Lay Ministries Development Officer

Posted 19 days agoExpires in 5 days
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 Archbishops 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 Lay Ministries Development Officer (LMDO) will be instrumental in strengthening our commitment to developing lay leadership (particularly lay ministries) and revitalising Reader ministry in such a way as to support and enhance the Diocesan vision. This will be achieved by realising collaborative leadership & ministry throughout the Diocese to enable an outward focused, local and contextual discipleship, mission and ministry. The LMDO, always attentive to the GS ‘Serving Together’ and ‘Everyday Faith’ agendas, will be at the forefront of bringing energy and imagination into shaping the future of all lay leadership within the diocese – new (or renewed) people – in new (or renewed) ways – in new (or renewed) places.

Strategic development:

  • Working closely with both senior colleagues and more local practitioners to develop a range of models that will support the emergence of sustainable lay ministries and leadership in multiple and varied contexts.
  • Promote lay leadership within the diocese and, together with others, draw emergent leaders into teams – mindful that developing this narrative will involve robust advocation, clear explanation, and wise interpretation of lay leadership within Anglican ecclesiology.
  • Integrate Local Lay Leadership (LLL) into the deployment plan and assist Archdeacons sequence implementation.
  • Track LLL development across the diocese with the target of every worshipping community to have a LLL team within five-years.

Grow lay leadership teams:

  • Identify just-in-time training programmes that will enable LLL teams form, grow in confidence and mature as effective leadership teams of local worshipping communities.
  • Act as a resource to Archdeacons and Area Deans in assisting LLL teams navigate the structural and governmental relationships within their context ensuring a complementarity of role and mutual understanding of responsibilities.
  • Create useable resources and templates that will ensure good order within teams (working agreements, role descriptions, supervision programmes, etc)
  • Ensure a broad inclusion of diverse LLL team membership, paying particular attention to the development of LLL team members with BAME heritage.

Reenergise Reader ministry:

  • To fulfil all statutory duties and responsibilities of a Diocesan Warden of Readers.
  • To promote the Reader MDR programme and ensure the general well-being of all those called to Reader ministry within the diocese.
  • Ensure Readers are integrated into LLL teams as appropriate.
  • Working with the vocations team to identify those newly called to licenced lay ministry.
  • Explore ways in which the current Reader programme can be better serve the diocesan vision.

Work with Clergy in-role pivot:

  • Working closely with the Ordained Ministries Development Officer to give clergy the tools to assist clergy colleagues transition from primarily ‘practitioner’ mode to ‘enabler’ mode through training, mentoring and support.
  • Engaging in all activities that will facilitate a deep culture shift amongst both lay and ordained stakeholders where the expectation moves to lay driven church being normative.
  • Teaching on the IME2 programme around lay leadership development strategies.
  • Supporting Pioneer and FX projects to develop healthy and sustainable lay leadership structures from their inceptions.


  • Theologically trained with (ideally) at least an undergraduate degree in Theology/Ministry
  • Hold a current driving licence and use of a Vehicle


  • Experience of lay ministry leadership within the Church of England
  • A clear grasp of the way in which lay ministry forms an integral part of the shared ministry within the diocese, and how this operates cooperatively with ordained ministries in serving the church.
  • The theological resources to develop a compelling narrative about lay leadership ministry capable of influencing the wide diversity of stakeholders within the diocese.
  • Proven experience of discerning and encouraging lay ministry

Skills and Abilities

  • Strong skills in leadership theory and practice
  • Excellent listener able to empathise and establish rapport
  • Effective communicator, good report writing and general communication skills including preaching and public speaking
  • Natural team builder with volunteers managing people effectively
  • Demonstrate a reflective and imaginative theological understanding of ministry

Personal qualities

  • Able to work with a wide variety of stakeholder
  • High levels of influencing and persuading skills
  • Efficient and well organised, able to manage their own administration in a timely and well prioritised manner and comfortable with a range of Office applications
  • Confidence, authority and sensitivity to interact with bishops and diocesan officers to promote the quantity and diversity of lay ministry in the Diocese.
  • Willingness to work across the breadth of tradition within the Diocese, to support diversity and work with the five guiding principles
  • Personal maturity and emotional intelligence that will contribute to the development of culture change within the Diocese, acting in a collaborative, responsive and professional manner with stakeholders.

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.