Head of Growing Faith Foundation

Posted 2 days agoExpires in 20 days
£54,469 - £58,569 per year

The Church of England Education Office is a public facing operation through which the Church of England engages within the educational landscape. It is a combination of the work of the National Society (NS) and the Archbishops’ Council’s (AC) work in education and through the NS, a strategic plan has been developed and agreed for the education office’s work. The strategic plan has three elements: “Developing Leaders, Shaping Policy and Growing Faith”. Each of these three areas are held together as a coherent whole since the development of leaders is vital to the successful delivery of policy and Growing Faith.

The Head of the Growing Faith Foundation will lead the successful launch, development and implementation of the Growing Faith Foundation.

We are looking for an outstanding Head of the Growing Faith Foundation to recruit, shape and lead a dynamic team to engage with dioceses, churches and schools.

You will enable the prioritisation of ‘younger and more diverse’ as part of the Church of England’s national strategy and ensure the Growing Faith Foundation supports mission with children and young people towards a doubling of the number involved in active Christian discipleship.

An exceptional leader with the ability to develop relationships with trust and credibility, you will build on the success of the Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership and catalyse major culture change.

The National Church Institutions are taking a flexible approach to work, with many teams opting for a hybrid approach to their working week, with a mixture of home and office-based working. Details about working arrangements for this post will be discussed further at interview.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact andy.wolfe@churchofengland.org

Interviews will be held on the 15th October 2021.

In return we offer a unique environment with opportunities for continuous learning, generous annual leave for work life balance, season ticket loans and a range of benefits including discounted entry to attractions and what we feel is a market leading package when it comes to our pension scheme.

The Role

  • Launch and establish the new Growing Faith Foundation, including appointing a new team to lead and implement this work (including partnership with Dioceses, and co-funded appointments with Digital, Ministry and TEIs).
  • Enable the Growing Faith Foundation to take a strategic lead across the Church of England in relation to the Vision/Strategy focused on the ‘Younger’ priority, through a clear theory of change and intended outcomes, in the light of the Transforming Effectiveness review.
  • Building effective strategic relationships with a range of senior stakeholders and partners, founded on listening, responding and co-construction appropriate to particular local contexts.
  • Develop innovative training programmes to shape Christian leaders (clergy, lay and ordained children and young people’s ministers, chaplaincies, school leaders, teachers, family ministers and others) who are called, connected and committed to the Growing Faith adventure and are resourced to drive larger scale change in their own context through more effective mission and ministry with children and young people.
  • Develop national and diocesan facilitated learning networks that build dynamic partnerships between school/colleges and church leaders, children’s, young people and families ministers and school/college-based chaplaincies, that enable high quality input, peer to peer learning, sharing of ideas and resources and provide mutual challenge and encouragement.
  • Develop a research community with Higher Education Institutions, Theological Education Institutions and practitioners to underpin the development of the Growing Faith adventure with research led practice and ongoing action research.
  • Work with a range of external partners, signposting to training programmes/resources for school leaders, clergy, children’s, young people and families ministers and school/college-based chaplaincies.

The Requirements



  • Strong relationship building with a wide variety of partners within and beyond the organisation.
  • High quality presentation skills with a range of senior audiences, establishing trust, credibility and action planning.
  • Entrepreneurial/visionary leadership with the ability to effect change and significant organisational growth.
  • Systematic organisational skills in relation to managing a very significant number of relationships.
  • Evidence of personal and professional credibility in ministry or faith development work with children and young people.


  • Experience in leading and developing faith and discipleship amongst children and young people.
  • Leadership experience at a senior level.
  • Experience of working with strategic stakeholders, both within and beyond the Church of England system.
  • Understanding of the principles and best practice of network and partnership working for professional or ministry development.
  • Building and facilitating networks within an education/ministry context.
  • Proven ability to guide personal and organisational activities through theological reflection.
  • A strong track record in the creation, facilitation and presentation of resources.
  • Deep understanding of the short-term action and long-term systemic change required of our organisation in relation to ‘younger and more diverse’.

Personal Attributes:

  • Credibility and relationship building – establishing trust and delivering on expectations.
  • Blend of educational thinking and theological reflection.
  • Passion for the flourishing of adults and children.
  • Patience and resilience under pressure.
  • Strong sense of collegiality and team.
  • This post is subject to an occupational requirement that the holder be a communicant member of the Church of England or of a church in Communion with the Church of England under Part 1 of Schedule 9 to the Equality Act 2010 as the post holder will represent the Church of England at a senior level.
  • An understanding of and sensitivity to the range of theological views within the Church of England.


  • Ability to travel regularly within the UK.
  • Ability to drive when necessary.



  • Undergraduate and/or postgraduate qualifications in theology or a related discipline relevant to post.


  • Digital networking experience using social media and other platforms effectively to communicate and build networks.
  • Project management experience at a senior level.


  • Understanding of wider Church of England Vision and Strategy work.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the education and schools system in England.
  • Experience overseeing major events such as conferences, network events, collaborations.
  • Experience of ecumenical working.
  • Experience of inter-faith working.

We in the National Church Institutions support the mission and ministries of the Church all over England. We work with parishes, dioceses (regional offices), schools, other ministries and our partners at a national and international level.

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