Lay Ministry Development Officer (0.5)

Posted 15 days agoExpires in 1 month

The Diocese of Lichfield is seeking to appoint a part time Lay Ministry Development Officer to have oversight of the current provision of Reader Training and other forms of training for Lay Ministry, and to develop lay ministry training in the diocese in collaboration with the Vocations and Training team.

The main responsibilities are:

  • To oversee and participate in the Diocesan Reader Training programme including liaison with our delivery partner, the Queens Foundation.
  • To oversee and participate in the delivery of other lay ministry training courses, including Pathways and Living Discipleship.
  • To develop the provision for lay ministry training and support in the diocese, responding to the changing needs of parishes, chaplaincies, schools and fresh expressions.

The successful applicant will be a passionate advocate for the development of lay vocations and ministry and demonstrate a commitment to the diocesan priorities of Discipleship, Vocation and Evangelism. They will hold a formally recognised ministry within the church (lay or ordained) and, along with a masters level degree (or higher) in Theology will have proven ability in teaching both on-line and on-site. An ability and willingness to travel around the diocese and to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends and occasional overnights is essential.

About the Diocese

Lichfield Diocese is one of the most diverse dioceses in the country. Rolling countryside and vibrant inner-city life nestle together in a region that takes in Staffordshire, the Potteries of Stoke-on-Trent, most of Shropshire and bustling Black Country centres including Walsall and Wolverhampton. The only thing we don’t have is the sea!

Our shared diocesan vision extends an invitation to all to “Come follow Christ in the footsteps of St Chad”.

As we follow Christ in the footsteps of St Chad, we pray that the two million people in our diocese encounter a church that is confident in the gospel, knows and loves its communities, and is excited to find God at work already in the world. We pray for a church that reflects the richness and variety of those communities and partners with others in seeking the common good, working for justice as a people of hope.

Further information about the Diocese is available at
and the Vocations and Training team at

Enquiries: Revd Dr Jeanette Hartwell

Closing date: 5th January 2022

Interviews: 13th January 2022