Director of Vocations

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£38000 - £40000

Are you called to help others in their calling?

The Diocese of Liverpool is seeking the right individual to fulfil a pivotal role in our desire to see more people knowing Jesus and more justice in the world. We are looking for a flourishing of lay and ordained ministry and seek a creative thinker able to promote, encourage and nurture all vocations across our diocese. You will need a passion for the 24/7 ministry of all God’s people coupled with a deep understanding of the joy and challenge of ordained ministry.

You would be a senior post holder and member of our bishop’s leadership team. Serving as Diocesan Director of Ordinands you would lead and direct our vocations team. You will be expected to work closely with our senior clergy and represent our diocese on the appropriate national networks and amongst theological colleges. You will also sit on the project board of our strategically important Fit for Mission programme.

You will join a well-resourced team with a strong track record in encouraging vocations.

We are keen to receive applications from people from diverse backgrounds. There is an occupational requirement for the post holder to be a practising Christian in accordance with Schedule 9 of the Equality Act 2010.

Closing date: 12.00 noon on Friday 15th October 2021
Interviews: Friday 22nd October 2021

The successful nurturing of all vocations is a vital role for the success of the church. In Liverpool we want to see a significant, sustained increase in the number and quality of vocations and for all baptised people to realise the vocation in their whole life. You will be called to help others in their calling through working collaboratively bringing to our diocese warmth, wisdom, experience and enthusiasm.

Within our vision of asking God for bigger church to make a bigger difference with more people knowing Jesus and more justice in the world, Liverpool has built a strong record in encouraging vocations supported by our Rule of Life discipleship package and LifeCall vocational strategy. We are working towards four priorities

  • Introducing people to God through Jesus
  • Deepening discipleship
  • Developing Christian leaders
  • Working for justice

Christian vocation sits strongly in all of these and you will be called to build and develop our work in this area. You will encourage and equip laity and clergy to be intentional and confident in nurturing vocations. You will also look at developing a wide range of lay ministries including the growth of Local Missional Leaders.

Working from our diocesan offices you will join a strong supportive cohort of senior leaders in a diocese renowned for creative thinking around the missional challenges facing today’s church. You will benefit from a competitive salary, free parking and an Employee Assistance Programme among other benefits.

We are looking for someone who will:-

  • Encourage the vocation and ministry of all God’s people.
  • Oversee our robust clergy discernment process.
  • Oversee the growth and maturity of lay leadership and ministry.
  • Lead our efforts to recalibrate a range of ordained roles for effective ministry in a changing parish context.
  • Work with TEIs to agree appropriate training pathways for effective training and formation of ministers.
  • Develop a creative strategy to nurture and grow all vocations.

Our ideal candidate will

  • Have a theological degree and be theologically confident with an understanding of the issues involved in ministerial education.
  • Have proven experience in discerning and encouraging all vocations.
  • Be experienced in building and leading teams.
  • Be able to contribute to the development and promotion of policy at senior and strategic level.
  • Be able to handle diverse workloads
  • Have excellent listening and discernment skills

For many years we have been working to achieve growth in our diocese. We have used different ways to express this but the aim and direction of travel has remained the same – consistent with the whole of the Church of England. When Bishop Paul was installed he adopted our growth agenda refreshing it by saying ‘we are asking God for a bigger church so we can make a bigger difference; more people knowing Jesus more justice in the world’

This is how we express our mission.

We think we will achieve this mission if we have

100 new congregations
1,000 new leaders
10,000 disciples

to help us do this we are calling every worshipping Christian in our diocese to

  • Sign up to the Bishop of Liverpool’s rule of life which will encourage and support us to Read, Learn, Pray, Give, Serve, Tell
  • bring 1 friend into the regular worshipping and serving life of the church (bring one friend)
  • do 10 acts of service or find 10 new points of connection beyond the walls of the church (do ten things)