Thank you for taking an interest in this key role based at St James` Church, Lower Darwen, St James`, Church Over Darwen and St Paul`s Hoddleston.
Our new administrator will join the combined parish and project team at a time of exciting change. We are in a season of unlocking after the pandemic, with new ministries being explored and activities that have been on hold for many months restarting as the restrictions ease. This is true in all three parishes and also in the M:Power project, which is a nationally funded project to plant new congregations and equip leaders from our urban communities.
The parishes need a part time (15 hours per week) Parish Administrator who can support the efficient operation of ministries across three diverse parishes, including coordinating the use of the St James Lower Darwen church building. This will include some ‘personal assistant’ type support to the Vicar, including diary management. This half of the role will be employed by St James’ Lower Darwen Parochial Church Council (PCC) on behalf of the three parishes.
The second half of the role relates to the M:Power project. The project team need someone with strong organisational skills to support the project part time (15 hours) as we seek to strengthen the evangelistic work on Highercroft and at St James’ Over Darwen, together with continuing to deliver high quality training from two training centres. There is also a need to provide the Board with some administrative support. This part of the role will be employed by the Diocese of Blackburn Diocesan Board of Finance (DBF).
The Parishes of St James Lower Darwen, St James Over Darwen and St Paul’s Hoddlesden are a well established informal team of local churches on the eastern side of Darwen who support one another in mission and ministry. In addition to congregations meeting in the church buildings at Lower and Over Darwen, the St Paul’s congregation meet in the local school and there is a fresh expression of church called ‘Pop Up Church’ which meets on the Highercroft housing estate. The St James’ Lower Darwen building is also regularly used by church and community groups.
The parishes also helped give birth to, and now host, the M:Power project which supports two urban evangelists and a leadership training programme for lay leaders from urban communities. There is a training hub in Blackpool and for 2021/22 the training in east Lancashire will be delivered from St Stephen’s Burnley rather than St James’ Lower Darwen. The project receives funding from the national church until the end of 2023. We are hopeful that this funding will be extended until mid-2024 and the Project Board are currently working to secure longer term funding.
As Parish Administrator:
Total contracted hours per week 30.
Who we are looking for;
Please see the recruitment pack attached below for full details of the role.
Closing date: Sunday 10 October 2021
Interview date: Thursday 14th October 2021
Start Date: Monday 1st November 2021 or mutually agreed alternative
We are praying for a new colleague to join our friendly team as we face the future with hope-filled faith in all that Jesus is doing in our midst. If you think that might be you and you would welcome an informal conversation with someone then please contact either of us by e-mail at the address below.
Revd Rebecca Roberts Revd Nick McKee
Vicar Designate Chair of the M:Power Board