In December 2019 the Bishop’s Leadership Team committed to a new strategic framework for the lay majority as a key part of the implementation of the Growing Leaders strand of Vision 2026 and the Setting God’s People Free report. The framework commits the Diocese of Blackburn to nurturing four distinct and complementary forms of lay ministry:
Informal Local Lay Ministry
Authorised Lay Ministry (ALM)
Licensed Lay Ministry (LLM, formerly known as Reader ministry)
Church Army Ministry
The new role of Warden of Lay Ministry will hold the vision and enable the delivery of the new Lay Ministry Strategy. He/she will have oversight of those responsible for much of its implementation.
A core member of the Growing Leaders Team with a clear remit to grow all forms of lay ministry
The Director of Vocations, who will be the post holder’s line manager.
The Bishop of Burnley, who has episcopal oversight of the Growing Leaders Team.
The Lay Leadership Officer, who will lead the development of the ALM programme.
The Blackburn Director of Studies for All Saints training, who is responsible for training LLMs in the diocese.
Parish Clergy, Vision Champions and other local parish lay leaders.
The Deputy Wardens of Lay Ministry and Lay Ministry Chaplains.
Key Responsibilities will include:
Support the implementation of the new strategy in all areas of the life of the diocese, working across the full range of traditions and ministry contexts
Work with the Lay Leadership Officer to develop the new ALM programme, including developing the required teams and processes.
Ensure all ALM candidates are interviewed before and after formational training to appropriately assess development.
Support the M:Power urban leadership training programme(s), especially in recruitment.
Play a leading role in the refocusing of current Readers into LLMs around the three nationally agreed strands of:
Leading in church and society
Teaching the faith
Lead the migration of inherited Pastoral assistants to Pastoral ALMs
Lead the development of a sustainable LLM CME programme.
Work with the Director of Vocations to establish a core team of Deputy Wardens of Lay Ministry and Lay Ministry Chaplains
Hold the responsibilities of the office of Warden of Readers, including:
the admission and licensing of LLMs
oversight of the triennial LLM relicensing preliminaries and service
Support the discernment of all lay vocations, under the leadership of the Director of Vocations, especially as part of LLM discernment days.
Support the promotion of all forms of lay and ordained vocations, under the leadership of the Director of Vocations.
Promote good relationships between all forms of lay ministry and parish incumbents, helping to facilitate the resolution of any difficult situations that may arise.
Relate to national initiatives on lay leadership (including the relevant parts of Renewal and Reform) and participate in relevant national and regional networks.
Other tasks in keeping with the ethos of the role as assigned and agreed.
Note that because this role is part time, it will be crucial for the post holder to recruit, motivate and oversee the work of volunteers who will need to do much of the front-line delivery of the responsibilities of this role.
A passionate commitment to enabling the ministry of the lay majority within the parishes of all traditions that make up the Diocese of Blackburn.
An inherently collaborative approach to ministry in which those of different traditions and views are valued.
Direct experience of lay ministry in a parochial setting.
Successfully completed a recognised theological education and formation programme.
Basic skills in basic administration and organisation, including the use of information technology.
A working knowledge of current lay majority ministry thinking and practice across the Church of England.
Vocational discernment experience.
Experience in Continuing Ministerial Development.
A sympathetic appreciation of the frustrations which can attend Lay Ministry, alongside an eagerness to foster reconciliation and a constructive attitude where necessary.
Familiarity with the development of promotional materials for the digital age.
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.
For an informal conversation regarding this post please contact: Rev`d Nick McKee at firstname.lastname@example.org.