Parish Giving Officer

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Canterbury
Employee
£26,000 pa plus excellent benefits

The Parish Giving Officer is an exciting new role in which you will help oversee the implementation and coordination of an established National Giving Scheme (www.parishgiving.org.uk) to local churches on behalf of the Diocese.

The purpose of this five-year funded post is to communicate and introduce the National Parish Giving Scheme to parishes across the Diocese. In addition to this, a significant focus of the role will be to encourage and promote a culture of generosity amongst parish members. You will look to maximise benefits for the parishes whilst at the same time as increasing financial resources available for mission throughout the Diocese of Canterbury.

As post holder you will initially partner with ten parishes to pilot a 6-month scheme to effectively introduce the Parish Giving Scheme in those places, to understand the lessons learnt and make recommendations and proposals to the Diocese that will influence our generous giving strategy and potential further roll-out. This is to support our objective to engage parishes, deaneries, and the wider Diocese to resource our mission and ministry.

1. Collaborate with the National Parish Giving Scheme and develop a project and implementation plan with a view to the Diocese migrating to this Scheme.

2. Maximise and communicate the advantages and benefits to parishes benefits of scheme participation.

3. Project coordinate a pilot scheme of approximately ten churches to reflect the cross section of our Diocese so that the potential advantages of the National Parish Giving Scheme can be well understood.

4. Partner with Rochester Diocese on this simultaneous project to provide mutual support, share learning and to glean good news testimonials from across the county.

5. Promote generous giving of time, talents and money by working in partnership with other Diocesan Officers to share good practice.

6. Speak on giving and generosity as a support to the Generous Giving Advisor in on-site in churches and other meetings.

7. Support the creation of resources and delivery of training events to church officers to encourage all areas of giving in collaboration with other Diocesan staff.

8. Support Stewardship Campaigns in parishes and/or deaneries and monitor their effectiveness as well as offering on-going support following each campaign.

9. Work with colleagues in the finance team to assist with undertaking gift aid processing and help manage the transition to new arrangements under the Parish Giving Scheme.

10. Liaise with the Diocesan Secretary and the Archdeacons in prioritising support for particular Church Councils.

11. Create and maintain effective relationships outside the Diocese including representing the Diocese at regional and national conferences on Christian stewardship and related subjects

Reporting to the Financial Controller this is five-year funded post in which you will effectively partner with parishes to introduce the programme at a local level whilst at the same time supporting the encouragement and promotion of a culture of generosity amongst parish members. Key performance indicators will be the successfully transitioning to the scheme whilst also maximising benefits for parishes and increasing financial resources available for mission and ministry throughout the Diocese of Canterbury.

As post holder, you will initially collaborate with ten parishes to pilot a 6-month scheme to effectively introduce the Parish Giving Scheme in those places, to understand the lessons learnt and make recommendations and proposals to the Diocese that will influence our generous giving strategy. In turn you will use you project planning skills to implement a possible further roll-out to more parishes. This is to support our objective to engage parishes, deaneries, and the wider Diocese to resource our mission and ministry.

With outstanding interpersonal and collaboration skills, you should have proven experience of coordinating and liaising with volunteers from a range of backgrounds, as well as having the ability to build and enhance effective working relationships on behalf of the Diocese. In addition, you will have substantial organisational and communication skills with experience of coordinating projects including the ability to translate discussions into specific implementation plans.

Canterbury Diocese is committed to 3 key overriding objectives of

  • Growing the Church, numerically and spiritually
  • Re-imagining ministry for lay and ordained
  • Building partnerships that enrich communities

The diocesan structure is built around frameworks which focus on these key objectives and our strategic priorities are set for this purpose. Through our structural Staff Teams our vision and purpose for our diocesan officers is to offer support, advice and exceptional service to all those who work and worship in the parishes, deaneries and schools of the Diocese enabling them to serve God through their witness to the good news of Jesus Christ