Diocesan Director of Ordinands

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Diocese of Portsmouth
Incumbent Stipend of £26,677

The Bishop of Portsmouth is wishing to employ a Diocesan Director of Ordinands who will work with parishes and clergy in seeking out vocations to new and traditional forms of ordained ministry.

The Diocese of Portsmouth is looking for a new Director of Ordinands who is skilled and experienced in nurturing the development of those offering themselves for ordained ministry and who will efficiently oversee candidates through the selection process.

He or she will offer support to ordinands in training and will provide advice on the placement of ordinands into curacies.

Our new Director of Ordinands will co-ordinate and lead a vocations team that actively promotes mission focused vocations to authorised ministry be it ordained or Reader ministry.

The interviews for this post will be held on the Thursday, 13th September.

Please contact Canon Anthony Rustell, Head of Mission, Discipleship and Ministry for further information: anthony.rustell@portsmouth.anglican.org

The principal tasks of this position are to:

  • engage the parishes and churches of the diocese in the active fostering and nurture of vocations for authorised ministry in the diocese;
  • work especially with those studying on diocesan mission, discipleship and spirituality courses;
  • actively promote evangelistic vocations to new form of ministry, especially licensed and ordained pioneer ministry;
  • work with churches on the development and support of ministry experience schemes in the diocese, especially those for young people;
  • work with the Warden of Readers on the promotion of Reader ministry in the diocese.

Our new Diocesan Director of Ordinands will be

  • an ordained Anglican priest with experience in ministry at incumbent level;
  • experienced in fostering lay and ordained vocations;
  • passionate about developing missional vocations for traditional forms of church and pioneer ministry that encourage evangelism and outreach.

At Portsmouth Diocese we have been engaged in a thorough review of our future ministry needs so that our ministers and churches are equipped to engage imaginatively in mission in our contemporary society.

Our new Diocesan Director of Ordinands will be a key part of this re-imagined ministry within the diocese by raising up vocations to lay and ordained ministries.

We have a framework that can be summed up in just three words:

live | pray | serve will be our motto for the future, as we seek to equip people to live as disciples of Christ; to pray, individually and together as worshipping communities; and to serve our local neighbourhoods and society together.

To achieve this, we will encourage and support our parishes, chaplaincies and church schools as they aim to:

  • make disciples of Christ;
  • grow our churches;
  • equip people for lifelong learning; and
  • promote the transformation of society.

These four strands embrace all the work covered by our central diocesan teams, but are also picked up through engagement with individual worshippers and in local parishes, communities, chaplaincies, and schools.

Our diocesan review of calling and vocations is part of our process of asking what it means for Christians to live out a life of discipleship and create healthy churches.

Portsmouth Diocese was successful in the Church Commissioners Strategic Development Funding application process with our bid for £900,000 of development money for our Pioneer Project. We launched a new resource church, Harbour Church, in the centre of Portsmouth.

The new post holder will be expected to play a key part in promoting, discerning and nurturing vocations to lay and ordained pioneer ministry with the Pioneer Project.

A number of new initiatives have been, and are being launched in the next two years.

Portsmouth Diocese is an exciting place in which to engage in vocational nurture and discernment.