The Warden of the College of St Hugh

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The Opportunity

The Diocese of Lincoln seek to appoint an imaginative and confident leader who will be committed to shaping the future of the Diocese's training for mission and ministry. This role is a new and significant role within the Diocese of Lincoln. We envisage that the successful applicant will help shape and develop the role during its first year.

There is a genuine occupational requirement that the appointee, whether lay or ordained, must be a communicant member of the Church of England or a church in full communion and eligible to hold the Archbishop's authorisation to preach and lead public worship.

For an informal conversation about this role, please contact Dr Nigel Peyton, Assistant Bishop in the Diocese.


Phone: 07974 402449

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and communities, and in particular those that are currently under represented in our workforce. This includes, but is not limited to, United Kingdom Minority Ethnic (UKME) candidates.

Backgroundand Context

As faithful Christians we long for people to flourish and grow in faith and the love of Christ. We long to transform the lives of people across greater Lincolnshire. In response to significant challenges, the Diocese of Lincoln is embarking on a process of cultural and organisational change. Resourcing Sustainable Church: Time to Change – Together ( represents the fruits of two years of integrated discussion, research, planning and consultation concerning the interweaving themes of Church Growth, Ministerial Deployment, Generosity and Share, Asset Optimisation, and Diocesan Costs. The commitments and recommendations contained in the report assume a complex plan involving significant changes to the way we work. This change will affect our ways of enabling mission across greater Lincolnshire, our support services, the interaction between our voluntary giving and historic assets, and the use of our many buildings. This process is likely to take up to five years. The report's ethos is deeply contextual and is built on consultation, collaboration, inclusion and localism. Over the last year, during the significant challenges of the pandemic, over 600 people joined in the consultations needed to birth our vision for growth. Dozens of people have been involved in creating the report and will continue supporting and leading its various elements.

The imaginative and contextual training of lay and ordained people within various ministries is needed for RSC to become a reality. To enable this development and vision for ministry partnerships and growth, we are launching the College of St Hugh. The College will integrate lay and ordained vocational discernment, recruitment, initial formation and continuing development, ministerial wellbeing, evangelism, discipleship development, church growth, mission action planning, social responsibility, and the spiritual and praying heart of the Diocese through the Community of St Hugh (

The College will also discern and facilitate the emerging Church that will form the strategic driver of the cultural change that will reach the Diocese's aim of being the sustainable, vibrant, healthy Church. The plan is that support in these areas will be delivered increasingly by and through networks and dispersed teams of paid and voluntary champions.

In doing the work of Principal, the Warden of the College of St Hugh will lead, rebrand and redevelop the Lincoln School of Theology (LST), our Theological Educational Institution, as a key resource in this work of missional culture change.

This post will play a crucial role in helping the Diocese build on past expertise in lay and ordained training and reimagining training provision. The Warden will need to be an entrepreneurial, prayerful, missional leader, committed to embedding the culture change required for the College of St Hugh to succeed. They will be able to work generously with diversity and different church traditions. They will establish good working relationships based on trust, appropriate challenge, and affirmation. They will demonstrate the emotional intelligence to journey with others through change and challenging situations and work through conflict effectively. They will be a collaborative team player, enabling others to demonstrate their potential, and able to delegate responsibility to lay and ordained colleagues. Finally, they will be a wholehearted advocate for the Diocesan vision and strategy, a tenacious supporter of clergy and lay people's vocations and provide the training and formation needed for these to be realized.

The Warden of the College of St Hugh will be a member of the Lincoln Bishop’s Staff with specific, strategic responsibility for helping us to grow lay and ordained ministers who are team players, outward-facing, confident in discipleship, well-resourced and well-supported.

Establishing the College of St Hugh will involve helping existing staff adjust to new priorities and ways of working and developing a team of voluntary lay and ordained ministers who can offer their own gifts and skills to the task of resourcing local communities. Creating a team of this breadth, under the leadership of one person, will enable us to serve the Diocese in a more creative and coordinated way than our present structures allow.

Our Diocese is very diverse, which creates a multitude of needs and opportunities for the delivery of training and encouraging mission. As one of the largest dioceses there is a need to decentralise training provision. This may involve team members travelling out to offer training and require the team to produce resources that will be delivered (digitally where appropriate) in Local Mission Partnerships or Deanery Partnerships.

The new role is being recruited as we come out of the COVID pandemic that has inspired many creative expressions of ministry and a desire not simply to return to how things were before. There are also fresh financial pressures. Our new Warden will bring a creative and faith-filled approach to embracing both the opportunities and challenges of the future, contributing significantly to the required change management and cultural transformation required across the Diocese.

To find out more about us please follow the links below;

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