Church Planting and Parish Revitalisation – A Missioner for the North

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Hybrid - Bishopthorpe Palace and flexible/remote working (open to discussion).
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£54,529 rising to £58,633 per year (after probation).

This new and exciting role has been funded by a successful Strategic Development Fund (SDF) bid to help revitalise parishes and plant new churches across the Northern Province, with a particular emphasis on our most deprived communities and the Church becoming younger and more diverse.

The Church of England’s vocation has always been to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ afresh in each generation to and with the people of England. In our vision for the 2020s, we speak about this as being a Christ-centred Church, which is about our spiritual and theological renewal, particularly seeing the five marks of mission as signs and markers of what a Jesus-Christshaped life might look like. It is therefore a vision of how we are shaped by Christ in order to bring God’s transformation to the world.

The specific strategic priorities which flow from the vision are:

  1. To become a church of missionary disciples
  2. To become a church where mixed ecology is the norm
  3. To become younger and more diverse

This role will focus on the second of these strategic priorities – to become a church where mixed ecology is the norm, supporting dioceses in the North to deliver this vision and revitalise parishes and plant new communities.

Mixed ecology reflects the nature of Jesus’ humanity and mission. It is contextual, ensuring churches, parishes, and dioceses are forming new congregations with and for newer and ever more diverse communities of people. It is about taking care of the whole ecosystem of the Church and not imagining one size can ever fit all.

Mixed ecology is about how the Church of England will fulfil its historic vocation to be the Church for everyone, by encouraging a mixed ecology of Church through a revitalised parish system, chaplaincies, the digital world, fresh expressions as well as church planting.

Does this work excite you? Can you see yourself helping support and deliver a mixed ecology church across the Northern Province? If so, this might be the next role for you.

This role is offered on a fixed 4 year term. Flexible and home working is offered and open to discussion.

We would welcome applicants from any Christian background and/or a variety of Christian life experiences. This post carries an occupational requirement to be a practising Christian (in accordance with the Equality Act 2010).

To arrange an informal conversation about the role and working arrangements, please contact office@archbishopofyork.org

Interviews will be held on the 18th October in person, at Bishopthorpe Palace.

The Church of England is for everyone and we want to reflect the diversity of the community the Church serves across the whole country. This is a priority for the Archbishops. Therefore, while of course we welcome all applications from interested and suitably experienced people, we particularly welcome applicants from UK Minority Ethnic backgrounds and people with disabilities.

We also invite interest from those with excellent experience in a number of areas that may not meet every criteria.

We offer a unique environment with opportunities for continuous learning, generous annual leave for work life balance, season ticket loans and a range of benefits including discounted entry to attractions and what we feel is a market leading package when it comes to our pension scheme.

The Role

Year 1 (key structural factors for success)

  • Working with Bishops and their Leadership Teams across the dioceses in the North of England to understand the strategic direction each are taking with their missional priorities.
  • Working with TEIs in the Northern Province helping deliver and facilitate an awareness of mixed ecology, inspiring a new generation of ordinands and church leaders who are confident and equipped to be church planters, pioneers and evangelists.
  • Preparing an outline strategy for Phase Two of the work (aiming to launch after a year), which will consist of an ambitious, achievable strategy which would support step-change in church planting across the province with clearly identified strategic milestones and key objectives.
  • Assisting Bishops’ Offices and their teams in collecting both qualitative and quantitative examples of evangelistic and disciple-making initiatives, particularly around mixed-ecology and church planting.
  • Supporting dioceses as they consider how mixed ecology could form part of their DNA, reflecting on what is already happening but also encouraging prayerful discernment for new opportunities.
  • Bringing together learning communities across church traditions including both lay and ordained which will be used both as a tool for sharing good practice and training but also offering peer to peer support.
  • Facilitate a culture of unprecedented cooperation and ‘buy-in’ between all stakeholders.
  • Work with the Archbishop of York’s team to support the Archbishop’s priority focusing on missionary journeys across the Province.
  • Building support and utilising expertise from existing church mission agencies and initiatives, ecumenical partners, established church networks, TEIs and teams across the National Church Institutions whilst acting as an advocate for the work in the Northern Province, particularly the Estates Evangelism Network.
  • Working with the Bishop of Maidstone and the Bishop of Beverley, to reach and support all church traditions across the Northern Province in this exciting work.

