Diocesan Director of Mission

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Church House Guildford, 20 Alan Turing Road, Guildford
Competitive salary with generous pension provision

This is an exciting time in the diocese, with the launch of the vision of a Transforming Church, Transforming Lives in 2016 leading to significant new missional energy in many of our churches, chaplaincies and schools. It’s been especially encouraging to witness the development of around 80 new worshipping communities since the launch, including four major projects in areas of new housing.

We have recently embarked on a major review of the services we offer, seeking to ensure that our diocesan strategy gets well embedded, that our resources are efficiently managed, and that Church House Guildford is genuinely scratching where the parishes are itching. The new Director will play a key role in the final shaping and implementation of that Review.

  • To be accountable for the provision of creative and professional guidance and support for all churches in the Diocese of Guildford, ensuring that they are properly resourced so as to create and deliver on their Church Development Plans in response to the priorities identified through the parish needs-based-process.
  • To be accountable for the development and implementation of a role and curriculum-based approach to all aspects of ministry training including the Local Ministry Programme. To develop and operate a single annual plan for all diocesan training, ensuring effective and efficient use of resources where such training is delivered locally.
  • To oversee the vocations work in the diocese (in consultation with the Bishop of Dorking) ensuring wise discernment and high quality training for those called to ordained, licensed and designated ministries.


  • To advocate the vision of Transforming Church, Transforming Lives (TCTL), and take particular responsibility for the development of goals 1-7 and 9, of which the first goal is foundational.
  • To marshal the considerable resources within the Mission team and effectively and creatively line-manage those who are leading on vocations, training, mission-enabling and community engagement.
  • To lead by example and support the team in developing their capacity and commitment, both individually and collaboratively, to provide outstanding service in all areas within their responsibility.
  • To be accountable for the effective management of the Mission budget.
  • To play a key role in the overall leadership of the diocese, working well with all senior colleagues, and sharing accountability for collegiate decisions.
  • To participate in and contribute effectively to the Bishop’s Leadership Team and other appropriate governance forums and meetings.
  • To contribute sensitively and well to the spiritual life and overall wellbeing of the Church House Guildford staff team, honouring and adhering to the Diocesan culture and values.
  • To participate in an annual review of Church House to reflect on the outcomes of the previous year with Bishop’s Council, agree objectives, and establish a work plan for the forthcoming year.


  • To work closely with the Archdeacons and with fellow Directors in ensuring coordinated and tailored support for churches in fulfilling their mission potential, especially through Church Development Plans and in response to priorities identified through the parish needs-based process.
  • To provide expert advice and support to enable successful church planting and grafting, working closely with potential resource churches in discerning how their strengths and gifts can be best used, and acting as the Bishop’s nominated diocesan lead in the national arena.
  • To support churches in establishing and growing fresh expressions that enable spiritually and culturally effective engagement with the unchurched in their communities (in line with the goal of 100 new worshipping communities in TCTL).
  • To encourage churches in their community engagement and social action initiatives, and in partnership-working across the diocese.
  • To take responsibility for the delivery of Strategic Development projects under the governance of the Programme Management Board, taking a lead on future bids to the Church Commissioners in consultation with the Diocesan Secretary and Bishop’s Leadership Team.



  • Graduate-level qualifications and evidence of continuing learning and development, whether through formal course participation or self-directed study.


  • A theology degree or relevant post-graduate qualification.



  • Experience in ministry (lay or ordained).
  • Experience of parish mission and evangelism in a range of contexts.
  • Experience of building and leading teams with a track record of working collaboratively.
  • Experience of effective coaching and mentoring of others, and of budget planning and control.


  • Experience of guiding a variety of churches through a mission planning process.
  • Experience in leading on initial or continuing professional/ ministerial education.



  • A demonstrable ability in strategic planning, in handling a diverse workload and in keeping to deadlines.
  • A high degree of people skills, with the ability to motivate and inspire.
  • An imagination and flare for problem-solving and innovation as we seek to ‘proclaim the faith afresh in [this] generation’.
  • Strong communication skills, verbal and written.



  • A mature and personal faith, with a passion to contribute to and engage in fellowship with others.
  • This role carries an occupational requirement to be a practising Christian in accordance with the Equality Act 2010).
  • A deep commitment to the aims and mission of the Church of England and to invest in the Diocese of Guildford in particular.
  • A high level of integrity and discretion, and ability to handle confidential information with diplomacy and sensitivity.
  • A warm and open demeanour, presenting a professional and positive image at all times.
  • Good levels of self-awareness and a commitment to professional development.

The Diocese of Guildford covers the western two-thirds of Surrey and a significant area of north-east Hampshire. It also includes one parish in a London borough and one in rural West Sussex. In the north-east, it is largely suburban, but moving south and west, there are a number of distinct towns and numerous villages. The south-west has a more rural feel to it, but the north-east is largely suburban. The population is just over a million, rising in line with the national rate.

The Diocese has two archdeaconries, each with six deaneries, and a total of 161 parishes.A great deal of the work of the church is done at a local level by the parishes. The diocesan teams support and encourage the work of the parishes, and also work with wider networks to the mutual benefit of the church and society at local, regional and national levels.

Transforming Church, Transforming Lives is the vision of the Diocese of Guildford, launched in September 2016 following a long period of prayer and consultation. It envisages individuals and church communities open to the transforming work of God’s Spirit in their own lives, and so becoming agents of Christ’s transformation to the world around them.