The post covers a large geographic territory. Our chaplaincies range from English ex-pat communities, to international congregations in major cities to mainly Nigerian congregations. Most of the contexts are majority Roman Catholic; some (in Morocco) are Islamic.
Since our diocese operates outside England, large parts of the English administrative role of Archdeacon (such as administration of faculty jurisdiction and common tenure arrangements) do not apply. Instead, the Archdeacon has the challenge of providing and framing an Anglican ministry in the administrative and legal contexts of European countries (and Morocco) and where knowledge of the Anglican tradition may be patchy.
The role involves both problem solving and identifying new opportunities for growth.
Whilst the Archdeacon’s first responsibility will be to his/her specific territory, it is intended that the postholder will provide support to other archdeacons when particular expertise is needed or in an emergency situation.
Contributing to diocesan strategy and mission thinking and implementation via membership of the Bishop’s Staff meeting and Bishop’s Council and Diocesan Synod.
Developing fresh vision for appropriate kinds of evangelisation in collaboration with Churches in Communion and in consultation with established ecumenical partners. To explore possible new relationships with new/evangelical/Pentecostal churches. Evaluating possibilities for church planting and, together with diocesan officers and local congregations, facilitating bids for funding for new work.
Leading the archdeaconry synods of Gibraltar and Italy & Malta by ensuring that arrangements for the synods are made, presiding at the meetings of the synods, convening synod standing committees.
Encouraging the growth of chaplaincies and congregations through visits, meeting with clergy, the training of church officers and others.
Developing workable options and proposals for provision of ordained ministry in start-up, embryonic or financially fragile contexts.
Working collaboratively with bishops and archdeacons; being available to advise or assist in other parts of the diocese as responsibilities allow; sharing in the leadership and committee structures of the diocese.
Clergy recruitment and pastoral care
Working with churches and diocesan officers to develop realistic and accurate specifications and advertisements for clergy posts; conducting interviews; licensing new clergy and readers on behalf of the bishop; helping make sure new clergy receive adequate induction and orientation.
Sustaining and improving clergy wellbeing. Providing pastoral care for the clergy, including addressing pastoral problems and crisis intervention, dealing with clergy illness, general advice, teaching. This is a key element of the role as many of our clergy are in isolated situations.
Conducting Ministerial Development Reviews.
Reporting problems and opportunities to the lead bishop.
Overseeing annual reviews of terms and conditions by local churches.
Overseeing CME provision in the Archdeaconries and approving CME applications.
Fulfilling the Archdeacon’s role under the Clergy Discipline Measure.
Promoting the wellbeing and growth of the local church
Overseeing the administration of local churches: keeping church councils alert to the need for compliance with local legal requirements; overseeing proper appointment of churchwardens and completion of diocesan returns in regard to electoral rolls and appointment of church officers.
Promoting a safe church by meeting responsibilities set out in the diocesan safeguarding policy, encouraging the proper implementation of safeguarding policies and procedures in local churches and liaising with the Diocesan Safeguarding Officer in regard to training and case management.
In consultation with other diocesan officers, framing constitutions for new congregations/chaplaincies, overseeing updates to existing constitutions and assisting with the operation of entities according to the relevant country law.
Experience, Knowledge, Training and Qualifications
Substantial ordained ministry experience as a priest in the Church of England or another church of the Anglican Communion (the canons of the Church of England require at least six years in holy orders).
Experience of supervision and pastoral care of clergy.
Competent theologically and able both to reflect and articulate effectively
Experience of enabling church growth in different cultural contexts
Firm grasp of the Anglican tradition as expressed in its liturgy and law
An understanding of Christian giving, and an ability to speak clearly and appropriately about the financial needs of the church
Aptitudes and abilities
A high degree of self-motivation and ability to work on own initiative as well as a strong sense of collegiality and ability to work as part of team
Ability to use electronic communications with confidence and ease
Capacity for strategic thinking and analysis
Demonstrated ability to manage change and to manage and resolve conflict
Administrative confidence and clarity of mind
Excellent communication skills, in different media and registers, as well as the ability to enable others to communicate – sometimes across language barriers or where they lack confidence to articulate their views
A strong, personal and living Christian faith
Orthodox and biblical in faith, life and teaching
Demonstrated personal commitment to mission and evangelism.
Appropriate flexibility in the nurture of different forms of church community
Whatever his or her own tradition, the ability to affirm those of other traditions and an enthusiasm for working with people of those traditions
Demonstrated commitment to ecumenical collaboration
A high level of self-awareness
Resilience and ability to thrive overseas in a role that requires a good deal of travel
The appointment is subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure.
It is intended that the role will be based in Barcelona, but we are open to other well-founded suggestions.
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English Churches have been established on the Continent since at least the time of the Reformation. The Diocese in Europe was set up in 1980 to care for these churches, which now attract English speakers from many ethnic, territorial and ecclesial backgrounds. The diocese currently has two bishops and seven archdeaconries. Whilst the diocese has for most of its history been administered by seven clergy with part-time archidiaconal responsibility (usually linked to other roles), it was long our strategic objective to establish freestanding archidiaconal posts as funding allows.