Director of Mission and Ministry

Posted 25 days agoExpires in 7 days
Competitive Salary

The Bishop of Exeter and the Diocesan Secretary are seeking an imaginative and theologically gifted priest with excellent communication skills and proven strategic ability to appoint as Director of Mission & Ministry. The Department of Mission and Ministry draws together all that we hope to be as the Church of England in Devon. Its remit encompasses evangelism, vocations, training, discipleship, leadership, stewardship, and promoting a loving outward-facing service to those in our communities.

The person appointed will be adept at responding to the extraordinary mix of challenges and opportunities that are emerging in today’s church, both urban and rural. She/he will have a heart for mission, be committed to fostering spiritual and numerical growth, and be able to relate confidently and comfortably across the spectrum of church traditions in the Diocese. She/he must be personable, pastoral, prayerfully centred, strategic and instinctively collaborative in their approach.

The Diocese is aware that women and those from black and minority ethnic groups are currently under-represented amongst its clergy and welcomes applications from these clergy, desiring to embody a more diverse ministry.

For more information, role description and application form, please see the documents attached.

All who follow Jesus Christ are called to mission and ministry as part of their discipleship. Mission is the overflow of our encounter with our generous God. Ministry is living out the love that we have come to know in response to the call of Jesus Christ. The Department of Mission and Ministry will draw together all that we hope to be as the Church of England in Devon. Its remit encompasses evangelism, vocations, training, discipleship, leadership, stewardship, and promoting a loving outward-facing service to those in our communities.

The Diocese of Exeter is committed to ensuring that mission communities, parishes, and ordained and licensed ministers have the confidence and imagination to engage in mission, are resourced to face the challenges of the future, and are supported in fulfilling their vision.

This role will lead and manage the Department of Mission and Ministry as it serves the Diocese in recruiting and developing vocations, training, resourcing and supporting licensed ministers, and enabling the mission and ministry of all the baptized.

The Director will:

  • Participate in national and regional consultations in order to advise the Bishop and his staff on developments arising from the National Church, and to bring to the diocese new ideas and initiatives so that it can adopt best practice.
  • Work closely with the Bishop of Exeter and the Bishop’s Diocesan Council and, in line with the diocesan vision expressed in Next Steps, to develop a strategic vision for discipleship, mission and ministry across the Diocese.
  • Oversee, in partnership with the Diocesan Director of Ordinands and Vocations Team, the recruitment and vocational development of ordinands and prospective readers.
  • As a senior priest in the Diocese, model good practice in mission and ministry by responding to invitations to speak or preach across the Diocese at Deanery Chapters and Synods, Parish Weekends and Away-days.
  • Be responsible for the leadership of the department and the proper deployment of its resources to ensure it delivers its strategic and operational plans.
  • Work collegially with Heads of Department and other Diocesan Officers whose work relates to mission and ministry, to foster and model collaboration, and ensure that development needs are analysed and met.
  • Participate in the Bishop’s Diocesan Council and Synod, Bishop’s Staff Meeting as required, and Senior Management Team meetings.

Vocations Leadership:

  • Oversee targeted opportunities for furthering social responsibility initiatives as vehicles for mission.
  • Oversee and promote Fresh Expressions and new initiatives in evangelism.
  • Encourage the wider take-up of discipleship courses in order to make new disciples.
  • Foster a culture of life-long learning for discipleship across the Diocese.

Ministry and Vocations Delivery:

  • Oversee and deliver a significant proportion of CMD, including the management of clergy/reader days, HE courses applications, mentoring schemes, and the induction of curates and new incumbents, and the training of Rural Deans.
  • Oversee in partnership with the Diocesan Director of Ordinands and Vocations Team the recruitment and vocational development of ordinands and prospective readers.
  • Oversee and shape the delivery of IME 4-7.
  • Oversee the management of Ministerial Development Review, including the recruitment and training of reviewers, ensuring in consultation with the Director of Human Resources that the needs arising from the MDR process are met.
  • Oversee the provision of coaching support for clergy including sourcing training of coaches
  • Responsible for the organisation of triennial clergy conference

Ministry Support:

  • Monitor and provide advice and guidance for clergy sabbatical plans.
  • Speak or preach across the Diocese at Deanery Chapters and Synods, Parish Weekends and Away-days.
  • Organise a variety of events including clergy conferences, curates Holy Land Pilgrimage with the bishops.
  • Deliver the First Incumbents' programme
  • Support a variety of initiatives (e.g., Facilitation of LLF provision)
  • Diocesan Contact for the Devon Faith Response Team (Major Incidents)
  • Recruit and train MDR reviewers
  • Provide training for training incumbents
  • Serve on Wellbeing panel and in collaboration with the Director of People, actively take initiatives to support clergy wellbeing including Reflective Practice Groups

Vocations Training:

  • Liaise with SWMTC, ST Mellitus SW and other training courses as required.
  • Complete and implement recommendations of the review of local TEI provision
  • Organise, resource and contribute to high quality training and formation programmes which support ministerial development in order to foster good leadership, and facilitate the effectiveness of clergy and readers in the diocese.
  • Serve on the Regional Training Partnership Board and as a trustee of SWMTC

Financial Planning and Resource Management:

  • Develop the annual budget with the Director of Finance, authorise expenditure and payment of expenses, and monitor against budget with the aid of management accounts.
  • Liaise as necessary with the Finance Team and Director of Human Resources.
  • Participate in an annual review to reflect on the outcomes of the previous year, agree objectives and establish a work plan for the forthcoming year, including highlighting any personal development needs.

