Children & Families Missioner Project Co-ordinator

Posted 6 days agoExpires in 13 days


The diocese of Birmingham is an area that is young, culturally diverse, creative, dynamic and constantly changing. In the midst of the political, economic, social and environmental changes, God is at work, inside and outside the church. Since 2009, our Transforming Church strategy has been shaping our vision across the Church of England in Birmingham, guiding us to be a more inclusive Church that is growing ‘larger, wider, deeper and younger’ – a Church that is a transforming presence at the heart of our communities.

Transforming Church has its heart in local parishes and in all forms of growth: numerical, spiritual and transformational. We have identified seven Areas of Transformation, alongside Ten Diocesan Goals.

This new role offers an exciting opportunity for a creative, volunteer focused individual with experience in team management and project oversight to be involved with our collective commitment to develop a spiritually-enriching children’s and youth ministry in every parish and church school as part of our Transforming Church strategy. The post holder will oversee and manage the day to day aspects of our second cohort of Children & Families Missioners (CFMs).

The role is funded by the Church Commissioners with the specific purpose of working with the Director of Parish Mission Support (PMS), Liz Dumain, Programme Manager, Steve Cook, Area Deans and local parishes to establish and oversee the CFM initiative to its pre-agreed targets and milestones.

Building on learning from cohort 1, our second cohort of 6 CFMs will focus on developing and supporting strong parish based volunteer teams , strengthening mission with children and families across their nominated deanery, and collaborating widely across the diocese. Outcomes for the project include increased priority and commitment to mission and ministry with children and families, more children and families fully involved in worshipping communities and growing in their Christian discipleship, host parishes modelling best practice in attracting and discipling new children & families and an increasing and evident culture of intergenerational mission and ministry

CFMs will be based for part of their week in a host parish or oversight area, spending the remainder of their time supporting parishes across their nominated deanery and the wider Birmingham diocese. CFMs will spend their time envisioning, equipping and supporting volunteers in parishes as they implement their Transforming Church Action Plans. The CFMs are tasked with specific outputs which include inspiring, supporting and growing volunteer teams, delivering specific outputs which include new connections and activities with children & families, clear parish discipleship pathways, new disciples, new worshipping communities and sustainable parish based volunteer teams.

The Project Coordinator will work closely with the Area Deans, Director of Parish Mission Support and Programme Manager to agree a clear project plan for each host parish prior to recruiting and deploying the CFMS; continuing to work with these stakeholders to ensure the plan is followed and updated where necessary in order to meet the pre-agreed targets. They will support and manage the CFMS, develop learning communities for the new volunteer teams and hold responsibility for the day to day management of the project, collaborating with the wider PMS team and other teams from across CofE Birmingham.

The role will include:

  • Liaising with Area Deans and Parishes to agree work programmes for the CFMs prior to recruitment and deployment that meet the project outcomes
  • Assisting with recruitment of CFMS
  • Ongoing management of the project to meet the targets and milestones including liaising with stakeholders, line managing the CFMS once they are in post, developing and delivering gatherings for parish volunteers
  • Working with the programme Manager to ensure timely and accurate monitoring and evaluation

This is an exciting opportunity for an individual who has experience inspiring and supporting teams of volunteers and paid staff, establishing and managing projects and who thrives in a role which involves collaborating with a variety of people whilst managing multiple priorities.

There is a genuine occupational requirement that the post holder is a practicing Christian.


The key responsibilities of this post include:

Implement and Manage the CFM Programme:

Working with the Area Deans, Director of Parish Missions support and Programme Manager:

  • Liaise with Area Deans and Parishes to agree work programmes for the CFMs prior to recruitment and deployment that meets the project outcomes and takes into account local needs.
  • Assist with CFM recruitment, induction and deployment to host parishes
  • Recruit, train and support host parish
  • Implement practical arrangements for CFMs within parishes
  • Deliver the project on target within the agreed budget

Training and Support

  • Plan and deliver appropriate training and development for CFMs, Supervisors and Local Volunteers
  • Provide regular 1:1 support to CFMs and their host parishes
  • Liaise regularly with host parish Supervisors encouraging and implementing best practice
  • Organise annual reviews and 360 reflections for each CFM and Host Parish

Communication and relationships

  • Create and maintain strong communication between Area Deans, Director of Parish Mission Support, Programme Manager , CFMs and their Host Parish Supervisors
  • Work closely with the wider Parish Mission Support team and wider Church of England Birmingham team to ensure that the work of the CFMs is embedded and collaborative in nature

  • Work with the Communications team and Programme Manager to collect and disseminate positive stories and sharing of progress

Evaluation and Monitoring

  • Work with the Director of Parish Mission Support and Programme Manager to monitor the progress of CFM Programme ensuring all reporting deadlines, agreed targets and milestones are achieved
  • Record the learning experiences from the scheme


CofEB is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where all can be themselves. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements and other services to support staff. We particularly invite interest from disabled, black. Asian and minority ethnic applicants who are currently under-represented in our staff team and those from diverse Christian traditions

We are looking for someone with a strong Christian faith and a love for God’s Church, who can both inspire and implement this new project and has the following qualities and experience:

  • Approachable and adaptable
  • Commitment to ethnic and cultural diversity and experience of working with diverse communities
  • Experience of building and leading volunteer teams, with a track record of working collaboratively
  • Enthusiasm and commitment to working collaboratively with the breadth of teams and parishes across Church of England, Birmingham
  • Understanding of and commitment to intergenerational mission and ministry
  • Experience of developing and providing inspirational training
  • Line Management experience in an employment context
  • Positive appreciation of the value of monitoring and evaluation in a missional context
  • Excellent communication & IT skills
  • Good planning, networking and organising skills
  • Understanding the complexities of culture change in local communities
  • Must be able to travel the length and breadth of the Birmingham Diocese.

There is a Genuine Occupational Requirement that the post holder is a practicing Christian.


  • The role reports to the Director of Parish Mission support
  • The role is 21 hours (3 days) per week with a salary of £19,500 (32,500 pro rata), funded for a fixed term of 3 and a half years, subject to funding. Flexible working is available.
  • Holiday of pro-rata 5 weeks per year, 3 discretionary days and bank holidays.
  • The post is subject to a DBS disclosure and satisfactory references
  • The employer is the BDBF (Birmingham Diocesan Board of Finance)


Deadline for Applications: 26th April 2021

Interviews: Monday 10th May & Saturday 15th May 2021