Pastoral Secretary

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32,100 fte

Main responsibilities include.

Oversee all Pastoral Schemes within the Diocese of Blackburn.

Draw up proposals for pastoral reorganisation in the light of requests from deaneries and parishes and guidance from the Archdeacons, Registrar and Diocesan Secretary.

Provide advice and support to the Bishops, Archdeacons, Deaneries, and Parishes in all matters relating to pastoral reorganisation. This may include attending local consultations and the delivery of workshops.

Co-ordinate the implementation of the work of the Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Committee including the drafting of pastoral schemes and orders.

Co-ordinate consultation with interested parties concerning proposed pastoral schemes, including serving copies of draft pastoral schemes to interested parties. To enable fully the formal consultation procedures laid down in the Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 and the related Code of Practice.

Arrange for the submission to the Church Commissioners of the necessary documentation to accompany proposals for pastoral re-organisation.

Maintain an accurate list of suspensions of presentation and ensure that suspensions are reviewed by the expiration date.

Produce digital maps for parishes and other purposes when needed.

Ensure the Smooth Running of the DMPC

Prepare the agenda, papers and minutes for the DMPC.

Liaise with Property and Finance Departments in relation to matters on DMPC agenda with property and/or finance implications for the diocese.

Draft the annual report of the Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Committee to the Diocesan Synod.

Closed Churches

Oversee the work on closed churches including pastoral schemes for church buildings closed for regular public worship in liaison with colleagues in the Property Department, the Finance Department and in the Church Commissioners’ Pastoral Division.

Act as Secretary to the Closed Churches Committee including preparing and issuing agendas, papers and minutes, in consultation with the Chair.

Provide advice and support to the Bishops, Archdeacons, Deaneries, and Parishes in all matters relating to closed churches.

Work with the Church Commissioners, the diocese’s professional advisers and other relevant parties to facilitate the use seeking process for churches closed for regular public worship.

Work with the Church Commissioners, to liaise with the Diocese’s agents in the marketing of closed churches and supplying information to prospective purchasers.

Liaise and consult with the Church Commissioners concerning church closure and the disposal of closed churches.

Ensure that insurance cover is in place and appropriate.

Arrange for essential maintenance work to be carried out on closed churches to ensure that they are maintained in a wind and watertight condition.

Diocesan Furnishing Officer

Enable the storage, re-location and disposal, if appropriate, of surplus church furnishings.

Diocesan Missional and Financial Flourishing Exercise

The Pastoral Secretary will support the Director of Vision Delivery with the Missional and Financial Flourishing Exercise which may involve arranging and minuting meetings, liaison with deanery and parish representatives, support with the drawing up of plans.

We are looking for somebody with the following skills and experience.

Knowledge and Experience

Educated to degree level or equivalent.

Evidence of working with very complex legal requirements. The postholder will be expected to have, or quickly acquire, a working knowledge of relevant legislation. Detailed professional advice and assistance is available from the Diocesan Registrar, and from the specialist members of each of the Boards and Committees.

Ability to interpret and work with Church and Government legislation as appropriate.

Demonstrable experience of being able to see possibilities and be creative within legal frameworks.

Proven ability to think strategically and contribute to the development of policy and planning.

Experience of Committee work, including the preparation of agendas, minutes, and presentation of papers both orally and in writing.

Evidence of ability to influence, through effective communication, negotiation, professionalism, and development of trust.

Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal

Good IT skills, in particular with Microsoft 365

Knowledge of the relevant legislation and structures of the Church of England

Experience of running training workshop events


Empathy with the aims and mission of the Church of England.

Interest and commitment to the missional development of the Church – its deaneries and parishes

Attention to detail and thoroughness in all aspects of work.

The ability and initiative to work on and progress different complex work areas and projects at the same time, with a minimum of supervision.

Interpersonal and diplomatic skills with the ability to deal with people at all levels.

A problem solver: ability to identify solutions to complex missional and legal challenges and opportunities.

Blackburn Diocese is approaching its 100th anniversary having been founded on the 12 December 1926 and serves almost the whole of the county of Lancashire with a population of 1.3 million. It is divided into 14 Deaneries and two Archdeaconries (Blackburn and Lancaster). The Diocese covers an area of extraordinary variety, from the stunning countryside of the Trough of Bowland to the former mill towns of East Lancashire, from the University cities of Preston and Lancaster to the seaside towns of Blackpool and Morecambe. We have Parishes of all traditions and are strongly committed to the principle of mutual flourishing.

The role will report to the Director of Vision Delivery on a day-to-day basis. They will work closely with the Chair of the DMPC, the Archdeacon of Lancaster, the Archdeacon of Blackburn, the Diocesan Secretary and the Diocesan Registry.

Please see the job description and person specification attached for full details on the role.

Salary £19,262 for 21 hours over 3 or 4 shifts per week

Diversity - The Board of Finance believes that diversity enables us to thrive and develop and is committed to race equality, welcoming applications from UK Minority Ethnic backgrounds

The Board of Finance is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. All post holders and volunteers are expected to share this commitment

Closing date: 1 February 2022

Interview date: 16 February 2022

All interviews will take place at Clayton House, Blackburn

For an informal conversation about this post, please contact Carolyn Barton at