Generous Giving Adviser

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Leicester
Permanent
30,000

We are seeking a collaborative worker with a deep understanding of church life to help us continue developing a generous culture across the Diocese of Leicester.

Would you like to see God’s generosity overflowing in communities across Leicester and Leicestershire?

If you have:

  • understanding and belief in the importance of generous Christian giving in discipleship and church life
  • enthusiasm to equip and resource lay and ordained people to confidently lead generous churches
  • experience in helping communities see things in new ways and adopt new approaches

…then we want to consider your application to work with us to spread the Good News of God’s generosity. You will be helping the team in our commitment to grow resources for mission and ministry in our diocese. In your role you will act as a consultant to churches of all sizes and traditions to help them to develop a strong culture of generosity and build financial resilience.

The Generous Giving Adviser will work as part of a team that is seeking to develop a culture of Generous Giving in individuals and churches across the Diocese of Leicester. You will inspire, challenge and equip church communities and leaders to recognise God’s generosity at work amongst them, and accompany them as they make a response. All this is delivered in reference to, and as part of, the wider Diocesan strategy: Shaped by God.

Work in a consultative / coaching role with churches to assist them in developing a culture of generosity by:

  • Helping them to explore and understand their current reality in relation to generosity and giving, and create a vision with them of how this could be grown and developed.
  • Work with them to form a plan to achieve this vision by addressing discipleship, creating and communicating vision and developing best practice.
  • Accompany them through the delivery of the plan: supporting them with resources, encouragement and problem solving as necessary.
  • Follow up after a renewal of giving by analysing results, and identifying future areas for growth and development of generous culture.

Work collaboratively with the team to:

  • Promote tools that make giving easier and church income more resilient: moving away from cash and towards online and bank giving.
  • Deliver training to key stakeholders.
  • Enable the Parish Contribution offer process.

Undertake speaking engagements in response to requests from parishes, including weekend and evening appointments when required and preaching if possible.

Essential:

  • Committed Christian with understanding and experience of stewardship/giving and discipleship and how the two fit together.
  • Understands the challenges facing local church communities.
  • Ability to inspire and equip churches to engage positively with challenging topics.
  • Comfortable and confident in a variety of church contexts, with a good knowledge of church culture and decision making, and the ability to influence and challenge where appropriate.
  • Ability to balance working with a number of churches at one time without losing track.
  • Willing to work collaboratively with the team: supporting each other and working creatively together to problem solve.
  • Willing to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends.
  • IT literate: including use of Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, Zoom.

Desirable:

  • Experience of nurturing regular giving.
  • Experience of assessing training needs and delivering or arranging suitable training to meet them.
  • Able to interpret basic church accounts.
  • An engaging, inspiring and persuasive public speaker with experience of preaching.
  • Ability to write engaging, inspiring and persuasive communication materials.
  • Understanding of the different church traditions with the Church of England.

The main focus of our team is to support churches as they seek to grow their generous culture by working alongside them in a coaching and consultancy role to address giving. In this way we help to broach the topic of money (which may be a little taboo), open eyes to what might be possible, work together to produce a plan and resources, and then assist with evaluation and planning for the future. Renewing giving is not just a one-off event, but a continuing journey of deepening the generous culture of that place of worship.

For an informal conversation about the role contact Sally Bossingham: 07950 428829 / sally.bossingham@leccofe.org

We encourage applications from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) candidates, who are currently under-represented in the organization.

Closing date: Monday 21st September 2020, 09:00

Interview date: Tuesday 6th October 2020