The Diocese of Southwark is at an exciting point in its journey as it implements its Vision for Growth 2017-2025. We seek to be a Diocese that is Christ-centred and outward focused:
As a Diocese, we encourage a culture of generosity as we celebrate churches, worshipping communities and fresh expressions of Church (across the full spectrum of traditions) that speak well of each other, support each other as together we seek to resource and deliver a programme of missional growth.
One of the principles at the heart of the Bishop of Southwark’s Vision for Growth is that of “generous giving and prayer supporting all we do”. Since 2015 the Diocese has successfully changed its parish share system to a generosity-based offerings system, the Parish Support Fund; in 2020 we have launched a new giving strategy to encourage and enable generosity and giving across the Diocese for the next triennium and there are specific annual objectives for each year.. During the pandemic we supported parishes with top tips and good practice guides to encourage giving, financial management and fundraising. We joined the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) in November 2020 and are one of three dioceses take part in a contactless giving trial with the National church in 2021.
Working alongside the Director of Giving and Parish Funding to promote and develop a culture of generosity, encourage increased personal and congregational giving and offer resources and support to congregations to help grow the Kingdom of God through the Southwark Vision. The main responsibilities will include.
As part of the Giving Team, to continue to build a culture of generous giving on a personal and congregational level so that generosity becomes an integrated and key outworking of the Southwark Vision for Growth.
Working with the Director of Giving to embed the PGS in Southwark Diocese in 2022 and beyond. Maximising the adoption and uptake of the PGS with a view to at least 40% of parishes actively participating by the end of the third year, 2023.
Building good working relationships with clergy and lay people throughout the differing church traditions in the Diocese, updating and contributing to the website with blogs, key information and resources and at the same time, maintaining external links with the regional and national stewardship network and other organisations.
The ideal candidate will be a practising Christian who desires to serve churches in Southwark Diocese, who is passionate about resourcing mission and ministry, enabling spiritual and numerical growth. Have a broad understanding of the Church of England's structure, breadth, and dynamics, with a strong sense of diversity and cross-cultural dynamics. An ability to communicate in a clear and lively manner both in writing and verbally is essential. Proficiency in Excel is essential with strong numeracy skills and the ability to collect, collate and translate data. Previous successful delivery of projects and experience working with volunteers is essential.
The Diocese of Southwark, founded in 1905, forms part of the Province of Canterbury in England and is part of the wider Church of England, in turn part of the worldwide Anglican Communion. The Diocese covers primarily the area of Greater London, which is south of the Thames, together with the eastern part of the county of Surrey. It is one of the largest dioceses in terms of population and parishes as well as one of the most diverse.