Project Support Officer

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St Helens Church based central location available with some working from home (negotiable). Some meetings across St Helens’ deanery
£19,037 pro rata

We are excited to be part of a new project in St Helens which is bringing together 12 current Church of England parishes in St Helens to work together on all aspects of church life. The aim is to be more effective in providing more opportunities for people in St Helens to experience church and faith and for the church to serve the needs of the local community. This change project is called Fit For Mission.

This is an exciting 2 year role in which you will be responsible for providing efficient and precise administration support to the Fit for Mission St Helens team. We are seeking someone who enjoys being part of setting up new systems that will ensure excellent communication between teams of people and excellent data collection and database development. Your main focus will be the Navigation Team which is a small group of people who meet weekly to co-ordinate the project, to achieve a smooth transition for the 12 churches to work together as one organisation in many places and expressions.

Some tasks included in your role are (please see the full job description attached):

  • Scheduling meetings
  • Producing agendas and minutes for meetings with a quick turn-around; collating the required documentation
  • Developing and implementing effective systems to communicate to church leaders, PCCs, change teams and church members in relation to Fit for Mission; this includes new website and social media pages, events and meetings

We are looking for someone to be an integral part of the Navigation team and as such your experiences and opinions will be valued and you will be integral to successful programme delivery.

What we offer:

  • A varied role with support to learn and to put your skills in to practice
  • 15 - 17.5 hours per week by negotiation
  • You will be a part of a fun and friendly team with a shared sense of purpose
  • 25 days annual leave pro-rata, plus up to 3 days over the Christmas period
  • Non-contributory pension scheme with generous employer contributions (additional voluntary contributions may be made)
  • Employee Assistance Programme giving you 24-hour access to support for your health and wellbeing
  • A supportive culture that values work-life balance including flexible working

Diversity and inclusion are very important to us at Liverpool Diocese and we want everyone to be themselves at work with a culture that includes everyone. Our policies ensure that every candidate and employee are treated fairly and with equal opportunities.

About the Diocese of Liverpool

The Diocese of Liverpool is the Church of England in a corner of the north west with churches from Southport to Widnes; Wigan to Warrington and throughout the city of Liverpool all working their hardest to fulfil our vision of asking God for a bigger church making a bigger difference with more people knowing Jesus and more justice in the world.

As we work towards that vision we have four priorities

  1. Introducing people to Jesus
  2. Deepening discipleship
  3. Developing Christian leaders
  4. Working for justice

The diocesan offices provide essential support services to our parishes with many specialist staff offering expert support to our frontline parishes. We have a reputation for being a creative organisation securing national church backing for a range of innovative projects.

We are a small, supportive team offering a flexible approach. We have adopted a hybrid model balancing office based with home-based working. We are serious about the work life balance with generous holiday allowances and access to an Employee Assistance Programme. Diocesan staff have a strong working relationship with Liverpool Cathedral and our offices sit in the shadow of this magnificent iconic building.

For more information visit our website

About Fit for Mission

The Diocese of Liverpool is embarking on Fit for Mission, a six-year strategic transformation programme to support our vision of asking God for a bigger church to make a bigger difference. The goal of Fit for Mission is to enable all parishes, church plants, fresh expressions, schools and chaplaincies to fulfil God’s mission and to make new disciples where they are.

The Fit for Mission programme will provide focus and support to work together to face the significant issues that hold back mission and growth.

Fit for Mission will support each deanery in the Diocese of Liverpool to create their own future. There are six elements to this, and for each of them the programme will make available help and specialist resource.

  1. A focus on developing our discipleship culture through training and support, including delivering ‘Cultivate’, a successful Local Missional Leadership programme. Resulting in hundreds of newly planted worship communities and justice initiatives.
  2. Creating core support-services in deaneries to support and resource your mission
  3. Creating missional leadership teams of lay and ordained people over larger areas with responsibility for specific mission and worship communities.
  4. Developing agreed mutual support and accountability structures for all leaders.
  5. Work towards each deanery having one or two Larger Parishes. Fewer parishes, but more worshipping communities and more justice initiatives. Less bureaucracy, more mission. With a local strategic approach, more diversity of worship will be possible.
  6. Making sure buildings are fit for purpose, with buildings expertise available to assist in making good decisions on use, investment, or closure.

Earth Justice is integral to Fit for Mission, being high on the priorities of young people, as well as a mandate set out by national synod. The Diocese of Liverpool has a strategy that sets out how we propose to meet our carbon net zero targets by 2030. This reinforces our objective to be a sustainable flourishing church equipped for the future.

For more information on Fit for Mission go to

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