Ordained Vocations Officer

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Derby Church House, Full Street, Derby
Office Holder

Following the appointment of the Right Revd Libby Lane as Bishop of Derby in 2019, the Diocese of Derby has reflected on its statement of needs and the Archbishop’s charge, and following a period of listening and enquiry, has discerned a renewed vision for the diocese:

Good news for all – transformed lives: growing church, building community’

Director of Ordinands:

  • Play a key role in supporting the Diocesan vision
  • Oversee the work of promoting and growing the discernment, selection and preparation of men and woman for public, professional ministry as priests, deacons and Church Army Officers in the Church of England and lead the AOVO’s as they do the same
  • Work with candidates from referral from vocations team to ordination and advise the bishop about the sponsorship of candidates for Bishops Advisory Panels (BAPS)
  • Together with the IME2 coordinator, manage the organisation, facilitation and settlement of Title Posts
  • Participate in the Enabling Ministers core group (TP training programme)
  • Takes responsibility for the ordinands in training grants process including forward financial planning.
  • Takes responsibility for the maintenance grants for people in training
  • Support development of pioneer and other emergent ministries
  • Attention to personal and ministerial development
  • To maintain strong relationships with all relevant TEI’s and candidates in training.

Clergy Wellbeing:

  • To lead, facilitate and develop the Wellbeing Reference Group.
  • To advise the Bishop (and Senior Staff where appropriate) on matters relating to wellbeing strategy, being able to contribute to Diocesan developments by bringing a Clergy wellbeing perspective
  • To offer 1:1 emergency pastoral support/ listening to clergy, responding to self-referrals and invitation of Bishops, Archdeacons or Area Deans with a view to assessing and signposting best support going forward
  • To lead, facilitate and develop a broader Diocesan team across the Deaneries
  • To network at national level with other Clergy Wellbeing leads
  • To attend all CDM hearings and be available to advise on suitable pastoral support



  • Have a Degree in Theology or equivalent?
  • Hold a current driving licence and use of a vehicle



  • Ordained priest of the Church of England, or a Church in communion with it, evidencing experience of parish-based ministry.
  • Proven experience of discerning and encouraging all forms of vocations
  • A sound base of theological and ideally educational/adult learning knowledge with a willingness to develop further.
  • Have experience of managing a busy workload, multi-tasking and meeting sometimes competing deadlines
  • Experience of line management

Skills and Abilities


  • Breadth of understanding of the Church of England
  • Excellent listener able to empathise and establish rapport
  • Effective communicator, good report writing and general communication skills including preaching and public speaking
  • Able to give accurate feedback and guidance to individuals and Bishops
  • Work collaboratively with lay people and clergy as equal colleagues in a strong team culture


The Church of England operates through 40 dioceses, or administrative regions, each under the oversight and care of a Diocesan Bishop, with working with lay and ordained colleagues. The Diocese of Derby consists of the City of Derby, the County of Derbyshire and a small area of Staffordshire. The Church of England offers its ministry to all members of the community, in this case serving a population of over one million people. Within the Diocese there are 257 parishes and 330 church buildings, served currently by approximately 135 paid clergy. About 10,000 congregants attend Church of England worship regularly. There are also 111 church schools educating 5,000 children.