You are already an effective and gifted worker amongst this age range who is ready to take on a senior strategic role to inspire, equip and enable 300 churches in reaching the next generation.
You are ready for a pivotal role, working within a dedicated Discipleship & Ministry team, excited by the prospect of enabling New Worshipping Communities to be established across the diocese that are well-placed to reach children and youth. We are seeking someone who can develop an innovative training model to equip our churches and 75 Church Schools (including 7 secondary) in Growing Younger Disciples. You have gifts in evangelism and communicating the gospel to children and/or youth and are nationally networked. You will have a track record of initiating and developing work with children, youth and families, seeing spiritual and numerical growth in this area.
This role has a genuine occupational requirement for a communicant member of the Church of England or Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.
Interview Date: 11 December 2019
To shape, develop and deliver a strategy that will enable 300 churches reach a new generation as they focus on Growing Disciples within the 0-18 age range. This will include helping to envision and enable the planning of New Worshipping Communities well-placed to reach children and youth.
Context: The Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham is committed to Growing Disciples Wider Younger Deeper. Compelled by the love of Christ, we are prayerfully seeking to welcome 7,000 new disciples into the fellowship of Christ and his Church over the next five years. Core to this vision are the congregations who worship across our churches, each in their distinct setting, intentionally planning and acting to grow disciples numerically as well as spiritually. We recognise that reaching younger people is key to this vision and are therefore seeking someone who can equip our churches and 75 Church Schools (including 7 secondary) to reach younger people. This is a pivotal role, working within a dedicated Discipleship and Ministry team excited by the prospect of enabling New Worshipping Communities being established and seeing churches making a step change in growing younger disciples.
Join our great adventure
We seek to be a diocese where every Christian and every church has a compelling vision and plan for 'growing disciples, wider, younger and deeper'
Wider as we seek to find fresh ways to speak about Jesus and grow disciples among the 1.2m people living across the diocese who are not yet engaged in the worshipping life of a local church (98% of population)
Younger as we seek to grow disciples and develop leaders among new generations in a young diocese (Nottingham is the fourth youngest city in UK with over 50,000 students)
Deeper as we seek to grow disciples with a confident faith in Christ who are making a difference in every sphere of life, helping shape the culture and character of society.
Working in Southwell & Nottingham is an adventure and a challenge – the opportunities for mission are immense, the people are open and friendly and forward looking; there are also areas where the church is desperately needed to work with, and be a voice for, the poor and needy.
We are not just talking about growth, we are praying and acting in new and exciting ways to make it happen; we launched a Younger Leadership College in Autumn 2016 (http://youngerleadershipcollege.org/) with the aim of developing 1,000 younger leaders to service in the Church and wider society.
A new resource church has opened in Nottingham in an abandoned auction house that sits on one of the main roads into the city centre; Trinity Church is now a growing, diverse congregation working with our existing churches to bring Good News to the city.
Other new ventures are planned in the rural centre of the county – work is now under way to start a new, distinctive church - market towns and former mining communities.
However, it is in the development of our core ministry in every parish that we recognise potential for the most significant further growth. We have a programme over the next seven years to equip 25 resource churches which will be beacons of growth, supporting other churches in training for discipleship and leadership; also helping to plant and graft 75 new worshipping communities.
And we are aiming to welcome 7,000 new disciples into the fellowship of Christ and his Church by 2023, people who have realised that there is nothing better anyone can do with their life than to become a follower of Jesus.
There’s a lot to discover in the fascinating county of Nottinghamshire: rolling farmland and quiet woods; a cosmopolitan city offering the best in entertainment; two first-class universities; world-leading design and technology companies; fine architecture – and Robin Hood.
Add to that it’s beautiful country parks, stately homes and sporting prowess – it’s home to Trent Bridge, the National Water Sports Centre, and Nottingham Forest – and it’s easy to see why it is such a popular destination for tourists, students, shoppers and sports fans (and we haven’t even mentioned its literary heritage, the mighty River Trent so popular with rowers, sailors and anglers, and the modern tram network that whisks people around Greater Nottingham).
The Diocese incorporates the whole of Nottinghamshire and a small slice of South Yorkshire, and has a breadth of ministry that covers tough former mining communities and city estates, isolated hamlets and villages, and historic market towns.
Working for change
On any one day, people from our congregations will be feeding the hungry, finding shelter for the homeless, providing meals for the lonely, working with the elderly and supporting asylum seekers and refugees – in 2016 the Bishop’s Lent Appeal raised more than £12,000 to help refugees and asylum seekers.
We also support Nottinghamshire Rural Support, a charity that helps farmers and their families, and have pioneered work to reduce debt, including the launch of Lifesavers projects in primary schools, which encourage children to save and also teaches them about finance and budgeting.
We are active in protecting the environment through our Freedom of Creation group – many of our vicarages now have solar panels – and we have a group of Workplace Chaplains who work with employers large and small to support the wellbeing of employees.