Mission Enabler Communities

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Church House Guildford, 20 Alan Turing Road, Guildford

The vision of the Diocese of Guildford is that of a Transforming Church, Transforming Lives. It’s the greatest joy to see individuals and church communities growing in faith, hope and love across the diocese; and an equal joy to see the wider community touched and blessed through the witness of Christian people. Never has this been more important than during the Covid crisis, in which many of the churches have been hugely involved in reaching out to the most vulnerable in their communities with creativity, compassion and flair.

Parish Needs Process (25% of time):

  • To ensure that CDPs clearly reflect the needs the church has for support, translating these into service types, ensuring that this information is communicated to the PCT ahead of the Deanery Visitation.
  • To ensure that the Church and Community schools in the parish are invited and drawn into the PNP and have the opportunity to share their School Development Plans as part of the PNP.
  • To ensure high quality records of all discussions and engagements with parishes in line with the process co-ordinated by the PCT for this purpose.
  • To provide ongoing support and encouragement to the assigned parishes in the delivery of their predetermined needs. This involves checking-in with them every few months, monitoring progress and guiding any adjustment to plans, ensuring the PCT are kept informed of any changes to plans and needs.
  • To participate in Deanery Action Meetings, as required, to sponsor and support social action plans.
  • To lead Vision Days in parishes as part of the vacancy process, as needed.

Consultancy services & Specialism Leadership (50% of time):

  • To ensure high quality records of all discussions and engagements with parishes in line with the process co-ordinated by the PCT for this purpose.
  • To develop, pilot and implement toolkits to support the consultancy process and facilitate local church leadership teams to evaluate and design church based social action projects and social enterprise.
  • Occasionally, as required, proactively to explore and facilitate grant funding that supports parish (or deanery) based initiatives targeted at meeting identified needs and initiatives that are locally owned.
  • In line with TCTL, to develop and lead a clear strategy to increase the effectiveness and growth of church based social action projects and social enterprises across the diocese, ensuring that this remains relevant and reflective of research, statistics and trends both locally and nationally in this sector.
  • To identify training needs as part of the One Training Plan. To support the development and delivery of diocesan training events for church based social action projects and social enterprises, drawing on resources available from the national church and other organisations with expertise church based social action projects and social enterprises.
  • To share expertise, resources and good practices amongst Mission Enabler colleagues and across parishes. To ensure signposting to excellent and up-to-date resources developed by the national church, other dioceses and organisations.


  • To be a proactive member of the Mission Enabler team and contribute to the life and work of the diocese as a member of the Mission Team.
  • To be a source of expertise on working with vulnerable adults, keeping up-to-date with the latest safeguarding policies and best practices. To be a reflective practitioner and be attentive to the changing patterns of mission, both generally and within church based social action and social enterprise.
  • To undertake any other reasonable duties as requested by the Diocesan Director of Mission and the Head of the Mission Enabler Team.
  • To maintain relationships with representatives of the Dioceses of Winchester and Portsmouth, attend management and steering group meetings of the Good Neighbours Network.



  • Educated to degree level, or equivalent.
  • Evidence of continuing learning and development, whether through formal course participation or self-directed learning


  • Theological qualification



  • Team leadership at a parish level, as a staff member or volunteer
  • Working in church-based missional social action projects
  • Building, nurturing and developing teams
  • Leading and facilitating workshops, large and small group sessions
  • Working with and supporting vulnerable adults


  • Guiding a variety of churches through a mission planning process
  • Working with ecumenical partners in delivery of social action projects and social enterprises
  • Social Enterprise
  • Evidence of ability to have grown people and churches in discipleship and mission through their leadership



  • A knowledge of the issues facing staff and volunteers involved in church-based missional social action projects.
  • A good working knowledge of statutory organisations and how they function including Councils, statutory services and the NHS.


  • A knowledge of the Church of England, its organisation and governance structures
  • A knowledge of the social enterprise



  • Ability to build and sustain strong working relationships with teams and individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds and traditions
  • Strong planning, organisational and administrative skills
  • Ability to handle a diverse workload, adhering to agreed timelines
  • Strong facilitation skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written

The Church in the Community

The Diocese has two archdeaconries, each with six deaneries, and a total of 162 parishes. There are very few multi-parish benefices with just one stipendiary priest.

A great deal of the work of the church is done at a local level by the parishes. The diocesan teams support and encourage the work of the parishes, and work with wider networks to the mutual benefit of the church and society at local, regional, and national levels.

The Diocese includes churches representing all shades of Anglicanism. All traditions play their full part in the life of the diocese, and broadly speaking there is an encouraging absence of tribalism.

We are fortunate to have some 300 licensed clergy. Nearly two thirds of these are stipendiary, of whom over 90% are full-time. About a third of all licensed clergy are women, including our Suffragan Bishop and the Dean of the Cathedral, with a higher proportion amongst Self Supporting Ministers. There is a significant number of clergy couples, ministering in various ways.