New Parish Change Facilitator (x2)

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St James House, 20 St James Road
£15,000 - £17,500 (£30,000-£35,000 FTE)


Part time 17.5 hours per week – two posts available

Fixed term for 6 years

Salary: £15-£17,500 pa. Salary dependent on experience.

Closing date: 17th January 2022

Interview date: January 2022

Start date: March 2022

Accountable to: Diocesan Programme Manager

This vacancy is subject to securing funding. A decision on this is imminent.

12.5 days holiday per year

EAP scheme

Non-contributory pension scheme (AVC's may be made)

Free on-site parking at the office

The successful candidate will require their own transport with expensed travel to off-site meetings.

For an informal chat for further information, please contact Richard Gedge

The Diocese of Liverpool is embarking on a Strategic Transformation Programme, a six-year step change initiative, encouraged by and in partnership with 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 a programme of missional transformation in a deanery. You will be part of the Fit for Mission 2 programme delivery team with whom you will meet weekly for coordination and problem solving. The majority of the remainder of your time will be spent with deanery leaders.

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 change facilitator 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 the big issues that face the church at grass roots level. 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 the best results through calm, persistent engagement.

In terms of qualities you will be someone who:

  • is emotionally intelligent and self-aware
  • is resilient and tenacious
  • is pragmatic and able to find ways through complex situations
  • 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
  • has a test and learn mentality
  • is good at organisation and prioritisation

You will facilitate and enable good decision making by the leaders of the churches in each deanery. You will provide energy, experience and process thinking to guide the team through a two-year intensive change period which includes leadership team development, discipleship culture development, lay leadership development, addressing buildings and pastoral reorganization. Some key tasks within this role will be to:

  • Facilitate the work of the deanery navigation team – four lay and four clergy tasked with navigating and coordinating the transformation and various portfolio teams. You will attend all their weekly meetings and ensure that decisions and progress are transparent to the wider team.
  • Ensure change portfolio teams and ministry portfolio teams meet regularly and that their leads regularly attend the navigation team for progress and coordination purposes. Attend some portfolio team meetings to assist with coordination.
  • Build excellent relationships with key deanery leaders, gaining their trust by listening well and transparently doing what you say you will do.
  • Be the main connection point for the deanery with the FFM2 programme team. As part of the delivery team you will work closely with the Transformation manager on progress and planning, ensuring that remedial action is taken as needed. Through your liaison with the Transformation manager specialist diocesan support can be made available to suit the needs of each deanery (coaching, right buildings strategy, core services development etc.).
  • Ensure that measurement data flows back to the FFM2 programme team such that progress and effectiveness can be monitored.
  • Ensure that communications are effective both within each deanery and back to the comms team. Ensure remedial action is taken as needed.
  • Facilitate by preparing strategy options for deanery leaders as required.
  • Facilitate cross-fertilisation of ideas and learning by documentation and communicating.

The post-holder will work closely with: Local church leaders (lay and ordained), the transformation manager and the comms team.

Essential Requirements

  • Relevant degree or professional qualification.
  • A proven record of facilitation and change leadership
  • The ability to receive and interpret complex information and to offer sound advice to navigate to a good outcome
  • 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.
  • A commitment 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.

Desirable Requirements

  • Experience of managing other people, especially volunteers
  • Professional facilitation qualification
  • A member of the Church of England.
  • Experience of belonging to a faith community.
  • Experience of working in a Church context.
  • 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.