Children and Families Mission Adviser

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Exeter, including some travel throughout Devon (including Plymouth and Torbay)

An exciting opportunity to inspire, encourage and resource the creative development of mission and ministry among children and families throughout the Diocese of Exeter. This position will work to support Mission Communities and work with local communities, schools and Local Authorities. 


The Children and Families Mission Adviser position requires a high degree of proficiency across the domains of:

  • Child development and learning
  • Working with volunteers, paid children’s workers and clergy
  • Advice and support to Mission Communities
  • Communications and engagement
  • Resource management and training development
  • Multi agency working

The Children’s Work Adviser will be required to apply for an Enhanced disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service in connection with this role.

Some travel will be involved due to the geographical locations of schools and colleagues and some out of hours working may be required.

The job reports to Mission & Ministry Mission Enabler and will work closely with:

   Parish clergy, paid and voluntary children and families workers

  • Director of Mission and Ministry and Mission and Ministry Team
  • Diocesan Safeguarding Team
  • Diocesan Early Years Adviser
  • EDBF employees
  • ​National Children’s Work Advisers Network especially South West Region Group
  • Ecumenical Children’s Work Adviser Networks
  • ​​National Society Children’s Work Officer


The main responsibilities for the Children and Families Mission Adviser will include:

  • Continue to develop commitment to and understanding of the importance of children and children’s relationship with Jesus in the diocese.
  • Celebrate, share and disseminate best practice in children and families’ work.
  • Help shape a faith based approach to working with children and families within the diocese.
  • Encourage and support missional initiatives such as Messy Church, Godly Play, Open the Book.
  • Encourage Mission Communities in their work with children and support parents and families and provision of intergenerational worship.
  • Encourage and support local relationships with statutory and voluntary bodies as they respond to national initiatives
  • Identify external resources and funding and develop partnerships with ecumenical partners, Local Authorities and other bodies to facilitate Christian based work for children and families.
  • Work in accordance with diocesan policies of equal opportunity.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate that they hold the following specifications:

  •  Education to degree level or equivalent.
  • Theologically literate.
  • Experience of working as a key member of a team demonstrating excellent interpersonal skills and a collaborative style of working.
  • Understanding of the Church of England, its parochial system and the wider organisation of the Diocese.
  • Understand how the belief systems which shape the life of the Church may affect safeguarding work in the Church of England.
  • A practicing communicant member of the Church of England, or of a church belonging to Churches Together in England.
  • Fully support the aims and ethos of the Diocese of Exeter and of the mission and ministry of the Church of England.
  • A full driving licence.

The Diocese of Exeter matches almost exactly the boundaries of the county of Devon, including Torbay and Plymouth.  We are a family of Christians, worshipping God in many different settings and groups. We are led by the Bishop of Exeter, and governed by Diocesan Synod which is made up of representatives from across the Diocese.

The central office is the Old Deanery, Exeter, where there is a team of around 50 Diocesan staff whose work is arranged to focus on a number of the goals of the Diocesan vision and strategy, ‘Grow in Prayer, Make new Disciples and Serve the People of Devon with Joy’. These staff work in the following teams: Education, Mission & Ministry, Church & Society, Communications, Property & Church Buildings, Finance, Safeguarding, Vocations, Synod Office, Archdeacons Secretaries, Counselling & Pastoral Care Service and our exciting new Growing the Rural Church Project.

To arrange an informal discussion about this role please contact us by email by phone: 01392 294959 or by post:
The Old Deanery
The Cloisters


Please Note:

Closing date for applications: 15 November 2019

Shortlisted candidates notified: 20 November 2019

Interviews to be held: 2 December 2019


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