciting new team, under the direction of Dr Paula Gooder, and part of the wider Mission and Ministry Stream overseen by the Bishop of Aston, the Rt Revd Anne Hollinghurst. Others in the immediate team will include a Church Planting Enabler, a Fresh Expressions Enabler, a Growing Leaders Facilitator, a Mentor Facilitator and an Urban Estates Mission Enabler, all working closely with our Training and Development Support Team.
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.
It is a time of new opportunities and potential in the Church of England Birmingham as we seek to shape ministry for a changing church and world as part of our “Transforming Church - Shaping the Future” vision. We are looking for individuals who will bring imagination and strategic thinking, and who will relish the challenge of exploring new opportunities in response to the particular needs of the Birmingham context.
The primary role of the Intercultural Mission Enabler will be to inspire, train and support individuals and churches throughout the diocese to develop and embed intercultural skills into the core of their mission and ministry and to deepen our relationship with the world church.
The key responsibilities of this post include:
1. The development of Intercultural Mission across the Diocese
- Develop a greater awareness of the need for and appreciation of good intercultural mission across all traditions, ethnicities and geographical areas within the diocese, drawing on the insights and recommendations of the report Sharing the Gift: Developing fruitful Intercultural Training across Church of England Birmingham (http://www.cofebirmingham.com/news/2016/10/18/sharing-gift-intercultural-training/)
- Support Church of England Birmingham’s relationships and partnerships throughout the world, focussing, as time allows, on those already in place in Malawi and Bolivia. This will include:
- Supporting the work of the Malawi Task Group liaising closely with its chair and officers.
- Supporting the development of structures to support the link with the Anglican Church in Bolivia
- Work with Churches across the diocese to encourage them to engage more effectively in Mission among our BAME communities so that we have greater diversity within our churches.
2. Training and Support
- Using insights gained from World mission and elsewhere, to identify good practice in intercultural mission and work to share this across the diocese.
- Work with those involved in training within the diocese to develop and embed good quality intercultural skills and training into all forms of formation and learning within the diocese.
- Work closely with the Archdeacons and relevant training officers to ensure that a high priority is given to the discernment and development of intercultural skills in all ministers appointed in Church of England Birmingham.
- Support parishes which have active world links or which are interested in forming new ones.
3. The Fostering of Good Communication and Relationships
- Work closely with the wider Mission Learning and Development team to ensure that Intercultural Mission fits coherently with the other work in the team.
- Represent Church of England Birmingham in the regional and national activities of Partnership for World Mission and, where relevant, to work collaboratively with other stakeholders, such as mission agencies.
- Undertake journeys overseas to develop partnerships in Mission.
4. Evaluation and Monitoring
- Work with the Project Analyst to oversee the evaluation and monitoring of our Intercultural Mission strategy.
- Monitor new and existing world mission relationships in the diocese and in the parishes, and identify points of learning for ongoing and future work.
The role will hold a working budget to fund travel, training and visits from overseas of over £10,000 per annum. A detailed breakdown of the budget is available on request, the Mission Enabler will be expected to manage and allocate these funds as appropriate to meet the aims of the role.
The Ideal Candidate
We are looking for someone with a strong Christian faith and a love for God’s Church, who has the following qualities and experience:
- Passionate about intercultural mission and world mission
- Able to inspire and influence others
- Approachable and adaptable – being able to work well with a wide and diverse range of people
- Experience of building and leading successful teams, with a track record of working collaboratively
- A willingness to contribute to and work with the other teams in the Church of England, Birmingham
- An appreciation for, and a commitment to work positively within, the breadth of the Church of England. Experience and understanding of the Church of England would be desirable
- Experience of working successfully across a wide range of different cultures
- Experience of world mission
- Experience of developing and providing training, preferably in a church context
- Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)
- Able to facilitate conversations with and between different groups
- Great networking skills
- A valid driving licence and access to a vehicle.
This post is open to lay or ordained applicants.
There is a Genuine Occupational Requirement that the post holder is a practising Christian.
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