Senior Church Buildings Officer

Posted 16 days agoExpires in 12 days
£45,615 per annum

The Diocese of Blackburn comprises 238 parishes which collectively have 274 churches with many also having church halls. For many parishes, adaptations and changes to buildings are a vital element of being or becoming a healthy church that transforms its community. These adaptations and changes must be done sensitively, cognisant of the heritage value and listed status of many church buildings. Further they need to be done creatively, using new techniques and technologies to grasp opportunities and overcome challenges within limited budgets.

This is an exciting opportunity to play a key role in the delivery of Blackburn Diocese’s Vision 2026 - "Healthy Churches Transforming Communities" through the care for and transformational use of church buildings.

This new senior role will be the lead point of contact and expertise for all parishes in the diocese in relation to the care for, development of and sustainable management of their buildings. They will also play a vital role in enabling and facilitating the work of the Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) which is the diocesan committee that considers, advises on and approves all requests by parishes who wish to make changes to their buildings.

Church Buildings Guidance and Advice

  • Be the lead diocesan adviser for parishes in relation to the creative development of their buildings, helping them to discern how they can adapt or develop church buildings and halls in response to the changing needs of worship and mission, enabling healthy churches that transform their communities.
  • Demonstrate a coherent understanding of the role that church buildings can play in the worship and mission of the church, and how this may differ in the various theological traditions of the diocese.
  • Attend PCCs, site visits or other meetings, to help with the parish envisioning process and/or to explain the faculty process, especially where a major capital project is being considered.

Diocesan Strategy:

  • Provide creativity and proposals in relation to how to make the most of and honour our beautiful and iconic church buildings whilst responding to changing worship and mission needs and overcoming the challenge of cost (both in terms of finance and time).


  • Promote and advise on capital fundraising, sources of grant funding, and inspiring personal giving to help churches realise their vision to develop their buildings.
  • Encourage congregations to think imaginatively about income generation to maintain their buildings.

Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC)

  • Blackburn DAC Secretary.
  • Oversee DAC Casework and the online faculty system, ensuring clear and prompt feedback is provided to parishes and that a good relationship is maintained between the DAC and parishes.
  • Work with parishes to resolve faculty related issues.
  • Undertake external consultations with the amenity societies.
  • Responsible for DAC meetings and agenda`s.
  • Work closely with the DAC Chair on all DAC matters
  • Oversee the DAC`S role in Quinquennial Inspections, including advising parishes on aspects of the process.

We are keen to hear from candidates who have:

  • Have a passion to see church buildings used creatively to enable the worship of God and mission to their communities

  • Demonstrable experience of designing and/or planning and/or managing building projects at a senior level in a professional context
  • Evidence of being a creative thinker, able to look beyond ‘what is’ in relation to a building and inspire with ideas of ‘what could be’.
  • Strong organisational and planning skills to anticipate and plan for work in advance
  • Excellent communication skills capable of establishing credibility, respect and building strong working relationships with a wide range of colleagues – clergy, parish representatives, architects etc.
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to document and present facts and figures in a clear and concise way

Blackburn Diocese Vision 2026:

Vision 2026 is an agenda for growth and change agreed by the Blackburn Diocesan Synod in 2015. It challenges our parishes to be healthy churches which can transform the communities in which they are set. It also lays out four ways in which this over-arching goal can be achieved: Making Disciples, Being Witnesses, Growing Leaders and Inspiring Children and Young People for Jesus Christ.

Over the course of 2020 the Diocese engaged in a ‘Vision Update’ through which we have sought to identify what is going well and where the challenges are as we seek to realise our Vision of seeing Healthy Churches Transforming Communities in 2026. This Update began with a ‘Parish Vision Survey’ and has encompassed extensive feedback from parishes and representative groups including Deanery Synods, Areas Deans and Bishop’s Council in order that plans focus on what will really make a difference to realising our Vision. The Update has resulted in the Vision 2026 Implementation Plan (2021 – 2024). Full details on Vision 2026 can be found on the Diocesan website

Please see the attached recruitment pack for full details of the vacancy.

There is a genuine occupational requirement for the post-holder to be a practising member of a Christian church.

The role comes with 2 days of Administration support which report to the postholder.

For an informal conversation about the role please contact: Director of Vision Delivery, Carolyn Barton

Interview date Wednesday 13 October 2021

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