Children’s and Families’ Missioner - Coleshill and Polesworth Deanery

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Diocesan vision and background

The diocese of Birmingham is an area that is young, culturally diverse, creative, dynamic and constantly changing. In the midst of the political, economic, social and environmental changes, God is at work, inside and outside the church. Since 2009, our Transforming Church strategy has been shaping our vision across the Church of England in Birmingham, guiding us to be a more inclusive Church that is growing ‘larger, wider, deeper and younger’: a Church that is a transforming presence at the heart of our communities. Our Transforming Church strategy has its heart in local parishes and in all forms of growth: numerical, spiritual and transformational. We have identified seven Areas of Transformation, alongside Ten Diocesan Goals.

Building on our learning from our first cohort of CFMs and responding to the innovative changes across the Diocese of Birmingham through our People and Places Framework we offer an exciting opportunity to be part of context specific local parish and community missional activity by envisioning and supporting local volunteers.

This is a new opportunity for someone with relevant experience who loves engaging with, envisioning and empowering volunteers to share in creative, innovative missional activity together with children and families through a local parish. The role is funded by the Church Commissioners Strategic Development Fund carrying specific outcomes which form the minimum requirements of the role. These have been developed into a work plan included in this pack which gives structure and scaffolding, but invites the work of the Spirit to open opportunities yet unseen.

This is one of 6 new roles that share the common DNA of mission & ministry with children & families across the diocese, but are shaped by the local context in their specific responsibilities. CFMs will be locally managed and supported/coached by the Project Coordinator both 1:1 and in a learning community, playing a role in diocesan wide activity where appropriate.

Coleshill & Polesworth Deanery overview & priorities (Wordle –“ Hopes and Dreams” formed from the first meeting of the Deanery Synod)

Coleshill & Polesworth Deanery came into being formally on 1 November 2019. Since then the work of building relationships and learning from each other has continued to grow and develop; from making connections on environmental issues to joint meetings of readers, wardens and parish safeguarding officers. Geographically the Deanery stretches across Birmingham, Solihull, North Warwickshire and Staffordshire councils. It contains within it a combination of outer estates, more affluent suburban neighbourhoods and moves out to the north and the more rural parishes of Church of England Birmingham. Within the Deanery you will discover a variety of worship styles and traditions, single parishes and multi church benefices and 2 church plants. There are 9 Church of England Primary Schools and there are local connections with each of them.

Based part time in the parish of Hodge Hill, with the rest of their time working alongside parishes across the deanery, the CFM will focus on supporting parishes by envisioning, equipping and supporting local volunteers as they grow and develop connection with children and families - growing loving community in the love of God, and discovering the gospel together.

This interesting and creative new role will pay particular attention to enabling parishes across the deanery to develop in three areas:

  • engaging with children and families in and through schools work;
  • engaging with and through the natural environment;
  • growing local leadership.

We expect this development work to result in: new connections with children and families; people newly journeying with Jesus and exploring faith as new disciples; new activities and worshipping communities; and more inspired, trained and supported volunteers.

Hodge Hill parish vision & priorities

Hodge Hill parish is a large, multi-ethnic, outer urban parish including a large estate neighbourhood (the Firs & Bromford). The parish church is a CofE-URC Local Ecumenical Partnership, committed to ‘Growing Loving Community – in the love of God, with all our neighbours, across Hodge Hill’ – a holistic, ‘shalom-shaped’, radically receptive approach to mission. For over 10 years we have been engaged in a journey of intergenerational community-building in Firs & Bromford, in partnership with neighbours and two Christian-rooted community organisations, Worth Unlimited and Open Door Community Foundation. Within both this long-term community-building journey and the ‘extended family’ of Hodge Hill Church, is a small emerging community of people seeking to ‘discover the gospel together’, that we call ‘FAB Church’. Developing our missional engagement further is a priority for this next chapter of our journey here – alongside pursuing racial justice, and deepening ecological responsibility.

CofEB is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where all can be themselves. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements and other services to support staff. We welcome applications from any qualified persons, particularly those currently under-represented such as Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic groups.


The main elements of the role are outlined below. All activity will be in collaboration with local parishes.

  • Envision, support, train and encourage local volunteers from the host parish and across the Deanery to grow mission and ministry with children and their families; particularly with those not yet engaged in their local church community.
  • Support and model a culture where children and families are integrated throughout the church and community and where children of all ages are valued and given opportunities to share in ministry and mission.
  • Be an active participant in the ongoing values, vision, culture and collaborative, missional leadership of Hodge Hill Church, with a particular focus on participating in the leadership and development of FAB Church.
  • Develop and resource creative discipleship pathways to engage and encourage discipleship with children and families wishing to grow in faith.
  • Inspire, train and support new Deanery teams focused on particular themes.
  • Support the beginning and ongoing development of new worshipping communities with a specific focus on nature and the environment
  • Develop and support new training for volunteers in collaboration with the diocesan Flex Pathway
  • Meet regularly for reflection and supervision with local supervisor (Rector of Hodge Hill Church)
  • Complete and submit all evaluation/feedback to the CFM Coordinator
  • Work collaboratively with, and report regularly to, the Deanery CFM Steering Group
  • Manage the delivery of the CFM project within the parish and deanery and be responsible for updating plans and communication with all key stakeholders
  • Participate fully in training and development programme for CFMs and local volunteers


  • Demonstrable love of Christ with an infectious Christian faith. There is an occupational requirement for the CFM to be a practicing Christian.
  • Empathy, commitment and proven ability to grow healthy relationships with a wide diversity of people (including age, social background and context).
  • Deep commitment to journeying alongside people, working to empower, support and encourage their development.
  • Leadership experience, including significant experience of mentoring individuals and building teams of volunteers.
  • Gifted and experienced in envisioning and supporting new volunteering
  • Significant experience of community-based missional activity and ministry with children & families, ideally in an area of economic deprivation
  • A passion for, and some experience in, engaging with and through the natural environment
  • Significant experience of working with and/or engaging with schools
  • Commitment to be a wholehearted worshipping member of the Hodge Hill Church community.
  • Supportive of the Church of England and a willingness to work within its frameworks.
  • Experience of working with others to bring about culture change.
  • Good verbal and written skills and able to communicate effectively in a variety of contexts
  • Confidence in using technology and social media.
  • A team player, with good self-awareness and both ability and enthusiasm to reflect self-critically with colleagues.
  • Understanding and awareness of power structures and their effect upon missional activity.
  • A commitment to uphold current safeguarding legislation and best practice
  • Ability to travel across the geographical area of the deanery

[1] For more details of our approach, see Al Barrett & Ruth Harley, Being Interrupted: Re-imagining the Church’s Mission from the Outside, In (London: SCM Press, 2020).


  • Full-time 35 hours per week for a fixed-term of 3 years (subject to funding)
  • Salary £27,000
  • Pension 12% employer contribution into the Church Workers Pension Fund
  • Holidays 25 days per annum, plus 8 Bank Holidays, plus 3 discretionary days
  • The post is subject to a DBS disclosure and satisfactory references
  • The employer is the Birmingham Diocesan Board of Finance (BDBF)
  • Reports to the CFM Project Co-ordinator

For an informal discussion about the host parish context please contact The Revd Dr Al Barrett by email: or for an informal discussion about the wider project, please contact Libby James, CFM Coordinator on


Closing date for applications: 26th November 2021

Interviews will take place on: 7th & 8th December 2021