Ordained Vocations Officer

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Derby Church House, Full Street, Derby

Following the appointment of the Right Revd Libby Lane as Bishop of Derby in 2019, the Diocese of Derby has reflected on its statement of needs and the Archbishop’s charge, and following a period of listening and enquiry, has discerned a renewed vision for the diocese:

‘Good news for all – transformed lives: growing church, building community’

The Ordained Vocations Officer (OVO) will hold responsibility for four vital aspects of Clergy engagement.

  1. They will lead a team of skilled assistant OVO's as they discern with Christians from diverse backgrounds their vocations to both reimagined and traditional forms of ministry. Working in close collaboration with the Diocesan Lay Vocations Officer and Ordained Ministry Development Officer (IME2 coordinator) the OVO will be at the forefront of bringing energy and imagination into shaping the future leadership of the church.
  2. As an expression of continuing ordained vocational pathways the OVO will coordinate the Ministerial Development Review process ensuring an integrated experience that delivers clear ministerial progression goals in a supportive and encouraging framework.
  3. The OVO will be the lead facilitator for Clergy well-being as the Diocese responds positively to GS 2133 [A Covenant for Clergy Care and Wellbeing].
  4. A key aspect of well-being is the enablement of minsters to reflect on practice and learn from experience. The DDO will be the Diocesan champion in driving towards every minister engaged in a supervisory relationship.

Director of Ordinands:

  • Play a key role in supporting the Diocesan vision
  • Oversee the work of promoting and growing the discernment, selection and preparation of men and woman for public, professional ministry as priests, deacons and Church Army Officers in the Church of England and lead the AOVO’s as they do the same
  • Work with candidates from referral from vocations team to ordination and advise the bishop about the sponsorship of candidates for Bishops Advisory Panels (BAPS)
  • Together with the IME2 coordinator, manage the organisation, facilitation and settlement of Title Posts
  • Participate in the Enabling Ministers core group (TP training programme)

Clergy Wellbeing:

  • To lead, facilitate and develop the Wellbeing Reference Group.
  • To advise the Bishop (and Senior Staff where appropriate) on matters relating to wellbeing strategy, being able to contribute to Diocesan developments by bringing a Clergy wellbeing perspective
  • To offer 1:1 emergency pastoral support/ listening to clergy, responding to self-referrals and invitation of Bishops, Archdeacons or Area Deans with a view to assessing and signposting best support going forward
  • To lead, facilitate and develop a broader Diocesan team across the Deaneries


  • Have a Degree in Theology or equivalent?
  • Hold a current driving licence and use of a vehicle


  • Ordained priest of the Church of England, or a Church in communion with it, evidencing experience of parish-based ministry.
  • Proven experience of discerning and encouraging all forms of vocations
  • A sound base of theological and ideally educational/adult learning knowledge with a willingness to develop further.
  • Have experience of managing a busy workload, multi-tasking and meeting sometimes competing deadlines.

Skills and Abilities

  • Breadth of understanding of the Church of England
  • Excellent listener able to empathise and establish rapport
  • Effective communicator, good report writing and general communication skills including preaching and public speaking
  • Able to give accurate feedback and guidance to individuals and Bishops

Personal qualities

  • Be inspiring, enthusiastic, encouraging and supportive to others, both one-to-one and in groups
  • Be resilient and well-resourced in their spiritual life
  • Be sympathetic in understanding the range of church traditions

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The Church of England operates through 40 dioceses, or administrative regions, each under the oversight and care of a Diocesan Bishop, with working with lay and ordained colleagues. The Diocese of Derby consists of the City of Derby, the County of Derbyshire and a small area of Staffordshire. The Church of England offers its ministry to all members of the community, in this case serving a population of over one million people. Within the Diocese there are 257 parishes and 330 church buildings, served currently by approximately 135 paid clergy. About 10,000 congregants attend Church of England worship regularly. There are also 111 church schools educating 5,000 children