Officer for Ministerial Learning and Development

Posted 11 days agoExpires in 17 days

The Diocese of Lichfield is seeking to appoint a full time Officer to take our development programs to the next level.

The new officer will be passionate about teaching and learning for all God’s people and will have oversight of diocesan training, including Reader Training, Continuing Ministerial Development for lay and ordained and other forms of training for Lay Ministry. We are praying for someone who will creatively develop our training provision in collaboration with the Vocations and Training team.

The main responsibilities are:

  • To oversee the training provision in the diocese.
  • ​To oversee and participate in the Diocesan Reader Training programme including liaison with our delivery partner, the Queens Foundation.
  • To co-ordinate and contribute to the CMD programme.
  • To oversee and participate in the delivery of other lay ministry training courses, including Pathways and Living Discipleship.
  • To develop training as appropriate and in particular responding to the changing times and the needs of lay and ordained ministers.

The successful applicant will be a passionate advocate for lifelong learning and the development of lay vocations and ministry in the life of the Church. They will be a licensed minister within the church (lay or ordained) and ideally will have a masters level degree (or higher) and 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.

Lichfield Diocese is eager to be representative of the diverse communities it serves. Applications for this position are therefore particularly welcomed from under-represented groups.

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

Enquiries: Rev Dr Jeanette Hartwell

Closing date: 8th June 2022

Interviews: w/b 13th June 2022