Project Manager Fit for Mission

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£30,000 to £35,000 PA (pro-rata if part-time)

You will bring change and project management experience to ensure successful implementation of the Fit for Mission programme.

This is an exciting and challenging role for someone who knows and loves the church,and wants to help her move forward for a sustainable future.

Full-time 35 hours Monday to Friday (or 28 hours over 4 days by agreement)

25 days holiday per year + bank holidays + extra days at Christmas (pro rata if 4 days/week)


Home working by agreement

Non-contributory pension scheme (AVC's may also be made)

Employee Assistance Programme

Free on-site parking at the office

Expenses for travel to off-site meetings.

For an informal chat for further information, please contact Richard Gedge

Closing Date: 5th January 2023

The Diocese of Liverpool is embarking on a Strategic Transformation Programme, a six-year step change initiative, encouraged by and in partnership with the Church Commissioners. The aim of the programme is to implement prayerfully, and at pace, a clearly defined and widely owned Diocesan vision and plan for growth and a sustainable future.

Our Fit for Mission programme will help us develop a stronger discipleship culture, train and release lay leaders as well as plant more diverse worshipping communities. To facilitate this we will also rationalise structures (governance and admin) and buildings.

You will be given responsibility, according to your experience and capability, to creatively input into the development of the programme’s delivery. You will be key to the success of the programme by managing some key programme elements as well as some project management aspects across the whole programme. Initially you will be responsible for the restructuring of parishes - their governance, finance, administration and buildings development. Future responsibilities will be determined by changing and emerging needs of the programme.

Some tasks included in your role are:

Line Management

You will line manage some staff within the Fit for Mission team, namely those responsible for Support Services and Buildings development.

Planning and coordination

You will keep a good handle on planning of the elements or the programme you are responsible for, liaising regularly with the local team leads about the next steps they should be taking. You will take remedial action where progress is behind schedule, adding additional capacity flexibly as needed. In this way you will ensure good coordination across the programme and especially with the deanery and diocesan teams. Keeping momentum is a key outcome of this role.

Scoping and documenting

You will develop clear project documentation (project narratives, role descriptions, tracking and reporting documentation etc) so that all stakeholders are well informed and delivery takes place in an orderly manner.


You will help develop and maintain our measurement framework that reflects the goals of the programme (lead and lag), and ensure that measurement data is gathered and reported.

Stakeholder Reporting

You’ll make sure that programme reports are available as required (monthly, quarterly and yearly) for both internal and external stakeholders.


You’ll represent the programme to stakeholders as required, particularly to those deaneries who are in future cohorts.


You will support the programme management team and board.


As well as ensuring cross-fertilisation of ideas and learning between deaneries, you will ensure cumulative learning is developed / documented.

You will work closely with: the Diocesan Programme Manager, the Fit for Mission Transformation Manager, the rest of the Fit for Mission team (both based in the deanery and diocese).

(See also attached Person Specification).

A passionate, capable and energetic project manager who will relish this challenge to help the Church of England in Liverpool on its growth journey, looking for more justice and a sustainable future. In this role you will join a small but diverse team (lay and ordained) and be ready to work relationally to push the programme forward. You should be able to describe why you personally want to see the CofE flourish.

You will work closely with the Diocesan Programme Manager and Fit for Mission Transformation Manager. So you will need to build a good relationship with them and bring complementary skills and experience. You will be expected to bring your own creative and fresh perspectives to ensure the best possible solutions and outcomes.

You will have a track record of getting things done, attending to the details yourself as necessary to ensure that we always do what we say we will do. You’ll always want to do the best you can, and for the team result to be of the highest quality.

In terms of qualities you will be someone who:

  • is emotionally intelligent and self-aware
  • knows the importance of making strong relationships
  • is servant-hearted, always looking for the best team results
  • has a test and learn mentality
  • loves process but is not a slave to it
  • likes things to happen now, not in 6 months
  • is obsessed with prioritisation and outcomes
  • is willing to challenge the status quo
  • is resilient and makes the boring stuff fun

About Fit for Mission

As a diocese we are on a trajectory, first defined in Bishop Paul’s paper ‘Fit for Mission’ (endorsed by Diocesan Synod and Bishop’s Council 2014) to have accountable, dynamic and missional leadership teams in every deanery. Bishops and Archdeacons are leading us forward to work more collaboratively across deanery-scale geography.

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 five 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 lay development programme which results in new worshipping communities and justice initiatives planted and existing ones revitalised.
  2. Creating missional leadership teams of lay and ordained people over larger areas with responsibility for specific mission and worship communities.
  3. Developing high quality support and accountability structures for all leaders.
  4. Making sure buildings are fit for purpose, with buildings expertise available to assist in making good decisions on use, investment, or closure.
  5. Work towards each deanery having one or two larger Parishes. Each larger Parish to have high quality support services, resulting in simpler administration, less bureaucracy and more mission.

For more information on Fit for Mission go to

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.

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.

Liverpool Diocese is committed to treating our whole community with dignity and respect. We desire to represent diverse identities within our community whether this be by race, culture, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or social background of each person to ensure they fulfil their potential within a proactive, loving and caring environment.

For more information visit our website