The Ministry Division is one of the Divisions of the Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England. It serves the Dioceses and the Bishops by providing advice and consultancy on ministry, overseeing a national process of selection for candidates and quality assurance of their training and supporting dioceses in their strategic planning for ministry. Its vision is for transforming ministry for mission and growth and its values are based on working collaboratively to offer a constructive, professional and expert service to the dioceses.
The Archbishops’ Council has identified the need to increase the number, diversity and age profile of candidates for lay and ordained ministry. This post is a dual role to grow the number of under 32’s entering ministry and to moderate and act as Secretary for Bishops’ Advisory Panels during the most intensive season.
From August to February, you will primarily act as the National Young Vocations Officer to support and encourage the Young Vocations Champions in dioceses; develop initiatives to improve access for under-represented groups and work with national bodies to promote the exploration of vocation, including but not exclusively vocations to ministry. There will be the opportunity to work collaboratively with the vocations team on national marketing campaigns.
In your role as a Selection Secretary, you will provide vital additional resource to the team who facilitate, moderate and act as the Secretary for Bishops’ Advisory Panels during the most intensive season of these Panels in spring and summer. You will also play a role in ensuring the effective operation of the Candidates Panel. You may be involved in a limited way in giving professional advice on selection issues to Dioceses, in some training of stakeholders and in some implementation work of the new ways of working in the Selection Process as envisaged by the Future Clergy Review Process.
To be successful you will need considerable experience of working with individuals in vocational discernment and of networking with large numbers of people and organisations. With the ability to work collaboratively over a wide geographical area with diverse groups, you will have a passion for inspiring, initiating and delivering change and of demonstrating best practice.
Interviews will be held on the 12th October 2018
The Role :
Tell us how you meet the requirements for the role :
We are looking for a candidate with a passion for encouraging young adults and teenagers to explore their vocation. You will be skilled in implementing change with experience of creating buy-in amongst a large network and delivering good outcomes. You will need excellent communication skills including oral public speaking, presentation skills and written communication.
Ideally you will understand the use of social media in campaigning and marketing, and have a good understanding of Millennial culture in a Christian context across a range of traditions. For the selection secretary part of the role, you will need particularly strong emotional intelligence and the ability to handle conflict as well as experience of working with individuals in vocational discernment and of one to one interviewing.
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