Evangelism and Witness Priority Coordinator

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Lambeth Palace, London
£30,909 p.a. rising to £33,452 p.a. after probation

Lambeth Palace is a unique building of significant historical and global provenance. It is, first and foremost, the home of the Archbishop of Canterbury and his family, as well as home to a wider, diverse and thriving, residential community. It is also an office and the epicentre of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s ministry to the Church of England and the global Anglican Communion. It is a Grade I listed building comprising various listed buildings dating from the 12th to the 20th centuries, set within 10 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens.

By its nature and location, Lambeth Palace is seen as an iconic statement of the values and the nature of the Church of England, the Anglican Communion and the ministry of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Evangelism and Witness is one of the three stated priorities of the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury. The Evangelismteam serves the Archbishop in providing stimuli, information, support and advice to take forward the priority of evangelism and witness in his ministry, in collaboration with the whole team at Lambeth Palace and those working in a similar area in Church House. The team is responsible for developing significant thinking and strategy, establishing and maintaining positive relationships with a wide range of individuals, organisations and networks with involvement in evangelism and witness throughout England, on behalf of the Archbishop.

This is an excellent opportunity to provide coordination and administrative support for the Evangelism and Witness Priority in the extensive and fast-paced work at Lambeth Palace.

As Evangelism and Witness Priority Coordinator, you will support the Archbishop’s ministry alongside the rest of the team in enabling and furthering his ministry of evangelism and witness. You will also work closely with the Director and Evangelism and Discipleship at Church House, establishing good communication and an awareness of any relevant work undertaken for the National Church.

You will nurture relationships, provide information, collate research and prepare advice for the Office of the Archbishop, whilst engaging in outreach and representation to external partners on the Archbishop’s behalf. You will also provide continuity for the Advisor, who works two days a week in this role.

To be successful, you will need the knowledge and experience of the networks and organisations involved in evangelism and witness and of trends, practice and approaches.

With well-developed interpersonal and collaborative skills, you will have the ability to work successfully across different teams with a wide variety of people at all levels. You will manage your own time and work independently and proactively, with accuracy and total discretion.

Interviews will be held on the 5th December 2019.

In return we offer a unique environment with opportunities for continuous learning, generous annual leave for work life balance, season ticket loans and a range of benefits including discounted entry to attractions and what we feel is a market leading package when it comes to our pension scheme.

The Role

Representation and relational work

  • Working with and assisting the Advisor and the wider team in the delivery of the Evangelism and Witness strategy.
  • Providing organisational and administrative support for the Archbishop’s Advisor in correspondence and diary matters, in meetings, seminars, receptions and other events that fall within the priority’s remit.
  • Hosting and representing the Evangelism and Witness team in internal and external meetings, participating when appropriate and within agreed limits.
  • Organising events on behalf of the Archbishop.
  • Relating positively to and liaising with individuals and organisations involved in evangelism and witness on behalf of the Archbishop and the Advisor, using discretion, skill and knowledge of the relational context and networks.
  • Developing and maintaining strong working relationships with the Director of Evangelism and Discipleship at Church House and their team.


  • Managing communications (e-mail, post and telephone) for the Advisor, including drafting and consulting about responses with the Advisor and other colleagues, and following up, as required.
  • Supporting the Advisor in planning and delivering the communication strategy for the priority.


  • Providing briefings for the Archbishop, Advisor, colleagues and external partners on events and meetings that fall within the Evangelism and Witness priority.
  • Undertaking research for the Archbishop and the Advisor on particular subjects and initiating research where necessary.


  • Ensuring the day-to-day coordination and office management of the work of the Evangelism and Witness team, including the diary, invitations and requests, and maintaining records.
  • Monitoring expenses and overseeing travel costs and ensuring compliance with the relevant NCI procedures.
  • Constantly reviewing office and team administrative procedures, making recommendations and bringing forward new systems to improve efficiency.
  • Carrying out general administrative and other duties, as required.



    • Well-developed interpersonal skills, enabling communication with a wide variety of people at all levels so that individuals are treated with courtesy and an appropriate level of firmness, as and when required.
    • Presentation and communication skills to groups of people.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
    • Strong collaborative skills and ability to work successfully across different teams, at Lambeth Palace and Church House.
    • Capacity to assimilate and assess complex information in detail whilst retaining a good overview.
    • Ability to prioritise tasks and plans.
    • Ability to manage own time and work independently, using initiative.
    • Ability and willingness to undertake occasional travel in the UK.
    • Advanced IT capability/aptitude (Outlook, Word, Excel, DTP and PowerPoint).


    • Knowledge and experience of the networks and organisations involved in evangelism and witness, of trends, practice and historic and recent approaches and thought in evangelism and witness.
    • Knowledge and understanding of the Church of England, and other Christian denominations.
    • Knowledge of issues and trends in culture and society and how the priority interfaces with them.
    • Experience of organising and delivering projects, programmes and initiatives to the highest standard.
    • Experience of drafting complex pieces of work, of collating information and research briefs on evangelism and witness and taking minutes.

    Personal Attributes:

    • Clear understanding of and sympathy with the mission and ethos of the Church of England and a good grasp of its structure and culture.
    • Highly motivated, with personal commitment to evangelism and witness.
    • Skills and gifts to think creatively and be stimulated by challenges/new projects.
    • Flexibility and willingness to work unsocial hours, as required.
    • Ability to deliver results quickly, with accuracy and to deadlines.
    • Ability to work relationally and with total discretion.
    • Ability to work under pressure and as part of a team.


    • An engaged and committed mind with a commitment to explore the riches of the gospel. The willingness and ability to process, reflect and creatively engage with the breadth of theological issues involved in Evangelism and Witness.



    • First-hand experience and knowledge of working in evangelism and witness.
    • Previous office management experience.

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