Director of Ministry

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The Diocese of London seeks to appoint a Director of Ministry to work with the Bishops and other colleagues on our People and Diversity Strategy as part of our 2030 Vision. Building on the considerable contribution of the Revd Preb Neil Evans, the task is to continue to expand the ministry of the Diocese. You will be tasked with expanding and enhancing the well-tried and inherited patterns to include a diverse approach to ministry and mission that will fulfil our aim for every Londoner to encounter the love of God in Christ, and to pursue our three ambitions to create confident disciples, resource compassionate communities and to enable creative growth.

This is a vital role as we face the future and discern what resurrection might look like beyond the pandemic. Parochial Ministry is the bedrock of what we do, but alongside it, we are committed to the development of Mixed Ecology Church, working within the parameters set by our Models of Church and Models of Ministry strategy.

There is a genuine occupational requirement that the post-holder be a practising Christian.

Your main responsibilities will be to:

  • Work with the Bishops as we listen to the missional needs, gifts, fragilities, and strengths of our parishes, and develop patterns of ministry that discern the work of the Holy Spirit and enable an appropriate contextual response in our People & Diversity Strategy.
  • Enable the delivery of ministry that is informed by and supports our 2030 Vision.
  • Enable the delivery of ministry that is appropriately shaped in response to the needs of the Diocese and the agenda and direction of the National Church.
  • Build and nurture a Ministry Team that has clarity of purpose.

The Diocese of London has 200 Ordinands in training, 140 curates in POT (IME 2), 700 licensed clergy, 350 lay ministers - the size and scope of the task is therefore considerable.

Working with the London College of Bishops, you will develop and implement a vision of ministry that is focussed on the equipping and enabling of the whole people of God to be salt and light for the world, and a strategy to deliver that vision.

You will act as a driver for culture change across the Diocese and its parishes, seeking to find ways to communicate, embody and embed reimagined forms of ministry, and to ensure the discernment, nurture and formation of a diverse range of ministers with the qualities needed for the future.

Your role involves the oversight of the Diocesan Ministry team whose five portfolios cover:

  • DDO & Vocations Work
  • Lay Ministry, Leadership and Discipleship
  • Post Ordination Training (IME 2)
  • Continuing Ministerial Education and Ministerial Development Review
  • Clergy Wellbeing and Support

The work of this team has increased and changed significantly over the past few years. Central to your role will be monitoring and managing demands and using your skills to innovate and adapt. “Business as usual” is not an option – though the team will of course continue to deliver their existing specialisms that support and develop ministry as they have always done.

You will be responsible for

  • The oversight and line management of the Diocesan Ministry team of 11 people
  • Oversight of the Ministry Budget (with the DDO & Vocations postholder)
  • Leading on all aspects of the People & Diversity Strategy, including engaging with disability, racial justice, women, children, and youth
  • Liaison with the National Ministry Team
  • Relating to Theological Education Institutions, particularly at St Mellitus College, as well as at St Augustine’s and Oak Hill Colleges
  • Liaison with the Gregory Centre for Church Multiplication (CCX)
  • Specific tasks – including leadership training, training for Area Deans, MDR for Senior Posts, clergy induction training, intern programmes

Key Challenges of the role

  • Helping to lead change in the models of ministry in London
  • Identifying and encouraging those called to ordained and lay ministries, including working to increase their diversity and number
  • Embedding the new discernment framework
  • Encouraging new forms of ministries
  • Ensuring that the discernment, initial and ongoing formation of those in lay ministry is effective, flexible, and contextually appropriate
  • Developing a vision of lifelong vocational discernment and lifelong learning for the clergy that enables the church to develop leadership at every level that is pastoral, collaborative, adaptive, relational, and missional that enables clergy to be flexible in their roles as models of ministry change over time.

You will be a practising Christian, lay or ordained, well-resourced, and rooted in a mature and secure relationship with God in Jesus Christ.

You will be someone who:

  • Is able to speak of their own vocation and formation within the Church and who is visibly committed to their own journey of discernment, growing in life and faith.
  • Is a competent theologian and reflective practitioner
  • Is able to work with and inhabit the rich diversity of contexts and traditions in the Diocese
  • Is able to write for a range of audiences, including providing formal papers and reports for discussion in a timely fashion.
  • Is an excellent change manager who can see a new future and take people on that journey.
  • Is able to work well with multiple senior leaders and specifically seven bishops and six archdeacons
  • Possesses credibility, authority, and political aptitude to work with, encourage, inspire and challenge
  • Demonstrates commitment to and understanding of the purpose of ministry and its consequent expression in diverse ministries of the Church of England and to the discipleship of the whole people of God.
  • Is committed to greater diversity among those called to public ministry and willing to work imaginatively and proactively for greater inclusion.
  • Exhibits intellectual curiosity with a commitment to independent thought and continual engagement with new ideas
  • Has a demonstrable ability to maintain a focus on vision with an awareness of multiple external viewpoints and the self-assurance to explore a wide variety of possible options.
  • Has the capability to manage a significant workload with both strategic and operational elements, being able to prioritise, project manage and delegate.
  • Is resilient, with the emotional intelligence both to manage themselves and others in situations of stress and under pressure.
  • Is a good communicator who can embody the creativity and imagination needed for the task.

The Director of Ministry is a member of the Bishop of London’s Senior Staff and the Joint Operations Team. Your reporting line is to the Bishop of Willesden, who holds the ministry portfolio within the Senior Staff.

The post is open to both clergy and lay applicants.

Accompanying Documents:

2030 Vision Document

People & Diversity Strategy

Models of Church and Models of Ministry

Ministry Team Structure Diagram

The LDF exists to support the mission of the Church of England in London. The principal activity of the London Diocesan Fund is to operationally and practically serve and support the parishes and people within the Diocese of London, enabling the vision that every Londoner will encounter the love of God in Jesus Christ.