This is an exciting opportunity for an individual with demonstrable project management experience to play a key role in the delivery of Blackburn Diocese’s Vision 2026 - "Healthy Churches Transforming Communities".
Vision 2026 is an agenda for growth and change agreed by the Blackburn Diocesan Synod in 2015. It challenges our parishes to be healthy churches which can transform the communities in which they are set. It also lays out four ways in which this over-arching goal can be achieved: Making Disciples, Being Witnesses, Growing Leaders and Inspiring Children and Young People for Jesus Christ.
Two central aspirations under Vision 2026 are to see 10 new Strategic Church Plants by 2026 and to see a step change in ministry with those aged 11 - 16. Resourcing Churches are key to realising these aspirations and in early 2021 we were successful in our application for £3.5 million Strategic Development Funding from the Church Commissioners to part-fund new Resourcing Churches in Blackpool and Blackburn. The project to establish and develop these two new Resourcing Churches is titled ‘Lighting Up New Generations’ and runs from July 2021 to June 2026.
The Project Manager will manage this new project as well as playing an important role in the wider delivery of Vision 2026 through analysing and reporting on statistics and data, communicating stories relating to Vision 2026, monitoring the realisation of aspirations under the Vision 2026 Implementation Plan (2021 – 2024), and working with the Director of Vision Delivery to encourage and enable the network of volunteer Vision Champions.
The purpose of the Project Manager is twofold:
1. To manage the ‘Lighting Up New Generations’ project overseeing project planning, monitoring, finance, resourcing, change requests, reporting and all other aspects of ensuring the successful delivery of the project. This will involve developing excellent relationships with and working closely with the Resourcing Church leaders and leadership teams; the ‘Lighting Up New Generations’ Project Board and its Chair (Rt Rev Dr Jill Duff, Bishop of Lancaster); and the Strategic Development Unit of the Church Commissioners
2. To support the wider delivery of Vision 2026 through analysing and reporting on statistics and data, monitoring the realisation of aspirations under the Vision 2026 Implementation Plan (2021 – 2024), communicating stories relating to Vision 2026 and working with the Director of Vision Delivery to encourage and enable the network of volunteer Vision Champions. These tasks will involve contact with members of the Bishop’s Leadership Team, close liaison with the Diocesan Communications Manager and frequent interaction with ordained and lay representatives of parishes across the diocese.
Project Management of ‘Lighting Up New Generations’
Work closely with and support the Bishop of Lancaster, the resourcing church leaders and Operation Managers to shape the development of appropriate plans and local processes in each of the plants to lead the initiative effectively
· Monitor progress against the Project Plan with proactive risk and stakeholder management
· Support the effective operation of the Project Board
· Track project budgets and assisting the Operations Managers and Treasurers in forecasting and reviewing expenditure
· Identify potential sources of grants and assist with fundraising applications for projects relating to social action and capital works
Vision 2026 Delivery
Source, write and share stories relating to Vision 2026 by social media/in written form/through video and in writing communications relating to the Vision including keeping the relevant pages of the diocesan website up to date, in close cooperation with the Diocesan Communications Manager.
We are looking for somebody who;
Educated to degree level (or equivalent experience)
Strong track record of planning and managing projects on time and to budget, with clear evidence of proactive risk and stakeholder management.
Highly capable in analysing and evaluating large and complex datasets and producing helpful conclusions, charts and reports to communicate key trends.
A person of prayer, sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit
Someone who takes real delight in the breadth of the Church of England with a genuine appreciation of the Five Guiding Principles and the willingness to work in diverse cultural and theological contexts
A hopeful character, who is able to encourage, build-up, and promote a can-do attitude in the team and projects, such that data, targets and administration enable rather than undermine
Background to the Diocese of Blackburn
Blackburn diocese is approaching its 100th anniversary having been founded on the 12 December 1926 and serves almost the whole of the county of Lancashire with a population of 1.3 million. It is divided into 14 Deaneries and two Archdeaconries (Blackburn and Lancaster). The Diocese covers an area of extraordinary variety, from the stunning countryside of the Trough of Bowland to the former mill towns of East Lancashire, from the University cities of Preston and Lancaster to the seaside towns of Blackpool and Morecambe. We have Parishes of all traditions and are strongly committed to the principle of mutual flourishing.
Interview date Friday 12 November
For an informal conversation about the role please contact: Director of Vision Delivery, Carolyn Barton firstname.lastname@example.org
All interviews to take place at the Diocesan Offices, Clayton House, Blackburn, BB1 2QE
Diversity - The Board of Finance believes that diversity enables us to thrive and develop and is committed to race equality, welcoming applications from UK Minority Ethnic backgrounds
There is an occupation requirement for the post-holder to be a practising Christian, in accordance with Schedule 9 to the Equality Act 2010.
The salary shown is for 35 hours, salary for 28 hours would be £30,635 per annum.