LMP Tutor (0.4 FTE)

Posted 11 days agoExpires in 4 days
Church House, 20 Alan Turing Rd, Guildford
Fixed Term Part Time
29,000 (FTE) with a generous non-contributory pension provision

This role is a fantastic opportunity for someone who genuinely desires to contribute to education, training for ministry and the development of vocations, both lay and ordained. The Local Ministry Programme needs a team player to work alongside colleagues in ‘formation for ministry’ through teaching and pastoral care of students.

You will enjoy:

  • Working with students to develop their vocation to lay and ordained ministry
  • Teaching, developing new course materials and marking set assignments
  • Assisting students through the formational process for their three-year DipHE course
  • Teaching BA level modules to ongoing learners
  • Being part of a close-knit team that works creatively together to deliver ministry training to a varied group of students from around the diocese

The role is for 14 hours a week, requiring a flexible approach to a varied workload. You will be responsible for creating new resources and modifying existing ones, to continue the delivery of the LMP curriculum under Common Awards, validated by Durham University. The main teaching hub is on Monday evenings, at Christ’s College, Guildford; but attendance is also required at residential weekends from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon (two per annum), and three Saturday study days per annum. Currently some teaching is being delivered remotely due to Covid-19 restrictions.

To deliver training to, and have pastoral oversight of, ordained and lay ministry students on Guildford diocese’s ministry programme


  • Teach and facilitate learning for students on the Local Ministry Programme under Common Awards, in conjunction with other staff team members. (The delivery of general theological education is expected, and every attempt will be made to accommodate the tutor’s area of specialism).
  • Assist in the writing, delivery & revision of course materials. Participate in coursework marking and moderation of marking within the wider Theological Educational Institution (South Central TEI).
  • If Year Tutor for the new cohort of students, visit all new year 1 students before the Autumn term begins. Head up the teaching of the first-year modules in collaboration with other core staff and tutors.
  • Be responsible for ensuring that the preaching, spirituality, and theological reflection components of the programme are fully integrated into the overall programme for each cohort of students.

Pastoral Care

  • Be responsible for liaison with, and the pastoral care of, students in the Year Group for which s/he is responsible.
  • Be present for every Monday evening session (during term time), meeting new/prospective students as appropriate.
  • Attend (residentially) and jointly facilitate 2 residential weekends each year.
  • Participate in and/or contribute to the end of year appraisal process for all students for whom s/he is Year Tutor.


  • Help to plan, and attend if appropriate, 3 Saturday study days each year, one of which is the Introductory Saturday at the beginning of the academic year.
  • Assist in the preparation of, and jointly facilitate, one 4-day ordinands’ residential Summer School every 3 years.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues and attend Core Staff meetings as required.
  • Take part in the diocesan LLM selection processes as required.
  • LMP is part of the Mission team; Year Tutors attend meetings of this wider staff team on occasion.
  • Accountability - there will be an annual appraisal meeting with the Principal. In addition, if the year tutor is an Anglican priest, the Ministerial Review process will be conducted in line with standard diocesan clergy procedures.

Academic life

  • Keep abreast of regional and national developments in theology and ministerial training. This includes; relevant Church of England reports, and the development of Durham University validated Common Awards. Attendance at the national Common Awards staff conference or other national conferences is encouraged as appropriate.


  • Masters level in an area of study relevant to Ministry Training in the Church of England


  • Teaching experience though not necessarily in a formal educational setting
  • Ministry in the Church of England as a lay or ordained minister


  • Broad awareness of Christian ministry and theology.
  • In-depth knowledge of the Church of England, its organisation and governance structures.


  • Organised and capable of working intensively for periods
  • The facilities and disposition to work from home (IT support is provided)
  • IT literate; able to work remotely, utilise MS Office and the Common Awards Virtual Learning Environment
  • Good communicator


  • Ability to establish credibility and respect and build strong working relationships with wide range of colleagues.
  • Listens well and responds appropriately.
  • Flexible and willing to adapt to changing priorities; understand and appreciate different perspective on issues.
  • Able to cope with flexible working hours.
  • Able to work on own initiative as well as being a team member who is prepared to take well-informed decisions.
  • Demonstrates an approach to work that is characterised by commitment and energy.
  • Comfortable working in an open plan, modern office environment.


  • This role carries an occupational requirement to be a practising Christian in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.
  • A personal faith and passion to contribute to and engage in fellowship with others.
  • Fully supportive of the aims and mission of the Church of England.
  • A high level of integrity and discretion, ability to handle confidential information with diplomacy and sensitivity.
  • A warm and open demeanour.
  • Presents a professional and positive image at all times.
  • An ability to work with a wide range of people of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Able to travel around the diocese from time to time, with a full, clean driving licence.

The Diocese of Guildford includes significant areas of Surrey and Hampshire and creeps into West Sussex and one of the London Boroughs.

This is an exciting time in our diocese, with the launch of the vision of Transforming Church, Transforming Lives in 2016 leading to significant new missional energy in many of our churches, chaplaincies and schools. It’s been especially encouraging to witness the development of around 80 new worshipping communities since the launch, including four major projects in areas of new housing.

Over the past two years we have moved our diocesan teams into new, attractive, open-plan offices on the University of Surrey Research Park; and more recently we have embarked on a major review of the services we offer, seeking to ensure that our diocesan strategy gets well embedded, that our resources are efficiently managed, and that Church House Guildford is genuinely scratching where the parishes are itching. Note that due to the covid pandemic, our teams are currently working remotely from the safety of their homes.