Mustard Seed Programme Leader

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Diocese of York
Approx £41k - £43k depending on experience

Making Disciples among People in Poverty

More than a quarter of the people of our Diocese live in the 49 parishes facing very high deprivation and there are many other pockets of poverty elsewhere across Hull, Middlesbrough, coastal towns, York and in rural areas. We are committed to seeing the body of Christ thrive in all of our communities, yet in these places the proportion who attend a Church of England church is far below that for the rest of the Diocese. We intend to become much more effective at making disciples who lead others to faith, seeing local expressions of worship take root and indigenous ministry flourish in those communities.

We are investing in two key interventions as part of a ‘Mustard Seed Strategy’. Firstly through a development programme run in local centres we will equip and mobilise local lay people as evangelists, leaders, pastors and planters. At the same time a new network of 'Ambassadors’ will be launched across the Diocese to catalyse partnership and generosity between parishes.

As local people are equipped and a spreading network of support from other parishes is established we expect to see mission flourish at ‘Community Hubs’ where new people will be reached, disciples grown and new forms of worshipping community emerge.

Is this where you come in?

We need a servant-hearted, energetic and experienced leader to roll-out and drive the delivery of our programme of work with people in poverty.  Working closely with the Director of Making and Nurturing Disciples and the People in Poverty working group, the role involves initiating the development programme; launching the Ambassadors initiative; developing resources for Community Hubs, and participating in the creation of the key funding bid.

The Ideal Candidate

You will be a Christian wholeheartedly committed to worship and witness, with an understanding of poverty in various contexts and a heart for people in the most deprived parts of our diocese.  You will be experienced at working within Church of England structures, and able to handle complexity and initiate change.  You will be highly motivated and well-organised, and adept at equipping and enabling others to flourish.

The Process

To discuss this opportunity further, contact Richard White, Director of Making and Nurturing Disciples, in the first instance by email at

The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 13th October 2019.

We aim to contact candidates by the week commencing Friday 18th October 2019.

Interviews for short-listed candidates will be held in Scarborough on Tuesday 22nd October 2019.

The Diocese of York

The Diocese of York takes in much of North and East Yorkshire, including the cities of York, Hull and Middlesbrough, and two National Parks.  Extending from the River Tees to the River Humber, and from around the A1 road to the incomparable Yorkshire coast, the area is home to around 1.4 million people.

We are a family of 607 churches and 125 schools in 470 parishes, led and guided in their faith and work by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu.  York Minster is our principal church.  Our vision is to be a family of Generous Churches Making and Nurturing Disciples.
We are currently working through a Diocesan Strategy that focuses on:
  • Reaching those we currently don't
  • Moving to Growth
  • Achieving sustainable finances

More about our strategy can be found here.

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