Ebbsfleet Parishes Development Mentor

Posted 24 days agoExpires in 22 days
Coventry
Permanent
£45408

The Ebbsfleet ‘Lay Congress’ in March 2016 saw over 400 lay people from different Ebbsfleet dioceses coming to Coventry Cathedral to hear an outline of 8 ‘Essential Qualities’ (8EQs) which enable churches to be healthy and flourish. These qualities are based on international research of over 80,000 churches by Natural Church Development (NCD). Encouraged by positive feedback from the Congress, and experience of the qualities in practice within churches in the Diocese of Coventry, the Bishop of Ebbsfleet has requested assistance from the Diocese of Coventry in developing this approach wider.

Funding from the Church Commissioners has been secured to assist in this contribution to mutual flourishing. This new and exciting post has been created to assist in developing these qualities in parishes served by the See of Ebbsfleet.

We are therefore seeking applications from Anglican priests with a generous and mature personal Christian faith and presence, inhabiting and nourished by Anglo-Catholictradition, and who have:

  • The desire and ability to ‘win’ and empower others.
  • Good coaching and mentoring skills.
  • The ability to win the respect of key strategic Diocesan staff and the Bishop of Ebbsfleet’s Representatives in the relevant Dioceses, and clergy and people of the parishes.
  • Experience of senior leadership in churches in different contexts (ideally including both urban and rural) leading to growth across all ages and backgrounds.
  • Experience of implementation of vision and strategy, creation and adaptation of appropriate processes, and evaluation and analysis of systems and results.
  • Experience in recruiting, motivating and training volunteers.
  • To play a key role in the shaping and implementation of a parish development strategy across the Ebbsfleet parishes, especially in relation to the 8EQs of healthy churches, so that they continue to be woven into the DNA of Ebbsfleet parishes. This will include, with Catholic imagination, the task of translating the principles, approach, and language into an Anglo-Catholic sacramental context, and to develop a team of volunteer mentors who will help mentor churches in delivering these qualities in their individual and unique contexts.
  • The ECDM will be a primary point of contact for Ebbsfleet parishes interested in this approach, whose work will be based on healthy personal relationships with Diocesan staff, clergy and laity, and in a way which will seek to enhance, not undermine, existing Diocesan and/or parish strategies for growth.
  • To develop an excellent communication strategy which will enable the maximum potential engagement of Ebbsfleet parishes and positive responses within the wider Dioceses.
  • To develop and promote the work of a team of volunteer mentors, and line manage any additional Healthy Church Mentors.
  • To work closely with the 20s-30s Team Leader and 20s-30s Development Leaders of the Acceler8 project and see how learning can be applied to Ebbsfleet contexts. This will include meetings, training days and collaboration on reports.
  • To work closely with Diocesan staff in all 13 Dioceses covered by Ebbsfleet.
  • To identify and fulfill training needs across the dioceses gained from Ebbsfleet-wide evaluation of survey results.
  • To mentor, coach, encourage and organise ongoing training for the application and assessment of these 8 qualities in ways appropriate for churches of Ebbsfleet tradition across the Dioceses, drawing on wider expertise nationally and internationally where appropriate.
  • To enable the application of all 8EQs from the outset in all Ebbsfleet pioneering church initiatives.
  • To work with parishes in vacancy in preparation of parish profiles reflecting the 8EQs, in co-operation with Diocesan recruitment processes.
  • To identify, train and support effective coaches and mentors to enable long-term sustainability of the strategy.
  • To maintain models of strategic and sustainable development of the 8EQs resulting in sustained qualitative and numerical growth which may become a help to other Dioceses.
  • To oversee the effective administration of the Ebbsfleet 8EQs Process and Team.
  • To assist in the development of appropriate legal structures to enable longer term sustainability of this and other roles serving parishes served by the Bishop of Ebbsfleet.
  • An Anglican priest with a generous and mature personal Christian faith and presence, inhabiting and nourished by Anglo-Catholic tradition.
  • A pleasant personality with an ability to ‘win’ and empower others.
  • Good coaching and mentoring skills.
  • Able to win the respect of key strategic Diocesan staff and the Bishop of Ebbsfleet’s Representatives in the relevant Dioceses, and the clergy and people of the parishes.
  • Experience of senior leadership in churches in different contexts (ideally including both urban and rural) leading to growth across all ages and backgrounds.
  • Experience of implementation of vision and strategy, creation and adaptation of appropriate processes, and evaluation and analysis of systems and results.
  • Self-motivated and ability to work on own initiative, as well as collegially as part of a team.
  • Good time-management skills.
  • Experience in recruiting, motivating and training volunteers.
  • Willingness and ability to travel (frequently throughout designated dioceses in the Midlands, and Central and South-West England, occasionally nationally and overseas).

The Diocese of Coventry represents the Church of England in Coventry and Warwickshire. With our network of 200 parishes, we have a Christian presence in every local community. We have a rich variety of people and traditions, and yet we are united in our shared mission of "worshipping God ...making new disciples ...transforming communities".

To fulfil this mission, we want to grow healthy churches by fostering the 8 Essential Qualities as identified by the Institute of Natural Church Development.

www.dioceseofcoventry.org

Please send completed application form to ryan.finnegan@covcofe.org