Director of Mission and Ministry

Posted 10 days agoExpires in 21 days
Commensurate with senior ministry roles

As a diocesan family, we are bringing fresh energy and focus to Living Christ’s Story and becoming more like Christ; reaching people we currently don't; growing churches of missionary disciples; and transforming our finances and structures.

This new role is an exciting and significant opportunity to play a key role in shaping the future of mission and ministry in our Diocese.

The Director of Mission and Ministry (DMM) is a new post. As part of our leadership team, drawing together important areas of our work, the role will be key to the achievement of our goals.

The post-holder will responsible for helping us to grow lay and ordained ministers who are outward facing, confident in discipleship, well-resourced and well-supported, as well as overseeing the delivery of strategic initiatives such as our Multiply programme (focused on reaching out to young adults) and our Mustard Seed programme (focused on ministry in those parts of our diocese where life is tough.)

This new position is a strategic role, forming part of the York Diocesan Leadership Team, and drawing together important areas of our work that are key to meeting our goals.

Your main responsibilities will be to:

  • Build a Diocesan Mission and Ministry team that has clarity of purpose
  • Deliver ministry that is informed by our Diocesan vision and supports its fulfilment
  • Deliver ministry that is appropriately shaped in response to the needs of the Diocese and the agenda and direction of the national Church
  • Deliver ministry that listens to the missional needs of our parishes and enables an appropriate contextual response

We are seeking an imaginative and confident leader, with proven gifts in team leadership and strategic thinking, bringing a heart for mission and a creative approach to developing and resourcing ministry.

You will be a practicing Christian, lay or ordained, with the following gifts and skills:

  • Well-resourced and robust spiritually, with high levels of emotional intelligence
  • A reflective practitioner of Christian ministry and education; able to embrace all Church traditions
  • Proven ability as an effective leader who can enable change in a range of contexts
  • Proven ability to develop and deliver strategy
  • Commitment to the development and formation of ministers, both lay and ordained, able to teach and facilitate learning
  • Understanding of missional practice in reaching those beyond the Church.

About the Process

For an informal discussion about the role, contact Andy Richardson, Human Resources Manager in the first instance. Call 01904 699 502 or email

The deadline for applications is midnight on Monday 22 March 2021.

Interviews will be held over 29 and 30 April (applicants should aim to keep both days free).

The nature of the process will reflect the public health guidance applicable at the time.

About the Diocese of York

The Diocese of York takes in much of North and East Yorkshire, an area which includes the cities of York and Hull, as well as Middlesbrough and Selby, two National Parks, and the incomparable Yorkshire coast. We are a family of 589 churches and 125 schools across 443 parishes. York Minster is our principal church.

The appointment of a new Archbishop of York has encouraged the reshaping of the Diocesan vision and examination of our priorities. We are determined to become a simpler, bolder, humbler and more diverse church of missionary disciples which is Christ centred and Jesus shaped, ensuring in partnership with other churches that there is a Christian witness in every community. We wish to be a people who are ‘Living Christ’s Story.’