Blackburn Leadership Hub – Community based Urban Evangelist

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Following a successful application to the Strategic Development Fund, the Diocese of Blackburn is seeking to appoint a second lay or ordained Urban Evangelist. They will be responsible for training lay and ordained leaders in ministry and evangelism and will do so contextually by assisting in the renewal of church life in estates parishes in Blackburn. The postholder will be based in the Parish under the oversight of the Incumbent.


  • To make Christ known to the residents of urban estates
  • To make new disciples and support new congregations
  • To place the Church at the centre of the community through effective engagement
  • To be part of a team that pioneers new methods in discerning, forming and supporting lay leaders from and for urban parishes across the Diocese
  • To train and support ordinands,
  • To share lessons learned and good practice with the wider church

Within the Parishes of Over Darwen:

  • Relating theology and the person and teaching of Jesus to modern life and communicating the good news to urban people in a real and authentic way.
  • Working with the Leadership Team in devising plans and strategies for mission and growth across the Parishes and in particular leading the development and implementation of an Outer Estate Ministry action plan that places the Church at the centre of the community
  • Making new disciples for Jesus Christ and working with clergy and lay leaders to grow congregations and regenerate Christian life across the parishes
  • Developing relevant community-based programmes and activities which may include outreach work, youth ministry and evangelistic activities
  • Working with the clergy team to build and maintain effective links to local schools
  • Sharing in teaching and preaching and (where appropriate) worship leading
  • Contributing to a close-knit and mutually supportive team and being part of the praying and worshipping life of the Churches
  • Meeting targets set out by the Outer Estates Programme Board including the production of progress reports within pre-agreed timescales
  • Required to reside in urban estates area to enable relationships to build and become accessible to residents.
  • To hold meetings, groups and training sessions in the property that is provided, which is a location that is central to urban residents.

Within the Diocese

  • Supporting and advising clergy from the 20% most deprived parishes in discerning lay vocations and potential lay leaders
  • Forming and calling cohorts of potential lay leaders from around the Diocese
  • Pioneering, developing and delivering a contextually appropriate lay leadership formation programme
  • Training and supporting networks of volunteer mentors to assist in this
  • Supporting participants in discerning future ministries after participation in the programme
  • Supervising ordinands on long, short, full time and part time placements
  • Maintaining records and statistics as agreed


  • Attending to one’s personal growth as a disciple of Jesus Christ
  • Networking with others involved in estates evangelism and pioneering
  • Engaging in continued personal professional development

(E- Essential, D- Desirable)

  • A contagious faith and commitment to the ministry and mission of the Church (E)
  • The ability to reflect theologically and relate faith to contemporary urban issues (E)
  • A minimum of 2 years demonstrable experience of outreach/community work or ordained ministry in a relevant urban setting and up to date knowledge of the issues affecting urban communities (E)
  • Experience of working or volunteering with hard to reach people (E)
  • Ability to work both (a) independently using own initiative (b) as part of a team and (c) building a team around you (E)
  • Experience of leading project teams in mission and evangelism (E)
  • Experience of managing volunteers (D)
  • The ability to work in a compassionate and supportive way alongside people who have had negative life experiences (E)
  • Experience of developing and delivering training (E)
  • Professional qualification either in (E):
    • Community Work or a related field (eg youth work, counselling, DANOS qualification, etc)
    • Education (children or adults)
    • Theology (eg Ordination Training)
  • An energetic person who can foster enthusiasm for Urban Ministry (E)
  • A solution focused and resilient practitioner (E)
  • A good level of IT literacy with the ability to use Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Publisher (E)
  • Driving licence and access to own vehicle (E)
  • A good standard of numeracy and literacy with the ability to produce timely project update reports (E)
  • An understanding of safeguarding responsibilities (E)

The post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

This post is employed on a Blackburn Diocese Board of Finance Contract

Housing including Council tax and water is provided

Pension 10% employer contribution, 2% minimum employee contribution

Closing date: Saturday 1st December 2018

Interview date: Wednesday 12th December 2018

For an informal conversation about the roles please contact:

Revd Tim Horobin