As part of our People and Places framework, we are radically re-imagining what missional leadership (ordained and lay) looks like across our diocese. We are transitioning to a greater degree of oversight leadership at local level as we seek to set team-working, collaboration, equipping others, fostering the gifts of the whole people of God, accountability and mutual support at the heart of our approach to mission-oriented ministry. We have also committed ourselves to fostering deeper discipleship leading to “more and more confident Christians”, equipped to live out and witness to their faith daily.
New modular Learning Pathways supports all of this. Our pathways form clergy, Readers, and other lay ministers for the work to which God has called them. They also support the leadership development of clergy for oversight roles and the development of new skills and approaches to meet the challenges of leadership in mission and ministry in a changing culture. Leadership Learning Pathways equally support lay disciples and leaders exploring and discovering opportunities to serve and lead in new ways. Some of these may go on to take up new authorised ministries in the church and some will be called to live out their Christian discipleship and witness in their everyday lives – the calling of all baptised Christians as articulated in the influential report “Setting God’s People Free” and supported by the implementation work led nationally by Nick Shepherd.
The concept of learning pathways is therefore taking a radical step away from the ‘one size fits all’ approach to formation for discipleship and leadership, focussing on bespoke support, mentoring and modular learning pathways. This supports the leadership and discipleship culture change we are seeking through learning, deepening faith, raising skills, confidence, ability and commitment.
The role of Learning Pathways Support Officer has been key to the creation and implementation of this new framework for modular learning. We are now looking for the right person to take up the role and provide maternity cover through 2022.
The successful candidate will need to have:
Terms and Conditions
This is a part-time post: 28 hours per week for a fixed term of 10 months from November 2021 to September 2022.
Pension: Membership of the Church Workers Pension scheme with 12% employer contributions
Holidays: 25 days per year plus Bank Holidays (pro-rata) plus 3 additional Diocesan Discretionary Days
The post holder will report to the Pathways Manager
The employer is the BDBF (Birmingham Diocesan Board of Finance).
We particularly invite interest from disabled, black, Asian and minority ethnic applicants who are currently under-represented in our staff team and those from diverse Christian traditions
Closing Date for Applications: Friday 8th October 2021
Interviews will be held on: Tuesday 19th October 2021