Being Witnesses Manager

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£38,000 per annum

It’s an exciting time to join the Diocese of Blackburn with the implementation of Vision 2026. Our Vision has the ambition to see healthy churches transforming communities across Lancashire, by Making Disciples, Being Witnesses, Growing Leaders and prioritising work amongst children, young people and schools. As part of our Vision we are seeking to recruit a vital role in the Being Witnesses Manager. This is a wonderful opportunity for the right individual to help shape and deliver one of the key Vision strands ‘Being Witnesses to Jesus Christ’.

You will be joining a supportive and enthusiastic team working closely with myself and colleagues and focused on sharing the gospel, showing God’s love through meeting human need and growing God’s kingdom by planting new churches and renewing existing congregations.

Thank you for taking an interest in this exciting role. I hope you will find this material useful and inspiring. Further information about the Diocese and Vision 2026 can be found at

Bishop of Lancaster, Rt Rev Jill Duff

The Being Witnesses Manager will establish the diocese to deliver and leverage on the three strands of the Being Witnesses team brief. The aims and objectives of the brief are as follows;

1. Sharing the Gospel of salvation with confidence

2. Meeting human need: actions as well as words

3. New Local Congregations and Strategic Church Plants

Key Responsibilities

  • To share with the Bishop of Lancaster the development of the strategy for implementation of the Being Witnesses Vision priority in the Diocese of Blackburn

  • To oversee all operational aspects of the implementation of the Being Witnesses strategy including close collaboration with other DBF, DBE staff and Bishops and Archdeacons

  • Develop and monitor appropriate performance measures to track strategy implementation and enable reporting as appropriate to the Bishop of Lancaster

  • To oversee resources being used by the Being Witnesses team including developing and managing the annual budget, ensuring proper financial processes are followed

  • Act as the centre point within the team, guarding team culture and communications

  • To develop structures for volunteers within the Being Witnesses team including how they are recruited, motivated and overseen

  • To lead on the development of resources (electronic & paper-based) to support the Being Witnesses work

  • To oversee events, conferences (e.g. urban, rural conference), training and networking

  • Using organisational skills to contribute to the development of new congregations.

Genuine Occupational Requirement

This post is subject to an occupational requirement that the postholder be a practising Christian under Part 1 of Schedule 9 of the Equality Act 2010.



  • Degree level or equivalent



  • Track record of active involvement in mission, evangelism and social transformation


  • Experience of church planting

  • Experience of working with schools (secular and Church)

  • Experience of healing and deliverance

Knowledge and Skills


  • Ability and experience of implanting strategy: turning ideas into practical action

  • A problem solver: ability to identify solutions to complex organisational or administrative problems

  • Ability to co-ordinate, motivate volunteers

  • Ability to network, collaborate and readily build relationships

  • Ability to organise and publicise events

  • Ability to form effective working relationships with a diverse range of people and organisations

  • Organised and administratively effective with good working knowledge of IT and social media platforms

  • Ability to work independently in handling a diverse workload and in keeping to deadlines with an attention to detail

  • Someone who is loyal to the inheritance of faith revealed in the Scriptures, who is excited by the Gospel and articulate in communicating the saving news of God in Jesus Christ

  • Someone who takes real delight in the breadth of the Church of England with a genuine appreciation of the Five Guiding Principles and the willingness to work in diverse cultural and theological contexts

  • Demonstrable ability and experience in contributing to the shaping of a Christian team and integrating spirituality with professional standards



  • A person of prayer, sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit

  • A committed and communicant member of a Christian church recognised by Churches Together in England

  • A problem solver: ability to identify solutions to complex organisational or administrative problems


  • Active participation in the life of an Anglican parish



  • Flexibility to work some evening and weekends

  • Willing to travel both within the Diocese and beyond

  • Full Driving licence and use of car for work purpose

For information about Blackburn Diocese click here

For an informal conversation regarding this post please contact:

The Rt Revd Dr Jill Duff, Bishop of Lancaster via her Secretary:

Closing date: Tuesday 7th January 2020

Interview date: Tuesday 28th January 2020