Sport and wellbeing are vital to the Church of England’s mission strategy to be a church for ‘All people in every place’. It provides the opportunity to connect with nearly 50% of England’s population, the vast majority of whom are not in church regularly.
This has a huge evangelistic potential which necessitates a coherent and strategic approach in the Church of England at both national and diocesan level, to contribute to a growing and outward facing church.
Fixed term contract expected to last for 3 years
Based at Church House, Westminster with travel
As National Sport Project Officer for the Church of England’s ‘Sport/Wellbeing and Evangelism Project’, you will be accountable to the Director of Evangelism and Discipleship. You will be part of the Evangelism and Discipleship (E&D) Team, playing a full part in the team’s life and working closely with the Sports Advisory Group.
This is a unique and exciting opportunity to initially catalyse and develop this ground-breaking project to facilitate the best possible opportunities for sport to become a key component of diocesan plans for evangelism, mission and church planting.
With a passion for evangelism, good project and stakeholder management experience and knowledge of sport and wellbeing, you will have the organisational, interpersonal and advocacy skills needed to communicate clearly across all levels of the Church of England.
Interviews will be held on the 6th February 2020.
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 project aims to work with five pilot Dioceses who through being part of this project will be helped :
To connect with large parts of the community who presently the Church finds hard to reach with the potential of long-term growth for existing and new congregations
To see the growth and development of younger congregations as sport brings churches into contact with many more young people
To develop an integrated schools' outreach through PE & RE in every primary school in the Diocese as part of the ‘Growing Faith Initiative’
To create innovative ways of evangelism through meeting the needs of local communities (e.g. mental health, physical health, loneliness, youth violence etc) through sport and physical activity
To access experts and practitioners who are key national leaders in sports/wellbeing
To create a pipeline of trained leaders in sport/wellbeing to ensure the long-term sustainability of the project
The main role of the Project Officer will be :
To work with the Sports & Well Being Advisory Group in developing and implementing the plans to establish over three years an evolving sport/wellbeing and evangelism project in the Church of England with the pilot dioceses and other key bodies and stakeholders
To help to identify and negotiate with the five pilot dioceses through meeting with Bishops Senior Staff teams and other interested parties and then enable them to form a diocesan steering group to oversee the project
To support the five dioceses in establishing the project in their dioceses. Also to help them work with national experts who will work with the Diocesan steering group to help them create the right vision for ‘growth through sport/wellbeing’
To help the pilot dioceses through regular evaluation, measuring outcomes, coordinating an ongoing review and developing sustainability plans
Liaise and engage closely with Ridley Hall Theological College, Cambridge and other Christian sports organisations to ensure the provision of effective training and pathways to deliver the professional development of ordained and lay sports and well-being ministry leaders
To organise a national learning community to enable the pilot dioceses to share best practice learning in order to create a national framework for sports and well-being ministry
To manage the Church of England’s partnership with key stakeholders including the major sports ministry/chaplaincy organisations to achieve the project goals
To facilitate the dissemination of developed learning across the whole Church providing shared stories and training resources and communicate the story of the project to the wider church/denominational networks and stakeholders
Ability to catalyse,develop and deliver a new national project within the Church of England
A strategic thinker who can respond creatively and flexibly to different Diocesan contexts and can help Dioceses to develop a coherent and intentional plan
Good project management and stakeholder management skills and organisational, interpersonal and advocacy skills
Ability to communicate and work well with key leaders at Diocesan level in the Church of England
Skills to create and develop partnerships with other key sports organisations in order to deliver the project plans
A passion for evangelism and a desire to see a church 'for all people in every place' through the opportunities provided by sport
Knowledge and personal experience of good practice in evangelism in the Church today
Experience of delivering a strategic project involving several stakeholders
Understanding and personal experience of the role of sport/wellbeing as a key component of evangelism and mission in the Church today
A good understanding of contemporary missiological thinking and practice
Committed to professional development for practitioners in sports ministry
Good understanding of the workings of the Church of England
Ability to handle the pressure of a demanding post, requiring travel and absence from home
Ability to gain the trust and respect of senior staff within the Church of England and wider church and parachurch leaders
A personal enthusiasm for professional development
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