The Diocese of Southwark has been on an exciting journey in the past few years as we have explored imaginative and creative ways of being Church. Using the idea of a Pioneer Spectrum we have developed a missional approach to fresh expressions/ new Christian communities that has encouraged innovation, diversity and experimentation.
To embed and encourage this approach within the Diocese the Bishop has created a new department of Pioneering Ministry and Fresh Expressions. By 2025 we expect to have 100 Pioneers (lay and ordained). We have 100 fresh expressions of Church and expect that having a focus on encouraging, resourcing and supporting pioneering will see a significant increase in this number. Pioneering has played a key part in our past two successful Strategic Development Fund (SDF) bids. We wish and expect this focus to continue in future bids.
The post-holder will be part of an exciting new team led by Canon Will Cookson, Director of Pioneering Ministry and Dean of Fresh Expressions. The Diocese has a vision for growth and the new team is expected to play its part in helping the Diocese to grow and innovate. Some of the key ways that we anticipate that this will happen are:
The role of Pioneer Development Officer will play a key role in ensuring that our goals are met through supporting churches and lay teams across the Diocese, through consultancy, training and learning communities.
We are seeking someone with a mature Christian faith with a passion for mission and:
It would desirable to have an understanding of social media, experience of mission training (especially of the MSM course or similar) and mentoring. A theology degree or Diploma would also be desirable.
If you would like an informal chat please contact: Canon Will Cookson (email firstname.lastname@example.org, mobile: 07505 128548)
The Diocese of Southwark, founded in 1905, forms part of the Province of Canterbury in England and is part of the wider Church of England, in turn part of the worldwide Anglican Communion. The Diocese covers primarily the area of Greater London which is South of the Thames, together with the Eastern part of the county of Surrey. It is one of the largest dioceses in terms of population and parishes as well as one of the most diverse.
As a Diocese, we celebrate churches, worshipping communities and fresh expressions of Church, across the full spectrum of traditions, that speak well of each other and support each other as together we seek to deliver a our key objectives. This diversity and range of contexts within our Diocese means there needs to be more than one approach to missional growth – and this role will be a key feature of our journey towards delivering this growth.
In 2016, the Diocese was awarded a major grant to develop fresh expressions of Church throughout the Diocese and to grow the Church in new development areas, in particular the Nine Elms development on the South Bank in the Vauxhall /Battersea area.
In 2019 the Diocese was awarded a second major grant this time for six specific projects in places identified across the Diocese where there is a clear opportunity for growth and where lessons learned can be replicated to good effect across the Diocese and the wider church.