Generous Giving Training Manager

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Fixed Term Full Time
£38,331 rising to £41,216 (London based)

Voluntary Income in The Church of England is over £800M a year, and funds most of the church’s mission and ministry. The Church of England has adopted a National Giving Strategy for 2020-2025 that will invest in different ways to encourage giving within its churches.

The clergy have a critical leadership role to play in encouraging generosity and giving to the church, but often feel reluctant and lacking in confidence to fulfil this role. Currently giving is not taught to any significant degree in ordination training, and training for clergy within dioceses is limited and variable. This is an endemic and deep-rooted issue within the church – it has been this way for at least 100 years, probably much longer – and so the cultural change required will take determination and patience.

As Generous Giving Training Manager,you will create online and face to face clergy training resources and work with the Giving Advisors, to enable this to be delivered across all dioceses. You will also develop training resources for others within the church particularly laity, who take on responsibilities in this area.

To be successful, you will need experience of successfully delivering training, ideally within a church environment and of successfully encouraging giving in a paid or voluntary capacity. With leadership and influencing skills, you will be confident communicating to all audiences with a high degree of sensitivity and discretion.

Due to the specialist nature of the roles within the Giving team, training will be provided to successful candidates to enable them to carry out their role confidently.

We are a dispersed team and have a very flexible approach when it comes to working locations. In light of Covid-19, all team members are currently based at home. As a National Team we work throughout the dioceses and predominantly use online platforms to meet and train colleagues and parishes. However the willingness for some travel throughout England and Wales and work occasional weekends may be required from 2021 onwards.

Salary £38,331 p.a.- £41,216 p.a. (London based), £35,730 p.a.- £38,419 p.a. (Outer London).

This is a fixed term contact expected to last for 3 years.

Interviews are expected to be held w/c 10th August 2020 remotely using Zoom.

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 Role

Research and consultation

Work with key individuals within dioceses and NCIs to research and consult on the most effective ways to develop training for clergy.

This includes:

  • Consult with dioceses, theological colleges and colleagues in the Ministry division to explore different ways that training can effectively be delivered to clergy.
  • Develop an understanding as to how giving and generosity link with other training priorities including mission, discipleship, financial management and governance.
  • Explore the opportunities for clergy to deepen their experience of a generous God, and reflect on the extent to which generosity is integral to their ministry, and how this opportunity can be delivered as part of pastoral care for their health and wellbeing.
  • Review existing training provision, and map the extent of training currently provided for giving and generosity.

Train clergy

Create a training strategy for clergy, working with partners within NCIs, the wider church and external agencies, and manage the roll out of training across all dioceses.

This includes:

  • Pilot different approaches to clergy training on giving and generosity with early adopter dioceses
  • Write a report for the Archbishops’ Council Finance Committee, Ministry Council and others on the conclusions reached and recommendations on the approach(es) to be taken for a national roll out.
  • Create a project plan for the implementation of training on leading generous churches across all dioceses.
  • Engage with dioceses, colleagues in the national team, colleagues in the Ministry division, theological colleges and training providers to create training frameworks and materials for clergy on leading generous churches.
  • Implement the project plan, rolling out training across all dioceses.
  • Integrate ongoing evaluation and monitoring of impact to help shape the roll out of the training.  

Train laity

Work with partners within NCIs and the wider church to produce training resources for laity and manage the roll out of training across all dioceses.

This includes:

  • Identify the training needs of laity within dioceses around giving and generosity.
  • Explore the most effective means of introducing generosity retreats into parish life, and develop materials and training as required before rolling out across the dioceses.
  • Work with the Marketing Manager to review the training and guidance available online for laity around all aspects of encouraging giving and generosity, including discipleship resources, advice on gift aid, giving initiatives within church life, giving campaigns etc.
  • Develop new resources, using the Generosity Materials Fund as needed in partnership with dioceses, and curate the web resources on the ‘generous church’ website.
  • Present via online webinars to run diocesan training events, as requested by Regional Giving Advisors, to help encourage giving and generosity.

The Requirements


This is an unusual role, and success will require a wide combination of skills. The combination of experiences is not prescribed, but may include:


  • Experience of successfully delivering training, in both a virtual and physical capacity
  • Experience of successfully encouraging giving in a paid or voluntary capacity is essential
  • Experience of influencing through communications


  • Experience of ideally delivering training within a church environment, and with clergy
  • Experience of working within the Church sector is desirable, either in a paid or voluntary capacity, ideally in relation to giving or church finances

Competencies required

  • Proven educator, able to evidence learning through training given in the past
  • Good inter-personal skills, as this work requires a high degree of sensitivity and discretion
  • An ethical approach, with practice that is entirely consistent with the Christian faith and abides by all relevant legislation (including the Code of Fundraising practice)
  • Effective written and oral communication, especially in presenting to large groups
  • Good leadership and influencing skills
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Ability to manage time effectively, prioritising tasks and ensuring deadlines are met
  • Strong analytical and data management skills
  • Very strong self-motivator and initiator as the job requires an ability to work unsupervised
  • Strong administrative skills, including knowledge and experience of using Microsoft Office effectively
  • Good at working within a diverse and dispersed team
  • An ability to think strategically, as this role will assist in delivering the new national giving strategy, and the post holder will need to see and communicate training and guidance as strategic issues for dioceses and parishes


  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Professional Qualification is desirable. Membership of the Institute of Fundraising will be provided once the successful candidate has been appointed.


Success in the role demands good understanding of devolved nature of the Church of England, and the ability to work effectively across it.  The post-holder will be expected to develop material and presentations on how generosity is intrinsic to the living out of the Christian faith.

In light of Covid-19, the role will be based at home with the majority of training being developed and delivered online. From 2021 onwards, the role will be reviewed, and will probably require some travel throughout England. It may also require occasional work on weekends. If the postholder is not based in Church House, they will need to attend some meetings and training centrally, and so must be willing to travel as required.

We in the National Church Institutions support the mission and ministries of the Church all over England. We work with parishes, dioceses (regional offices), schools, other ministries and our partners at a national and international level.

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As we are a member of the Armed Forces Covenant, we welcome applications from those of you who have served in our Armed Forces and their families.

We are committed to building a culturally diverse workforce. As part of this commitment, we welcome applications from people, regardless of their background. As a Disability Confident committed employer, it is important to note that there may be occasions where it is not practical or appropriate to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria* due to high volume. We limit the amount of interviews conducted to five applicants per open post we advertise. 

*Where applicable depending on post requirements.