Ministry Experience Scheme Manager

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Fixed Term Full Time
£43,302 - £48,009 after probation

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, encouraging the development of discipleship and an increase in the number of vocations to 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 in working collaboratively to offer a constructive, professional and expert service to the dioceses.

The Archbishops’ Council has identified the need to increase the number and diversity of candidates for lay and ordained ministry, and to encourage younger candidates. Hence, there is a need to build a culture of encouraging and nurturing vocation and of proactive recruitment.

The Ministry Experience Scheme provides opportunities for those aged between 18 and 30 to spend a year working or volunteering in a church. This gives people a prime opportunity to spend time discerning their own vocation through experiencing ministry, theological learning and personal development. The Scheme is set up and administered by dioceses. Ministry Division encourages and supports new schemes, monitors impact against the scheme criteria and delivers national marketing. The Ministry Council also administers a grant to dioceses running a scheme.

There are currently over 80 young people on a scheme year in 16 dioceses. The target is to increase this number to 175 young people per year by 2020 and increase the number of dioceses involved. The scheme also aims to increase the diversity of participants. Currently it has approximately equal gender balance. This needs to be maintained and the percentage of people of black, Asian and minority ethnic heritage increased and work developed to monitor and increase access for people from non-book cultures and working class backgrounds.

The role of the Ministry Experience Scheme Manager is to work with stakeholders to grow the number and diversity of participants taking part and to ensure the effective running of the scheme centrally and by supporting dioceses.

Interviews will be held on the 11th October 2018

The Role :

  • Promote a persuasive rationale for the scheme to dioceses and stakeholders to increase the number of dioceses running a scheme to over 30 by September 2020.
  • Support diocesan scheme coordinators in starting, developing and sustaining local schemes to ensure high standards of practice.
  • Facilitate sharing of knowledge and experience between diocesan schemes and help dioceses to own a common vision and framework.
  • Develop and manage national recruitment marketing of the scheme and advise and encourage diocesan marketing to increase the number of participants to 175 by September 2020.
  • Create fruitful partnerships with other organisations and use targeted marketing to increase the diversity of young people on the scheme, particularly people of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) heritage to exceed the target of 15% BAME.
  • Continue to monitor and improve support for young people on the scheme with disabilities or who identify as LGBT+. Continue to monitor the currently equal gender balance.
  • Explore with stakeholders how the scheme may be changed to increase access for people with few academic qualifications and to encourage people who identify as working class.
  • Investigate what mutually productive partnerships could be formed with organisations such as theological training providers, Christian internship/discipleship schemes and diversity/inclusion organisations
  • Support the steering group and senior managers in shaping the vision and future funding model for the scheme
  • Work with the Project and Events Officer to ensure the monitoring, evaluation and learning framework delivers the information needed for reports to external funders and for internal improvement.
  • Ensure that the administration of the scheme is effective including managing annual grant applications from dioceses.
  • Work with the Communications Officer to raise the profile and reputation of the scheme across the dioceses, in the Church of England and in the wider Christian community.
  • Work with colleagues in the vocations team, attending team meetings and engaging with planning for vocations work and contributing to the collaborative work of the team including projects not directly connected to the scheme.
  • Organise and staff meetings of the Ministry Experience scheme steering group, providing timely information and reports to this group, the Ministry Council and related groups where necessary.

Please explain how you meet the requirements for the role :



  • Significant experience of running an initiative/project at a regional or national level
  • Track record of growing a business, church, movement or project
  • Experience of advocating for ideas or projects with senior figures
  • Experience of inspiring and motivating groups of people with an aptitude for building confidence and encouraging others to be ambitious
  • Understanding of the experience of Christian vocational exploration and be able to engage with questions of personal commitment in Christian faith.
  • Experience of supporting others to start and develop an idea to become a substantial and permanent initiative.


  • Able to creatively approach the goal to increase the ethnic diversity of participants
  • Able to communicate plans and outcomes effectively in written reports
  • Able to think strategically
  • Persuasive in both writing and speaking; in formal and informal style
  • Good IT skills including competency in the use of Microsoft Office – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
  • A natural collaborator who delights in bringing people together to create shared value

Personal Attributes:

  • Sympathetic with and actively supportive of the values of the National Church Institutions (NCIs).
  • Commitment to increasing inclusion and diversity in lay and ordained ministry and the changes that may be necessary for this to be realised; aware of own unconscious bias.


  • Able to travel within England and attend meetings away from London.



  • Experience of developing, managing or marketing internship, graduate or gap year scheme.
  • Successful record of mass communication and/or marketing, ideally to Christians aged 15-30.
  • Experience of managing a budget with multiple income and expenditure streams
  • Understanding of the structures of the Church of England at local, diocesan and national level
  • Experience of working with funders
  • Track record of increasing diversity (at least one of: BAME, disability, age, gender, sexuality, socio-economic background, education level)


  • A professional attitude towards risk management with skills of good judgement

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We are committed to building a culturally diverse workforce. As part of this commitment, we welcome applications from people, regardless of their background. As a Disability Confident committed employer, it is important to note that there may be occasions where it is not practical or appropriate to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria* due to high volume. We limit the amount of interviews conducted to five applicants per open post we advertise.

*Where applicable depending on post requirements.