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:
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.
 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).
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
For an informal discussion about the host parish context please contact The Revd Dr Al Barrett by email: email@example.com or for an informal discussion about the wider project, please contact Libby James, CFM Coordinator on firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for applications: 26th November 2021
Interviews will take place on: 7th & 8th December 2021