Vocations Officer and Director of Ordinands

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Salary circa £40k

This post is open to everyone; lay and ordained

The Diocese of Canterbury is seeking a new Vocations Officer and Director of Ordinands to work with our parishes and deaneries seeking out vocations to reimagined and traditional forms of ministry. 

This post is at the heart of bringing energy and imagination into shaping the future leadership of the church. You will help Christians from diverse backgrounds answer the question: ‘Is God calling me to serve in His church?’

This is a great opportunity to join a talented team thinking theologically and strategically about ministry who can offer you the chance to make a personal impact and influence the delivery of our strategic mission.


The post holder is managed by the Director of Mission and Ministry on behalf of Archbishop’s Council, works closely with the Bishop and Archdeacons, and is a member of the Mission and Ministry Framework [Note: ‘Archbishop’s Council’ in the Canterbury Diocese is elsewhere the ‘Bishop’s Council’]. The principal tasks include:

  • oversee the work of lay vocations development in the diocese and to lead the diocesan vocations’ network;
  • work with candidates from enquiry to ordination and advise the bishop about the sponsorship of candidates for Bishops Advisory Panels (BAPS);
  • manage the organisation, facilitation and settlement of Title Posts;
  • participate in the training programme of Training Incumbents;
  • play a key role contributing to the CHANGED LIVES>CHANGING LIVES vision;
  • support development of pioneer and other emergent ministries;
  • attention to personal and ministerial development.

Experience of discerning and encouraging vocations.

Experience in parish ministry.

Breadth of the Church of England.

Theologically trained with at least an undergraduate degree in Theology/Ministry

Excellent listener able to empathise and establish rapport.

Effective communicator, good report writing and general communication skills including preaching and public speaking.

Able to give accurate feedback and guidance to candidates and bishops.

Work collaboratively with lay people and clergy asequal colleagues in a strong team culture.

Team building with volunteers.

Demonstrate a reflective and imaginative theological understanding of ministry, both lay and ordained.

Managing people effectively.

High levels of influencing and persuading skills.

Financial management.

Computer literate.

Canterbury is the oldest diocese in the Church of England. Our ministry to the peoples of Kent began with an eclectic group of missionaries arriving on the shores of East Kent in AD 597 and moved inland to meet the King and his Christian Queen. These lay and ordained missionaries brought significant gifts and skills as they proclaimed the Good News of Christ Jesus to the peoples of Kent. The King was converted, an Abbey and cathedral and school were established, local ministers were deployed, and the English Church as we know it became established and spread through the country.

The Diocesan Bishop is the Archbishop of Canterbury, but because of his other duties Archbishop Justin delegates the oversight of the Diocese to the Bishop of Dover, Rose Hudson-Wilkin, who shares this oversight with a team of senior colleagues. The diocese is mainly rural in character with 284 parishes of 98 benefices, 140 paid clergy, 65 self-supporting ministers, 90 lay readers and 30 lay employees (full time equivalent).

Our vision of transformation is within our Changed Lives – Changing Lives strategy.  This vision of transformation is for ourselves and our communities: no one can encounter God and remain unchanged. In the Diocese of Canterbury, we want to increasingly become a Christian community transformed through encounter with Christ, growing and overflowing to transform and bless the families, homes and communities we serve.

In a rapidly changing environment it is important that we explore new ways of being Christian disciples in and for the world. This diocese is developing a reputation for innovation. In these exciting and challenging times, we believe that the Vocations Officer and Director of Ordinands will be a key player who will work closely with a talented team thinking theologically and strategically about shaping ministry for the future.