Team Management:

  • Provide leadership to the Mission and Ministry team covering the following roles and others that might be developed in the future:
  • Children’s Work Adviser
  • Deliverance Ministry
  • Creation Care and Social Justice Advisor
  • Director of IME 4-7
  • Diocesan Mission Enabler
  • Reader Ministry
  • Spirituality Adviser
  • Vocations Adviser
  • Youth Work Adviser contract with Southwest Youth Ministries

Policies, Processes and Procedures:

  • Delivery of key policies for discipleship and Mission and Ministry across the diocese.
  • Work with DDO, Finance Director, Diocesan Secretary and Bishops Staff to agree Strategic Ministry Fund applications.
  • Management of grievances and disciplinary procedures within the Mission & Ministry team.

Information Management:

  • Oversee DDO monitoring, assessing, and reporting of annual vocations training numbers and analysis of annual outcomes
  • Oversee correct recording and filing of confidential discussions/ meetings during vocational discernment process and at other key stages along vocational pathway.
  • Ensure information management systems and policies are adhered to, including Social Media, GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018.


  • Ensure all diocesan Safeguarding policies and procedures are adhered to by all Mission and Ministry team and Mission and Ministry authorised volunteers.
  • Ensure all Safeguarding training and other appropriate training is undertaken by all Mission and Ministry team and Mission and Ministry authorised volunteers
  • Own safeguarding training to level C4 plus Domestic Abuse awareness training and any additional training and awareness relating to the specific sensitives and responsibilities of the role.
  • Safer Recruitment training and adherence to the Safer Recruitment policy and process.
  • Work with People Team to ensure keep up to date with safeguarding issues as they affect team area of work.

Equality and Diversity:

  • Promote diversity and inclusion in Mission and Ministry team.
  • Ensure the diocese proactively supports the principles and practices of equality of opportunity as detailed in its strategies and policies, and in accordance with its legal obligations and theological values.

It is an occupational requirement under the Equalities Act to be a practising member of the Church of England. The post holder must be an Anglican priest, already licensed and in good standing in their diocese.

Qualifications and Training


  • Theological understanding of the issues involved in ministerial education, training, and formation.
  • Ability to offer at least one area of expertise in CMD e.g., Biblical Studies, ethics, doctrine, pastoral theology, liturgy, spirituality, Christian leadership, missiology.
  • Graduate qualification in relevant discipline.


  • Post-graduate qualification



  • Experience of ministry as an incumbent.
  • Experience of parochial mission and ministry in different contexts.
  • Experience of building and leading teams, with a track record of working collaboratively.
  • Experience of effective coaching, mentoring and supervising others.
  • Financial planning, budgeting, and resource allocation.

Vocations work.

  • Skills and experience in conflict transformation and mediation.



  • Understanding of and experience in facilitating adult learning.
  • Strategic planning.
  • Excellent communication skills including presentation and preaching.
  • Competent IT skills, including the use of Microsoft Office and Outlook.


  • Advanced IT.
  • Qualified educator.
  • Experience as a coach

General Requirements


  • Welcome visitors and receive incoming enquiries and telephone calls, dealing promptly and courteously with enquires.
  • Ensure all health and safety instructions are followed and that care is taken to ensure safety for self and colleagues, reporting concerns immediately.
  • Sensitive to the different cultures, traditions and activities within the Church, and work in a way which is consistent with the Five Guiding Principles in the House of Bishops’ Declaration on the Ministry of Bishops and Priests; maintain a consistent approach to clergy and non-clergy matters.
  • Understand how the belief systems which shape the life of the Church may affect safeguarding work in the context of the Church of England.
  • Commitment to anti-discriminatory practices within the Church of England’s legal context.

Personal Requirements


  • Clerk in Holy Orders with an understanding of and passion for shared ministry and guiding others into vocation.
  • Committed to and confident in the aims and ethos of the Diocese of Exeter and of the mission and ministry of the Church of England.
  • Practicing communicant member of the Church of England or of a church belonging to a member body of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland or Churches Together in England.
  • Car driver (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010 which prevents you from driving).
  • A full driving license.
  • Ability to travel and work flexibly across the Diocese and within the Church of England as required.

“The Exeter Diocesan 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.”