Director of Vocations

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20 St James Road, Liverpool L1 7BJ
£38,000 - £40,000 Per annum

The Diocese of Liverpool is committed to asking God for a bigger church making a bigger difference so that there are more people knowing Jesus and more justice in the world. Within this there are 4 priorities:

  • Introducing people to God through Jesus
  • Deepening discipleship
  • Developing Christian leaders
  • Working for justice

This bold vision requires a significant and sustained increase in the number and quality of vocations to be priests and leaders in a changing church and the releasing of ministry of the baptised people of God both in the church and on the frontline of work, leisure and home.

Closing date 11th July
Interviews will be held via Zoom on 21st July

Salary - £38,000 - £40,000 pa
25 days holiday pa plus bank holidays
Free parking at the base office
Employee Assistance Program in place
Non-contributory pension scheme (AVC's may be made)

The post holder will lead on the promotion, encouragement and nurture of vocations, lay and ordained, across the diocese, encouraging clergy to be confident in vocational conversations and to nurture vocations and to initiate creative ways to address the need for more clergy and Local Missional Leaders and to develop a wide range of lay ministries. S/he will also be a key voice in how we deepen discipleship in all God’s people, including through our Rule of Life.

This flourishing of ministry, lay and ordained, takes place in a rapidly changing context. The post holder must be able to think creatively, respond to challenging new developments in ministerial training, work in partnership with our TEIs – particularly as Emmanuel Theological College is established – and be familiar with national thinking and best practice around vocational issues.

The strategic responsibilities can be summarised as:

  • encourage the vocation and ministry of all God’s people, in all walks of life, especially through the diocesan Rule of Life
  • drive and develop the LifeCall vocational strategy for the diocese
  • be proactive in promoting, encouraging and nurturing a rich and diverse range of lay vocations as the natural outworking of faithful discipleship
  • co-ordinate with our ordained vocations strategy and initiatives at national and regional levels
  • ensure alignment of the vocations programme with diocesan strategy and priorities

There is an Occupational Requirement for the post holder to be a practising Christian in accordance with Schedule 9 of the Equality Act 2010.

The main tasks and areas of focus fall under two broad headings:

Diocesan Director of Ordinands

Working closely with the Deputy DDO the purpose of this aspect of the role is to:

  • Monitor and sustain numbers of candidates for national discernment panels, monitoring the mix of candidates in terms of ethnicity, age, gender, social background and other factors.
  • Oversee, develop and regularly refresh the work and membership of the team of ADDOs and leads on young vocations and BAME vocations.
  • Work with colleges and courses for effective training and formation for ministry in the Diocese of Liverpool, including maintaining pastoral contact with ordinands during initial training.
  • Work with candidates and colleges/courses on the appropriate training pathway, including overseeing the training budget for ordinands in training.
  • Work with sponsoring bishop and IME2 colleagues to ensure good transitions to curacy and ministry in Liverpool.

Vocations champion and enabler

Working closely with the Vocations Learning Officer the purpose of this aspect of the role is to:

  • deepen lay discipleship, including through our diocesan Rule of Life and engaging with the national church’s Growing Faith and Setting God’s People Free initiatives.
  • Develop and oversee strategic programmes for encouraging vocations (eg the Directions course, LifeCall events, vocational coaching, work with intern schemes, etc).
  • Oversee the discernment and selection processes for recognised lay ministries, particularly Local Missional Leaders and Readers.

The post holder will be part of the Lifelong Learning team at St James’ House will also work closely with our Archdeacons and fellow Directors at St James House.

They will be a member of:

  • Diocesan Oversight Team
  • Diocesan Advisory Team
  • Appointments & Wellbeing
  • Bishops Council
  • Diocesan Directors Meeting
  • North-West DDOs network
  • Northern DDOs network
  • National DDO network

They will chair:

  • ADDO team

Essential requirements include -

  • Theology degree.
  • Have proven and demonstrable experience of discerning and encouraging vocations for both lay and ordained colleagues.
  • Theologically literate with an understanding of the issues involved in ministerial education, vocation and discipleship.
  • Experience of building and leading teams, with a track record of working collaboratively.
  • Able to contribute at a senior and strategic level to the development and promotion of diocesan policies.
  • Ability to motivate others.
  • Proficient Microsoft Office skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Creative with a flair for innovation.
  • Resilient with an ability to work independently at times.
  • Excellent planning and organisation skills with an ability to handle diverse workloads and meet deadlines.
  • Respectful to the needs of others but with an ability to challenge and confront areas of concern when necessary.
  • Self-motivated.
  • A person of integrity.
  • A good listener.
  • Be prepared to willingly work outside normal office hours including evenings and weekends as necessary.
  • Current driving licence with access to own transport.
  • Willingness to travel within the Diocese of Liverpool and further afield when required and necessary.

Desirable requirements include -

  • Post-graduate qualification in Theology.
  • Recognised Theological educator.
  • Have seven years’ or more experience in stipendiary ordained ministry.
  • Conflict management / mediation skills.
  • Ability to design and prepare resource materials.
  • Effective coaching and mentoring skills.