This is a new role to enable the expansion of the M:Power urban leadership training programme into the Fylde coast conurbation.
The M:Power Training Programme is part of a £1.54 million investment by the Church Commissioners and the Diocese of Blackburn into releasing the God-given gifts of people from some of our most deprived and overlooked communities. The initial training hub is based in St James’ Lower Darwen where the second cohort of 15 people are currently engaged in a year long programme to empower them for ministry and service in their local churches.
The current core staff team is led by the Revd Canon Tim Horobin, and consists of two Urban Evangelists and a part-time Administrator. In addition to this the project is supported by over 25 volunteers, including parish clergy, Bishops and other senior diocesan staff.
A full job description is attached to this post.
1. To establish the M:Power training hub in Flyde Coast to serve the Fylde coast, with a first cohort of at least 10 starting training in September 2020, growing to a stable cohort of 16 per year thereafter.
2. To be lead tutor of the Flyde Coast M;Power training hub.
3. Actively recruit M:Power programme participants, tutors and mentors from across the theological traditions of the Church of England.
4. To play a full part in developing the content and delivery of the M:Power training programme, within the framework of transformation, mission and leadership.
5. Delivery of the M:Power programme, both directly and by facilitating other tutors and teachers.
6. Supporting and advising clergy from our most deprived parishes in discerning lay vocations and potential lay leaders.
7. Empowering and coaching course participants, enabling them to develop leadership skills within, and appropriate to, their local parish setting.
8. Work with all sponsoring incumbents to facilitate the formation of participants during training and their fruitful deployment once training is complete.
9. Supporting participants in discerning future ministries after participation in the programme.
10. Support the possible development of other M:Power hubs(within and outside the Diocese) in the future.
11. Maintaining records, financial accounts and statistics to support the stewardship of the project
12. Other responsibilities as may be assigned by the Project Manager that are in keeping with the ethos of the role.
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.
Qualifications & Experience
There are no formal educational qualification requirements for this role but candidates are expected to have undertaken some theological training such as a diocesan programme or other recognised training such as a Licensed Lay Ministry or Church Army training programme. A proven track record in leadership of urban ministry is essential.
Knowledge and Gifts
1. A gifted communicator, who can express the deep truths of Christianity in clear and accessible language for a range of contexts.
2. The ability to inspire others to grow in holiness as disciples of Jesus Christ across the breadth of the traditions of the Church of England.
3. Strong administrative gifts to enable the new hub to run well, and to be well integrated into the rest of the M:Power project.
4. The ability to lead, be led and be fruitful as part of a dynamic, diverse and dispersed team.
5. A working knowledge of the Church of England structures and traditions.
1. A vibrant, life-giving and life-shaping Christian faith, rooted in a local church, ideally an Anglican local church.
2. Good self-awareness, with a desire to work well with those with whom you disagree.
3. A desire to grow as a person, as a Christian and as a leader.
1. Flexibility to work some evening and weekends.
2. Willing to travel both within the Diocese and beyond.
3. Full Driving licence and use of car for work purposes.
Closing: 23rd January
Interviews: 28th January 2020