Children's and Families' Missioner for ages 9-16 and their families - Aston and Sutton Coldfield Deanery

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Building on our learning from our first cohort of Children and Families Missioners 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 our second cohort of CFMs.

Based at St Barnabas, Erdington and working predominantly across the Erdington Oversight Area (a group of 6 Church of England churches in Erdington committed to working together in ministry and mission), the Aston & Sutton Coldfield Children and Families Missioner will support parishes by envisioning, equipping and supporting volunteers in their aim to engage with 9 to 16 year olds and their families. The Erdington Oversight Area has a specific focus on families with children and young people in from year 5 up to year 11, helping them to grow in discipleship and become part of new, and existing worshipping communities that are connected to local parish churches.

This is a new opportunity for people who love engaging with, envisioning and empowering volunteers to share in mission together amongst children and families through a local church. While based within Church of England Birmingham, the successful candidate will need to be adept at working ecumenically, both with other denominations and with local Christian youth and children work organization Urban Devotion Birmingham, who are our key local partner.

The attached Project Overview document gives further information on the development of the role over the three years of the contract.

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 will be to:

  • Recruit, support, train and encourage local volunteers from the Erdington Church of England churches to grow mission and ministry with 9 to 16-year-olds and their families; particularly with those not yet engaged in their local church community.
  • Support the mission of the Oversight Area’s churches by working with the emerging volunteer teams to develop creative opportunities for evangelism and outreach amongst 9 to 16-year-olds and families
  • Support and model a culture where 9 to 16-year-olds and their 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.
  • Work in ecumenical partnership within Erdington to support the development of the “Safe Spaces” programme locally, particularly in raising up and equipping new volunteers.
  • With the leaders of the group of churches, develop, adapt and resource creative discipleship pathways, relevant to the local context, to engage and encourage discipleship with children, aged 9-16 and their families wishing to grow in faith and help the formation of new, inter-generational worshipping communities.
  • Work with Urban Devotion Birmingham in outreach to school children and their families, particularly focused on creating points of contact between schools and local churches.
  • Encourage and support collaboration and training opportunities for volunteer teams within the group of churches.
  • In order to work effectively with Urban Devotion and other denominations, encourage the churches in the group to expand links and networks with organisations and places which are currently not in regular contact with the church. This may include schools, charities, agencies and local services.
  • Work with the Area Dean and Parish Mission Support team to offer support and training to other parishes in the Aston & Sutton Coldfield Deanery
  • Play an active role in the host parish leadership team, sharing the ethos, values and vision of the church, collaborating with other staff as appropriate.
  • Complete and submit all evaluation/feedback to the CFM Coordinator complete and on time.
  • Participate fully in training and development programme for CFMs and their volunteers.



  • Experience in engaging with 9 to 16 year olds and their families in mission, evangelism and outreach in a parish or local community context
  • Demonstrable love of Christ with an infectious Christian faith
  • Commitment to be rooted in the worshipping and prayer life of the Erdington group of churches.
  • There is an occupational requirement for the person to be a practicing Christian.
  • Supportive of the Church of England and a willingness to work within its frameworks.
  • Experience of bringing about an element of culture change.
  • Leadership experience, with significant experience in building and managing teams of volunteers
  • Good verbal and written skills and able to communicate effectively with children and adults.
  • Confidence in using technology and social media.
  • Good self-awareness and the ability to reflect.
  • A friendly and warm persona with an ability to work well with a wide diversity of people.
  • A team player who will work to empower, support and encourage others.
  • A commitment to uphold current safeguarding legislation and best practice
  • Ability to travel across the geographical area of the deanery


  • Experience in leading children & youth mentoring schemes, and supporting new and existing mentors
  • Particular experience of working with children aged 9-16 and their families
  • Development of intergenerational worshipping communities


  • 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 context of the oversight area, please contact The Revd Emma Sykes, or for an informal discussion of the CFM project, please contact Libby James, CFM Coordinator


Closing date for applications: 26th November 2021

Interviews will take place on: 9th & 10th December 2021