Years 2-4 (implementation of key objectives)

Continuing to build on the work from year one with the additional responsibilities,

  • Supporting the effective pipelines for lay and ordained church planters in our parishes, with a particular emphasis on widening the engagement of church traditions, serving under-resourced communities and encourage full diversity of vocations amongst this group, including gender and ethnicity.
  • Help form a Northern Church Planting Enabling Team in partnership with key stakeholders to bring about a step change in church planting across the province, whilst offering deeper reflection and commissioning and undertaking empirical research and theological reflection.
  • Ensure the work of this project is appropriately staffed for operational support and also operating with effective accountability and governance.
  • Build a culture across the dioceses where pioneering leadership is front and centre.
  • Developing a support network to pray for the work around Church Planting in the Northern Province.
  • To form a reference group to support, encourage, comment, and critique the work taking place.
  • Willingness to speak at engagements encouraging parishes and benefices in their plans and being a critical friend.
  • Helping realise the work of mixed ecology in all contexts – rural, urban, suburban, market towns and coastal towns, making full use of existing relationships such as the National Rural Officer, the Estates Evangelism Task Group, the Urban Churches Alliance, LyCiG and Northern Missioner networks.
  • Secure funding for further work in this area for the future.

General

  • Ensuring excellent communication with key stakeholders across the Northern Province is constantly maintained.
  • Be a voice which both challenges and critiques but also supports and encourages.
  • Track progress against key objectives and be robust in reporting on both the positives and negatives of ministry being undertaken across the Northern Province.
  • Holding and reflecting the big missional picture across the Northern Province and offering examples of best practice with key stakeholders.

Knowledge/Experience:

  • Significant experience in leading parishes, ministries, regions in growth and involvement in church planting.
  • A pastoral heart and desire to see the gospel reach every community across the Northern Province.
  • Grounded in worship and prayer.
  • A solid understanding of the various networks already in existence across the church.
  • Delivering culture change by influence.
  • A strategic thinker with proven experience of turning vision to implementation. This includes leading processes on stakeholder consulting and engagements.
  • Working across church traditions and their theological understandings.
  • Evidence of building high-value relationships with a range of partners.
  • Personal knowledge, advocacy and passion for whole-life discipleship and lay Christian vocation.
  • Evidence of significant theological understanding.
  • An understanding of the work of Vision and Strategy.
  • In depth awareness of developments in church planting nationally and internationally with a capacity to engage in discussions around the theology and desirability of church planting in a contextual way.
  • We would welcome applicants from any Christian background and a variety of Christian life experiences. This post carries an occupational requirement to be a practising Christian (in accordance with the Equality Act 2010).

Skills:

  • The skills of an encouraging diplomat to help open doors for growth and evangelism.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and facilitate co-operation.
  • Ability to translate abstract ideas and aspirations and understand how they fit the local context.
  • Ability to enthuse and encourage.
  • Ability to communicate at all levels across the Church of England.
  • Ability to work with existing networks and build new ones.
  • Energy, ability to work under pressure and to cope with a number of simultaneous demands.
  • Understanding of the dynamics of interpersonal relationships.
  • Well-organised and clear thinking; able to respond swiftly to a challenge.
  • Flexible and adaptable.
  • Proven experience of effective future planning and delivery of large-scale projects.

Personal Attributes:

  • Sensitivity to and appreciation of the breadth of churchmanship and traditions found in the Church of England.
  • A willing heart and a desire to see Kingdom growth.

Circumstances:

  • Able to travel across the Northern Province.
  • This role is offered on a fixed 4 year term and is open to both laity and clergy.
  • Flexible and home working is offered and open to discussion.

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