Generous Giving Adviser

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Church House, 211 New Church Road, Hove, East Sussex
Permanent

We are looking to appoint a Generous Giving Adviser to help develop and implement our generous giving strategy in alignment with the National Giving Strategy. This aims to broaden the theological understanding of, and engagement with, stewardship across the Diocese and help build a thriving and generous church.

A primary requirement of the role will be visiting and meeting with clergy, treasurers, clergy and congregations to encourage and enable them to identify and find the necessary resources, both financial and non-financial, to fulfil their mission. The position involves the ongoing promotion and take-up of the national Parish Giving Scheme.

The post holder is responsible for the development & delivery of the Diocese of Chichester’s Giving strategy focusing on being More Generous including the National Giving Strategy across the Diocese, providing guidance, support and training to parishes and clergy to encourage increased levels of giving.

To work proactively to continue to develop fruitful relationships with parishes and deaneries to deliver a plan to achieve the More Generous portion of Diocese Strategy and objectives at parish, deanery and diocesan level, by:

  • Working with Rural Deans, other deanery finance officers, parish clergy, treasurers and PCCs to facilitate the development and implementation of Generous Giving initiatives at deanery and parish level
  • Recruit Archdeaconary generous giving champions and work with them to develop training, resources and course to help engage more churches in this area.
  • Encouraging and enabling ‘intentional discipleship’ at deanery and parish level, with the aim of creating a culture of generosity built on strong theological foundations;
  • Developing, using the National Giving Strategy resources, and delivering a “Generosity Toolkit” of resources to enable parishes to be more financially sustainable;
  • To promote, and facilitate sessions, to develop a congregation’s understanding as to how mission can be supported through generous giving and to provide support for parishes wishing to carry out a giving or similar campaigns or reviews;
  • To promote a deeper understanding of the principles of Christian stewardship in all its aspects;
  • To provide workshops at deanery and parish level using the Generosity Toolkit;
  • To develop good practices in the growth and stewardship of parish resources, including caring for the environment;
  • Actively to seek opportunities to visit and present to parishes and deaneries;
  • To provide or facilitate training on Christian attitudes to money.

Qualifications and Experience

Essential 

  • Previous experience of working in a missional, individual giving or stewardship role. 

 
Desirable

  • Experience of working with clergy and parish officers.
  • Experience of working with statistical data and producing reports.
  • Experience of working with charities, faith organisations or groups, or with communities on faith-based projects Relevant professional or theological qualification

Skills and Abilities

Essential 

  • Understanding of mission and growing the church.
  • Knowledge of approaches to build collaboration and build capacity
  • Flexible and adaptable; able to identify opportunities and potential solutions in a variety of contexts
  • Effective communicator in writing and verbally, confident in giving effective presentations 
  • Can quickly establish credibility and respect and build strong working relationships
  • Confident in, and able to use all usual office IT systems 
  • Ability to lead, coach, inspire, support & motivate others 
  • Able to manipulate and analyse financial and statistical data to achieve role objectives and report effectively
  • Effective judgement and problem solving skills 
  • Excellent time management skills

Desirable

  • Understanding of how the Parish Giving Scheme works.
  • Understanding of how Gift Aid works.
  • Understanding of legacy policy. 
  • Knowledge of stewardship and tools for giving. 
  • Theological knowledge. 
  • General understanding of how the Church of England is structured.
  • Ability to use theology to underpin stewardship

Personal Qualities

Essential 

  • Self-motivated and pro-active
  • Approachable and positive
  • Reliable
  • Comfortable talking about Christian faith 
  • Strong personal code of ethics, integrity, diversity and trust
  • Willing and able to travel across the diocese.
  • Willing and able to work some evenings and occasional weekends

The Diocese of Chichester is one of the 42 dioceses which make up the Church of England: we are the Church of England in East & West Sussex.  The Diocesan Office at Church House, Hove, serves the people of the Diocese: those in more than 360 parishes and more than 150 church schools and the wider community as a whole.  Our vision is to help people within the Diocese to know, love and follow Jesus.  Committed to resourcing and encouraging every parish across the Diocese, we are seeking a highly skilled individual to encourage a Diocesan-wide spirit of generosity.