Director of Outreach

Posted 20 days agoExpires in 5 days
Daresbury Park
£42066 to £46737 dependent upon qualifications and experience

Applications are invited for this newly created post to lead the new Outreach department and to encourage, inspire and promote mission and evangelism across the Diocese of Chester.

The Outreach department has combined the previous departments of Mission and Social Responsibility into one team that will work to deliver the Church of England’s five Marks of Mission in the Diocese of Chester.

The job description, person specification, background paper and application form can be downloaded from the Diocesan website:

Applications cannot be made via Pathways and must be made using the application form found on the diocesan website using the link above.

Completed application forms should be returned to Mrs E A Geddes, Diocesan Director of Human Resources, Church House, 5500 Daresbury Park, Warrington, WA4 4GE or

Closing date: 5pm on Monday 13th July 2020

Interviews will be held on: Thursday 23rd July 2020

There is an Occupational Requirement that the post holder is a practising Christian in accordance with the Equality Act, 2010.

Hours of work:Full time 35 hours (Flexible – some evening/weekend work will be required)

The Director of Outreach post is based at Church House, Daresbury, WA4 4GE, with some travel around the Diocese.

Overall Purpose of the Post

  • To oversee delivery across all 5 Marks of Mission in parishes, deaneries and diocese and that the balance of evangelism and social responsibility is sustained.
  • To promote community engagement and social action throughout the diocese.
  • To oversee and line manage the other stipendiary/salaried posts in the department and oversee the assessment and use of accurate statistical information in liaison with the national church.
  • To have particular responsibility for overseeing and coordinating extra-parochial resources for mission and liaison with existing partners and liaising with national resources and initiatives.
  • To identify gaps in mission delivery across the diocese and advise as to possible responses.
  • To play a key role in contributing to the shaping of diocesan missional approaches and advise on possible diocesan missional strategies.

Principal Duties

  • To encourage, inspire and promote mission and evangelism across the Diocese of Chester.
  • To enable the Diocese to work in partnership with national mission and evangelism initiatives and promote areas of social action and justice as determined by the Church of England and its General Synod.
  • To advise and inform the Bishop, the Diocesan Synod and other diocesan officers on matters relating to the 5 Marks of Mission.
  • To encourage, enable, train and advise the clergy and laity of the diocese in matters relating to all 5 Marks of Mission.
  • To seek opportunities for co-operation with other agencies in relation to social responsibility and evangelism.
  • To facilitate the work of the relevant committees, sub-committees and working groups.
  • To ensure support, advice, resources and information is provided to parishes, facilitating networks of help and support.
  • To act as a link with the Church Urban Fund, particularly through Transforming Lives Together.
  • To manage the staff and financial resources allocated to the department of Outreach

General Duties

  • To prepare annual reports on the work undertaken for the Outreach department.
  • To attend staff meetings and other relevant meetings.
  • To speak at appropriate services and meetings.
  • To play a full part with other staff in the activities of the diocese, including membership of the Church House Management Group.
  • To promote departmental collaboration and to work closely with colleagues in Church House
  • To undertake training as required.
  • To carry out other such duties of a similar or related nature as may be required.

The successful candidate will be responsible for this delivery across all 5 Marks of Mission in parishes, deaneries and the Diocese as well as ensuring that the balance of evangelism and social responsibility is sustained. They will advise and inform the Bishop, the Diocesan Synod and other diocesan officers in these areas of responsibility.

They will require wide ranging experience of church leadership as an ordained or lay person, including hands-on involvement in mission and evangelism. (S)he will have proven experience as a practitioner of mission and / or social responsibility who will work with parishes and the Diocese in new missionary and social responsibility initiatives.

The work of the Chester Diocesan Board of Finance (DBF) is operated from within Church House and is located at Daresbury Park, Warrington.

The DBF is the body which oversees the central financial and administrative work of the Diocese of Chester, provides support, teaching and trained personnel to advance the mission and ministry of the parishes within the Church of England Diocese of Chester, and the mission and ministries of the bishops of the Diocese.

The DBF is part of the Church of England, the established Church of the land, which proclaims Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, and aims to proclaim the Kingdom of God in an open way to all people, of all races, cultures and backgrounds.

For many posts within the Diocese those who are not members of the Church of England are welcome to apply. We respect their right to express different religious and philosophical opinions but require them, as employees of the Diocese, to respect our ethos as an Anglican Christian organisation and not to undermine it. These posts will require the post-holders to be in sympathy with the aims and objectives of the Church of England.

Some posts may include an Occupational Requirement for the post holder to be a practising Christian in accordance with the Equality Act, 2010. Where this applies the recruitment documentation will state this.

The Diocese of Chester is in the province of York in the Church of England, part of the global Anglican Communion. For more information about our life, ministry and work please visit our website We are linked with the Anglican Church of Melanesia in the Solomon Islands and the Dioceses of Aru and Boga in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Diocese covers an area of 1025 square miles, approximately the old Victorian County of Chester, including parts which subsequently became absorbed into Merseyside and Greater Manchester. The Rivers Mersey and Tame approximately delineate the boundary with Liverpool and Manchester. There are areas of dense urban population, mainly in the north, stretching from Birkenhead to East Manchester. There are prosperous suburban regions of West and South Wirral, Chester and south of Manchester, with a mainly rural heartland, bounded by the Derbyshire Pennines and the Welsh Border. The overall population is around 1.6 million.

The diocesan bishop designate is Mark Tanner. The diocesan bishop of Chester is supported by two suffragan bishops: the Bishop of Birkenhead is Keith Sinclair and the position of Bishop of Stockport is currently vacant.

The Cathedral for the Diocese is in Chester.

The Diocese is divided into two archdeaconries: Chester covering the western half and Macclesfield the eastern, each with nine deaneries. There are 273 parishes, about 100 of which can be described as rural. Compared with many dioceses, there are few teams, and few multi-parish benefices. There are approximately 231 stipendiary clergy. The ministry of Readers and Pastoral Workers is important, with over 400 licensed. The role of self-supporting ministers is increasing, with over 80 in post at present.

Roughly speaking, the Archdeaconry of Macclesfield covers that part of the diocese to the east of the M6, plus the area around Crewe and Nantwich. The Archdeaconry of Chester covers the rest of the diocese to the west of the M6. Each archdeaconry has a broad mix of urban and rural parishes. The Archdeacon of Chester lives in Chester, and the Archdeacon of Macclesfield lives in Congleton. Both now work from Church House, Daresbury.