In the Diocese of Liverpool, we are asking God for a bigger church, to make a bigger difference – more people knowing Jesus, so that there might be more justice in the world. The broad Diocesan strategy, over the next 10 years, is as follows:
sign people up to the Rule of Life (10,000 disciples)
identify, nurture and release leaders (1,000 leaders)
commission teams to start new worshipping communities (100 congregations)
Within this context, there are currently four important projects across the Diocese which have been funded by the National Church. The Joshua Centre was set up as the second of these projects, with the long-term goal of multiplying new congregations within existing church structures:
“Our overarching long-term goal is to develop a realistic, replicable, sustainable and scalable model for launching new congregations, fully embedding a diocesan strategy for the ongoing multiplication of congregations.”
All candidates invited to interview will be expected to deliver a 10 minute presentation on ‘Coaching Leaders’ drawing on examples from their own experiences. There will then be a series of questions, based on items from the Person Specification and the Staff Values of the Diocese.
Hours of work - 15 per week Salary - £14,000 pa Closing date - 26th August
Interview date - 3rd September
The Joshua Centre is a partnership project between Liverpool Cathedral and the Diocese of Liverpool, which is financed by the National Church of England’s ‘Strategic Development Fund’ (SDF). It is a 5 year project which started in 2017. Its aims are to support the launch of 30 new congregations across the Diocese, and from these congregations to see 900 new disciples emerge by June 2022.
The Multiplying Congregations project started in June 2017, and currently has two staff members – the Director (full time) and an Administration & Communications Officer (12 hours per week). The Director oversees the initial training of new congregation leaders and is primarily responsible for their ongoing coaching. The administrator ensures that quarterly reviews are booked in, records kept up-to-date, reports distributed and meetings minuted.
There is also a Steering Group of 5 people (meeting monthly), which make decisions on new partnership applications, and a Programme Board of 8 people (meeting quarterly), which oversees the governance of the project (and reports to both the Cathedral Chapter and the Diocesan Oversight Team). The Church Commissioners (who fund the project) also review its progress on an annual basis.
We are currently doing well at starting new congregations (27 started in 3 years, with over 600+ people in attendance across all of these), but the main challenge for these congregations is in making new disciples and becoming financially sustainable.
The thinking behind this role is that a gifted and experienced evangelist and leadership coach, working with and alongside new congregation leadership teams, would encourage and assist their development in these areas, so that the project goals may be realised.
To inspire and assist the leadership teams of Joshua Centre partner congregations to:
focus their time, attention, energy and prayers on making new disciple
devise contextualised and workable strategies for making new disciples
implement, learn from and adapt their strategies for making new disciples
Engage whole-heartedly in daily team prayers for those whom we serve.
Encourage congregations to believe that making new disciples is possible.
Enthuse congregations about the joy and privilege of making new disciples.
Enable congregations to think creatively and act innovatively in local mission.
Ensure that leaders make plans and are reminded about fulfilling their plans.
Assess the evangelistic progress of some congregations in their quarterly reviews.
Help with planning and delivery of Leadership Huddles and Learning Communities.
Contribute insightfully to Steering Group and Programme Board meeting discussions.
Promote and uphold Diocesan Safeguarding policies and practices.
To carry out any other duties as are relevant and reasonable to the role.
Sound level of understanding and experience in both theology and leadership development / coaching
Effective, well-respected leadership and oversight of the same Christian congregation(s) for over 5 years.
Involvement in the start-up and oversight of other, new congregations and groups, which have themselves lasted longer than 3 years.
Significant involvement in coaching and mentoring of leaders of other Christian congregations, both locally and remotely.
Ability to handle a diverse range of tasks and to prioritise them effectively according to their relative importance alongside other demands.
Excellent organisation skills with an ability to work to deadlines.
Excellent IT skills with experience of (and confidence in using) Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook.
Excellent inter-personal skills with experience of helping others develop.
Warm and tactful communication skills in face-to-face contexts, on the telephone, electronically and in writing.
Positive, optimistic and hopeful.
Determined, resourceful and resilient.
Flexible work approach.
Ability to deal with a wide range of people, to quickly build rapport and act with patience, sensitivity and tact.
Approachable and dependable.
Ability to use own initiative.
Willing to work alone and as an integral part of a small team.
Have strong personal convictions about the value of this project and about the vital contribution which this role can make to it.
To have an understanding of, and be in sympathy with, the Church of England.
Undergraduate degree in theology and/or biblical studies.
Qualification in leadership development and/or coaching.
Some involvement in the setting up, running and/or governance of other enterprising new initiatives in the business, education and/or third sectors.
We treat others as we expect to be treated
We respond promptly and appropriately to requests from others
We respect and value the contribution of all colleagues
We treat all colleagues and those we serve with respect, courtesy and warmth
What we do, we do well
We perform to the best of our ability, ensuring our knowledge is kept up to date
We demonstrate a ‘can-do’ attitude
We take ownership of issues, aiming to exceed expectations
We make things happen
We embrace and drive change
We do great things with enthusiasm, passion and enjoyment
We are creative, open minded and willing to adapt for the good of the organisation
We do it better together
We willingly share ideas, knowledge, expertise and experience