Assistant Director of Vocations

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Warrington
Volunteer

Applications are invited for the position of Assistant Diocesan Director of Vocations in the diocese of Chester.

This is a voluntary post, envisaged to require a time commitment of approximately 1 day per month across the year, (though this will vary throughout the year, especially linked to specific events such as Called to Serve). The role is open to ordained and lay applicants and is initially for a term of 2 years.

Please Note: Applications should be made through the diocesan website not pathways.

The role description, background paper and application form can be downloaded from the Diocesan website: https://www.chester.anglican.org/support-services/job-vacancies/other-vacancies/

Completed application forms should be returned to Mrs E A Geddes, Diocesan Director of Human Resources, by email liz.geddes@chester.anglican.org

Closing date: Sunday 5th December 2021

Interviews: week commencing 13th December 2021

Informal conversations with Canon Sarah Fenby are welcomed: sarah.fenby@chester.anglican.org

An Occupational Requirement exists for the postholder to be a practising Christian in accordance with the Equality Act, 2010.

Post subject to enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Disclosure.

The role of Assistant Diocesan Director of Vocations will be located within the vocations team that sits within the work of the Committee for Ministry. The main relationship and reporting is to the Director of Vocations, working as an officer of the Committee for Ministry.

As a voluntary position, there is no remuneration for the role but travelling, training and other expenses incurred in carrying out the role would be reimbursed.

The suitable candidate will be committed to and experienced in discerning and encouraging the calling of all God’s people to a variety of ministries, lay and ordained, in the church and in the world. They will work with the Diocesan Director of Vocations and the wider vocations and ministry team on growing a culture of vocation across the Diocese, with a particular focus on the annual “Called to Serve” vocations event and the team of Deanery Vocations Listeners’ work of helping people to explore their calling and ministry.

Overall Purpose of the Post

To work with the Diocesan Director of Vocations and the wider vocations and ministry team on growing a culture of vocation across the Diocese, with a particular focus on general vocations events and the team of Deanery Vocations Listeners’ work of helping people to explore their calling and ministry. The suitable candidate will be committed to and experienced in discerning and encouraging the calling of all God’s people to a variety of ministries, lay and ordained, in the church and in the world.

Principal Duties

Work with the Director of Vocations and the wider vocations team on:-

  1. Developing the general “front end” vocations work of encouraging the vocation of all God’s people to a variety of ministries
  2. Planning and running the annual “Called to Serve” vocations event
  3. Offering resources and events to parishes, deaneries and diocesan programmes on growing a culture of vocation
  4. Providing resourcing, support and training for the team of Deanery Vocations Listeners (including serving as a Vocations Listener)
  5. Working with colleagues to grow the diversity of those exploring their calling, in areas including young vocations, ethnicity, disability and social background
  6. Being an active member of the Committee for Ministry and other relevant teams, including the ADDO team
  7. Working collaboratively and in consultation with colleagues across the Ministry team and other diocesan departments
  8. Co-ordinatiing with colleagues on specific areas such as the discernment processes and training for licensed lay ministry and diocesan programmes such as Foundations for Ministry, EveryDay Faith and Growing Faith
  9. Working within the Diocesan guidelines for safeguarding.
  10. Attending relevant training as required.

An Occupational Requirement exists for the postholder to be a practising Christian in accordance with the Equality Act, 2010.

Post subject to enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Disclosure.

The suitable candidate will have a demonstrable interest in growing vocations to a variety of different areas of ministry in the church and the world and be able to evidence relevant experience. They will have an understanding of the safeguarding policies of the diocese of Chester, as well as the range of available ministries and areas of calling. The ability to handle confidential information is essential.

ABOUT US

The work of the Chester Diocesan Board of Finance (DBF) is operated from within Church House and is located at Daresbury Park, Warrington.

The DBF is the body which oversees the central financial and administrative work of the Diocese of Chester, provides support, teaching and trained personnel to advance the mission and ministry of the parishes within the Church of England Diocese of Chester, and the mission and ministries of the bishops of the Diocese.

The DBF is part of the Church of England, the established Church of the land, which proclaims Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, and aims to proclaim the Kingdom of God in an open way to all people, of all races, cultures and backgrounds.

For many posts within the Diocese those who are not members of the Church of England are welcome to apply. We respect their right to express different religious and philosophical opinions but require them, as employees of the Diocese, to respect our ethos as an Anglican Christian organisation and not to undermine it. These posts will require the post-holders to be in sympathy with the aims and objectives of the Church of England.

Some posts may include an Occupational Requirement for the post holder to be a practising Christian in accordance with the Equality Act, 2010. Where this applies the recruitment documentation will state this.

The Diocese of Chester is in the province of York in the Church of England, part of the global Anglican Communion. For more information about our life, ministry and work please visit our website www.chester.anglican.org We are linked with the Anglican Church of Melanesia in the Solomon Islands and the Dioceses of Aru and Boga in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Diocese covers an area of 1025 square miles, approximately the old Victorian County of Chester, including parts which subsequently became absorbed into Merseyside and Greater Manchester. The Rivers Mersey and Tame approximately delineate the boundary with Liverpool and Manchester. There are areas of dense urban population, mainly in the north, stretching from Birkenhead to East Manchester. There are prosperous suburban regions of West and South Wirral, Chester and south of Manchester, with a mainly rural heartland, bounded by the Derbyshire Pennines and the Welsh Border. The overall population is around 1.6 million.

The diocesan bishop is Mark Tanner. He is supported by two suffragan bishops: the Bishop of Birkenhead, Julie Conalty and the of Bishop of Stockport, Sam Corley.

The Cathedral for the Diocese is in Chester.

The Diocese is divided into two archdeaconries: Chester covering the western half and Macclesfield the eastern, each with nine deaneries. There are 273 parishes, about 100 of which can be described as rural. Compared with many dioceses, there are few teams, and few multi-parish benefices. There are approximately 231 stipendiary clergy. The ministry of Readers and Pastoral Workers is important, with over 400 licensed. The role of self-supporting ministers is increasing, with over 80 in post at present.

Roughly speaking, the Archdeaconry of Macclesfield covers that part of the diocese to the east of the M6, plus the area around Crewe and Nantwich. The Archdeaconry of Chester covers the rest of the diocese to the west of the M6. Each archdeaconry has a broad mix of urban and rural parishes. The Archdeacon of Chester lives in Chester, and the Archdeacon of Macclesfield lives in Congleton. Both now work from Church House, Daresbury.