Mission Apprentice Co-ordinator
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, an Intercultural Mission Enabler, a Growing Leaders Facilitator, a Mentor Facilitator and an Urban Estates Mission Enabler, all working closely with our Training and Development Support Team.
Our Mission Apprentice Scheme aims to grow and develop new missional leaders from and for parishes in deprived and regenerating parishes within the Church of England Birmingham. The primary role of the Mission Apprentice Co-ordinator will be to work with Mission Apprentices; their supervisors and the Parishes where they serve to provide training, practical and pastoral support. Our current expectation is that there will be around 8 new Mission Apprentices in the 2018 scheme.
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 key responsibilities of this post include:
1. Ongoing Development of the Mission Apprentice Scheme
- Help to recruit the Mission Apprentices at the relevant time of the year
- Lead the process to allocate Mission Apprentices with appropriate Parishes and supervisors
- Help to negotiate the practical arrangements for Mission Apprentices within parishes
2. Training and Support
- Help to organise the Induction programme to the Diocese and to the scheme
- Help to oversee and plan the training and development of each of the MAs over two years, taking an active part in the delivery of training with a team of others.
- Provide ongoing pastoral support to the Mission Apprentices
- Liaise regularly with the Supervisors/Line Managers, encouraging best practice wherever possible
- Plan and enable the delivery of training for Supervisors.
3. The fostering of good communication and relationships
- Work closely with the wider Mission Learning and Development team to ensure that the work of the Mission Apprentices relates well to the rest of the teams’ work
4. Evaluation and Monitoring
- Organise annual reviews for each of the Mission Apprentices
- Work with the Project Analyst to monitor the progress of the Mission Apprentice Scheme
- Record the learning experiences from the scheme
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:
- 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 volunteer 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 developing and providing training, preferably in a church context
- Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)
- Great planning and organising skills
- Great networking skills
- A valid driving licence and access to a vehicle
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