The Diocese of Liverpool is embarking on a Strategic Transformation Programme, a six-year step change initiative, encouraged by and in partnership the Church Commissioners. During 2021 we have been undertaking a feasibility study prior to a significant Strategic Transformation Fund grant application (stage 1 October 2021, stage 2 February 2022). The aim of the programme is to implement prayerfully, and at pace, a clearly defined and widely owned Diocesan vision and plan for growth and a sustainable future.
Purpose of the role:
The aim of this role is to facilitate the delivery of a locally-defined fit for purpose building portfolio within each deanery. This will involve maximizing the use of some buildings and may involve (if the deanery decides) the shared use / repurposing or sale of others.
This is an exciting and challenging role for someone who knows and loves the church, and wants to help her move forward for a sustainable future.
What we are looking for:
A capable and energetic senior manager who will relish this challenge to help the Church of England in Liverpool on its growth journey, looking for more justice and a sustainable future. In this role you will join a small but diverse team (lay and ordained) who are working together to facilitate change in the diocese. You will have a passion to see the Church of England flourish and therefore be ready to tackle this sensitive area of change with resilience and tenacity. This is not a straight forward job, but for the right person will make full use of interpersonal and technical experience to deliver a worthwhile result.
You will have a track record of getting things done through calm, persistent engagement.
In terms of qualities you will be someone who:
is emotionally intelligent and self-aware
is a pragmatic strategist
knows the importance of making strong relationships
is an excellent listener
is servant-hearted, always looking for the best result for all
engages people in a non-confrontational way
uses good process to achieve progress and achieve conclusions
works to timeframes
is willing to challenge the status quo
You will facilitate and enable good decision making by the leaders of the churches in each deanery. You will provide energy, experience and clear thinking to deliver an approved deanery strategy for churches and church halls. Some key tasks within this role will be to:
Design a process of intel/data collection and subsequent consultation with a deanery. Monitor and track progress transparently for reporting to the programme team.
Build excellent relationships with key deanery leaders, gaining their trust by listening well and transparently doing what you say you will do. Assist them to define their ‘Right Buildings team’ with whom you will work to develop their strategy.
Research and analyse the current use and potential of the portfolio of churches and church halls in a deanery. This will involve listening and consultation as well own research. Identify and evidence community needs in a way that can later be communicated effectively to potential funders.
Prepare strategy options for leaders to consider; through discussion refine into a strategy proposal. Proposals are likely to include maximizing use of some buildings, shared use/repurposing and sale. Where change of building use/reordering is proposed, prepare a realistic budget for the strategy. Where shared use is proposed broker in-principle agreements with partners (local authorities, businesses, stakeholders).
Facilitate the process of approval of the strategy by the deanery.
Following approval ensure any closure information is passed to the Assistant Diocesan Secretary / Bishops Planning Officer team for action.
Prepare detailed scoping documents for each building/site change of use/reordering and gain deanery leaders approval (include broad funding strategies). Pass approved documents to Assistant Diocesan Secretary / Buildings Project Manager / Fundraiser for implementation.
The post-holder will work closely with: Local church leaders (lay and ordained), change facilitators and the transformation manager.
Relevant degree or professional qualification.
A proven record of business/enterprise leadership and successful development
The ability to manage and interpret complex information and to offer sound, reliable, professional advice.
Proven ability to encourage the participation of others in collaborative business/voluntary sector projects.
A willingness to listen to the local church and communities.
Excellent time management, with the ability to organise and prioritise workload to meet deadlines.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. An ability to understand different audiences and to relate to a wide range of people.
A high level of self-motivation, and an ability to motivate others.
A person of integrity who can keep absolute confidentiality.
Ability to take responsibility to ensure tasks are completed.
Ability to build good relationships and maintain them while being persistent to ensure that the work gets done.
A proven problem solver with resilience and flexibility.
Good IT skills.
The post holder must be in sympathy with the aims and ethos of the Church of England and committed to the vision and values of the Diocese of Liverpool.
A commitment to the 2030 Net Zero Carbon commitment of the Diocese.
Clear understanding of the church’s commitment to diversity.
Experience in overseeing successful (large scale/heritage) funding applications
Experience of managing other people, especially volunteers
A member of the Church of England.
Experience of belonging to a faith community.
Experience of working in a Church context.
Experience of the legal complexities of managing Church buildings.
Knowledge and appreciation of heritage issues.
Knowledge of the structures and organisation of the Church of England.
As a diocese we are on a trajectory, first defined in Bishop Paul’s paper ‘Fit for Mission’ (endorsed by Diocesan Synod and Bishop’s Council 2014) to have accountable, dynamic and missional leadership teams in every deanery. Bishops and Archdeacons are leading us forward to work more collaboratively across deanery-scale geography and to focus more time on four priority areas: introducing people to Jesus, deepening discipleship, developing Christian leaders and working for justice.
Our Fit for Mission 2 programme will help us develop a stronger discipleship culture, train and release lay leaders as well as plant more diverse worshipping communities. To facilitate this we will aim to rationalise structures and buildings.