Generous Giving Advisor

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London Bridge
£32000 - £34000

Are you excited by God’s generosity, His love and provision in our lives? Would you like to encourage and equip parishes to resource their mission so that they can share the good news of God’s love and transform their communities? Do you have the skills, enthusiasm and creativity to engage with people across our diverse Diocese and help them reflect upon gratitude, generosity and giving? Would you enjoy inspiring people to support their churches and explore new forms of giving in our digital age? Would you like to join us, be willing to learn and work with us as we seek to be a Diocese that is Christ-centred and outward focused? If so, please read on.

This is an exciting opportunity to work as our Generous Giving Advisor, part-funded by the Church of England Giving Advisor Fund. You will work with the Director of Giving, and many colleagues, to promote and develop a culture of generosity, encourage increased personal and congregational giving and offer resources and support to congregations to help grow the Kingdom of God through the Southwark Vision.

Encouraging generous giving

  • As part of the Giving Team, to continue to build a culture and deeper understanding of generous giving on a personal and congregational level.
  • To inspire giving and strengthen discipleship by encouraging the recognition of the principles underpinning Christian giving and the Parish Support Fund which include generosity and proportionality. To speak on Christian giving and generosity in parishes and deaneries, both in worship and other gatherings.

Promoting new methods of giving

  • Southwark Diocese launched the Parish Giving Scheme one year ago and have already exceeded our first year target of 15% of parishes registered within one year. You will work with the Director of Giving to embed the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS)
  • Work strategically and practically to maximise the promotion of online and digital giving.

Parish Share

  • Promote the principles of the Parish Support Fund, support the production of communications material and encourage generous but realistic pledges from across the Diocese, through the parish share system and working closely with parishes.

Communication, training and support

  • To build good working relationships with clergy and lay people throughout the differing church traditions in the Diocese.
  • To be responsible for updating our website’s giving pages and helping with regular social media and parish communications.
  • To promote giving through Gift Aid so that parishes can maximise their income, offering support and parish training where necessary.
  • To signpost parish officers to legacy good practice and resources, accounting and budgeting support and funding sources for specific projects, including working closely with colleagues across other departments.
  • To maintain links with the Regional and National Stewardship Network and other organisations.

We are looking for someone who enjoys communicating with a variety of people, and can do so in a clear and lively manner, both in writing and verbally. A desire to serve our churches in the Diocese, to enable their mission and ministry is essential, with a good understanding of, and a commitment to the promotion of, the principles and practice of Christian generosity.

You should have the ability to develop good working relationships, sensitively and tactfully, with representatives of the churches within the Diocese, regardless of their church traditions. You will need to be an active, worshipping member of the Church of England, or a church in communion with it.

You should enjoy and be confident in working with figures, and have proven experience in Excel for data collection, and using the data for reports. Working in a small team, you should be self-motivated, able to work both independently and collaboratively with others.

You should be happy to be flexible and attend some evening and weekend meetings or services but you will be compensated for this with time-off in lieu. We also offer some flexibility regarding the normal hours of your working day to support your work life balance

The Diocese of Southwark, founded in 1905, forms part of the Province of Canterbury in England and is part of the wider Church of England, in turn part of the worldwide Anglican Communion. The Diocese covers primarily the area of Greater London, which is south of the Thames, together with the eastern part of the county of Surrey. It is one of the largest dioceses in terms of population and parishes as well as one of the most diverse.The Diocese covers fifteen Local Planning Authorities (in part or wholly).

The Diocese seeks to be a Christian presence and to share the Christian faith in each of its parishes through the mission and ministry of its clergy, congregations, schools and chaplaincies and works to promote the common good, with a particular concern for those most in need.

The priorities of the Diocese are to release gifts, renew vocations and deepen people’s life of faith. We aim to do so by effective stewardship of our resources, by collaborative team working, by respect for all and transparent accountability.