Church Engagement and Relationship Manager

Posted 11 days agoExpires in 4 days
Lambeth Palace, London (Hybrid)
£42,246 per year (pay award pending)

Our aim is for everyone in the National Church Institutions (NCIs) to feel that they belong, and are valued for who they are and what they contribute. Together, our people contribute in different ways towards our common purpose, whichever NCI they work in and whatever their background.

This is a new and exciting post, created to manage and extend the network of churches and groups engaging with Difference ( - an initiative serving the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Reconciliation Ministry. The successful candidate will be skilled in relationship management and church engagement and passionate about equipping people to make a difference.

This role offers the opportunityto support the bold outcomes for the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Reconciliation Ministry.

As Church Engagement and Relationship Manager, you will inspire and support others to engage with the work of reconciliation and equip churches and individuals to engage with Difference.

Key to this is building relationships and supporting churches, chaplaincies, schools, youth workers and organisations both nationally and internationally to run Difference. This includes managing training for Difference Course Hosts (primarily through the online training hub) and supporting a global network of champions.

You will work with and through Anglican systems, structures and networks, as well as across the breadth of Christian denominations and organisations, as well as working with civic and community organisations and networks.

The working hours for this post will be 35 hours per week and we are happy to offer flexibility and hybrid working. The working arrangements will be discussed further at interview.

The post is offered on a 3-year fixed-term contract, with possible extension (funding dependant).

To arrange an informal conversation please contact Kiera Phyo, Director of the Reconciling Leaders Network

Closing date for applications will be 4th December 2022 (midnight).

Interviews will be held week commencing 12th December 2022.

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

Champion Difference and grow the network of churches running Difference

  • Devise and implement a church engagement plan, as agreed by RLN director.
  • With prayer and resources, support a growing movement of churches engaging with Difference and the ministry of reconciliation.
  • Develop external relationships and partnerships to engage new audiences with Difference. Proactively connect with churches, chaplaincies, schools, organisations and networks, with the aim to see significant increase in the number of groups running Difference.
  • Develop ecumenical relationships across Christian denominations.
  • Generate tactics to raise awareness and increase engagement.
  • Champion Difference at regional and national events, gatherings, conferences and speaking engagements.
  • Optimise relationship building through social media, connecting with relevant organisations, leaders, peace activists, influencers etc.
  • Active on Difference social channels, especially at events and external content.

Equip groups and manage training

  • Support the network of groups running Difference across churches, chaplaincies, schools, leadership teams, workplace, youth groups and other contexts.
  • Utilise the Difference Training and Resources Hub to support existing Difference Hosts and those interested in running Difference.
  • Where needed provide additional training and support face-to-face (online or in-person).
  • Ensure a high level of retention in churches and groups regularly engaging with Difference, including supporting next steps and deepening the ministry of reconciliation.
  • Support senior leaders using Difference as part of a wider strategy for reconciliation in their church, parish, diocese, context.

Manage and develop a network of global Champions

  • Identify and equip passionate individuals as they strengthen engagement with Difference in their own contexts around the world.
  • Support and resource a cohort of Difference champions in the UK and internationally who envision others with this ministry and promote Difference.
  • Create new ways of bringing champions together to learn from each other and share best practice.
  • Work with champions to identify strategic opportunities for growing engagement with Difference in their contexts.

Impact & Reports

  • Monitor and report on performance indicators.
  • Contribute to report writing and presentations on impact.
  • Proactively collate stories of transformation and impact, nationally and internationally. Feed into wider communications.
  • Proactive in researching and ongoing learning on reconciliation and peacemaking, including developing a working knowledge of the Archbishop’s reconciliation expertise and experience.


  • The team at Lambeth Palace works closely and collaboratively, providing assistance across portfolio areas at times when extra capacity is needed. As such, an important part of this role will be to help out other team areas as required and as capacity allows.
  • All employees working at Lambeth Palace share responsibility to promote and maintain a strong safeguarding culture with regard to children and vulnerable adults, including identifying the key actions they should take given their role and responsibilities.

The Requirements



  • Ability to represent the Archbishop of Canterbury’s reconciliation ministry effectively and with confidence.
  • Excellent inter-personal and influencing skills.
  • Excellent communication skills; public speaking, facilitation and writing.
  • Ability to shape key messages for church engagement and envision others.
  • Ability to strategically support leaders in implementing a ministry of reconciliation in their context.
  • The ability to work under pressure, adapting to changing and competing demands.
  • Ability to work with a wide range of people, for example senior leaders, prison leavers, teachers, young people.
  • Good IT skills, Microsoft Office, especially Microsoft PowerPoint.


  • In-depth knowledge and networked with a wide range of church denominations, valuing and understanding the breadth of the Christian church.
  • Track record of strategic relationships that lead to effective engagement with a project, ministry or product.
  • Proven track record in managing and working with a wide range of stakeholders and relationships, including senior leadership.
  • Good knowledge of Christian faith and theology, with a biblical understanding of the ministry of reconciliation.
  • Experience of using social media in a voluntary, personal or professional capacity.


  • Education to degree level or relevant professional qualification.

Personal Attributes:

  • Motivated, enthusiastic, proactive and takes initiative.
  • Operates with discretion and integrity.
  • Collaborative and builds trust across relationships, including at a senior level.
  • A desire to mobilise people to live out their calling as peacemakers and reconcilers, passionate about equipping people to follow Jesus in a conflicted and complex world.
  • Embody and model the practices of reconciliation across working relationships, internally and externally.


  • Whilst the NCIs are committed to wellbeing and work/life balance, a willingness and availability to occasionally work outside normal office hours is required.
  • Flexible in order to meet the demands of the post (attending events including weekend events when required).
  • Ability to travel nationally.



  • Ability to edit WordPress.
  • Effective use of content and social media for the target audience.


  • Experience of working on issues of reconciliation, such as with young people, racial justice, interfaith context, prison chaplaincy.
  • Experience communicating with a global audience.
  • Experience of working digitally in the Church or charity sector, utilising social media for engagement.


  • Training or qualification of relevant disciplines (such as: theology, mission and discipleship, youthwork, peacebuilding & reconciliation).

In the National Church Institutions (NCIs), we support the mission and ministries of the Church of England. We work with parishes, dioceses, schools, chaplaincies and other ministries, and with national and international partners including mission agencies, and other denominations and faith groups.-.

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Our emerging values

  • We strive for excellence
  • We collaborate
  • We act with integrity
  • We show compassion
  • We respect others

We welcome everyone and we accept and value people for who they are and what they contribute, treating others in the way we would wish to be treated ourselves. We actively listen to and include others, encouraging and enabling everyone’s voice to be heard in discussions and decisions. When we disagree, we aim to disagree well with respect and kindness.

We want to encourage applications from a diverse group of people. Even if you have never thought about working for us before, if you have the skills and experience we’re looking for then we would like to hear from you. If there is anything we can do to support you in your application please get in touch via email to

  • As a Disability Confident Leader, we actively look to attract, recruit and retain those of you who are disabled.
  • We are a member of the Armed Forces Covenant, and welcome applications from those of you who have served in our Armed Forces and their families.