Area Director of Ministry - Kensington

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£30,982 (plus housing)

The Kensington Area includes the west London Boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham, Hounslow, Kensington and Chelsea, the borough of Richmond north of the Thames, and the Surrey Borough of Spelthorne. Spanning from Knightsbridge to the ancient bridge that crosses the Thames into Staines, the parishes of the Kensington Area serve hugely diverse and dynamic communities.

There is an occupational requirement that the job-holder is a Christian under the Part 1 of Schedule 9 to the Equality Act 2010.


The Diocese of London is committed to creating and sustaining a diverse and inclusive workforce which represents our context and wider community. We are aware that those of Global Majority Heritage/United Kingdom Minority Ethnic (GMH/UKME), women, and disabled people are currently under-represented among our clergy and workforce, and we particularly encourage applications from those with the relevant skills and experience that will increase this representation.

The Area Director of Ministry is a senior member of the Kensington Area Team, reporting to the Bishop of Kensington, They will be responsible for providing visionary leadership and ensuring good management in the following areas.

  • Fostering vocations to lay and ordained ministries.
  • Directing ordinands.
  • Supervising post ordination training.
  • Overseeing clergy ministerial review, development and training.
  • Facilitating lay training programmes.
  • Holding diocesan IME2/POT portfolio.

As a senior member of the Kensington Area Team the Area Director of Ministry will also contribute to strategic planning and implementation of ministry objectives within the Area.

The Area Director of Ministry will be at ease relating to churches across all traditions in the Diocese of London. They will engage in preaching and leading Sunday services, especially with regard to fostering vocations and discipleship within the whole body of Christ. They will work in close collaboration with the larger churches to support their own ministry fostering vocations and lay training.

The Area Director of Ministry will be fully committed to the Diocesan 2030 Vision, as set out here engaging fully as a member of the diocesan team, especially with regards to ordinands and training.

The Area Director of Ministry will have responsibility for the relevant budgets allocated by the diocese for the work among ordinands, training and development. Administrative assistance will be available.

Housing will be available for this post


Fostering vocations to lay and ordained ministries

  • Preach and lead teaching sessions in churches across the Area and the wider diocese, inspiring a compelling vision for the ministry of every local church, including the value and significance of ordained ministry.
  • Work closely with clergy to foster a range of vocations, both lay and ordained

Director of Ordinands:

  • Line manage the Lead Area Director of Ordinanads (LADO) and them in overseeing the team of Area Assistant Directors of Ordinands (AADO's)
  • Nurturing and guiding people through the journey of discernment, leading the process from ‘first meeting’ to Stage 1 and 2, in collaboration with the LADO and AADOs
  • Guide and support all ordinands through training in close collaboration with the Theological Training Institutions
  • Organise and facilitate meetings and events that will inspire and equip ordinands
  • Work in close collaboration with all the diocesan training partners, especially St Mellitus College.
  • Help develop the Peter Stream – a programme of support for candidates from non-traditional backgrounds going through the discernment process, which started in the Kensington Area


Supervising Post Ordination Training

  • Plan annual services for the ordination of priests in the Area
  • Support the bishop in the process of placing ordinands with parishes
  • Line manage the Kensington Area Director of POT and support a small team of clergy who assist with POT to oversee and facilitate all post ordination training (including working agreements, leading the monthly meeting for the POT group, and training days for training incumbents)
  • To oversee the curate placement process for the Kensington Area
  • To hold the diocesan IME2/POT brief

Oversee Clergy Ministerial Review, development &training:

  • Organise and facilitate key Area training events (including Clergy Study Days and Area Conferences).
  • Oversee the process of Ministerial Review and Continued Ministerial Education
  • Ensure regular communication about training opportunities.
  • Participate in certain diocesan training programmes.

Oversee lay training programmes

  • Ensure the effective provision of high quality training for all Licensed Lay Ministers (Readers) and other authorized ministries.
  • Communicate clearly to parishes a range of training opportunities within the diocese and beyond.

Customer/Stakeholder Service

Kensington Area Team

  • Area Core Staff Meeting – (with Bishop, Archdeacon, and Director of Ministry).
  • Area Staff Meeting - monthly.
  • Kensington Area Leadership Team (KALT) – every six weeks.
  • Kensington Area Council (KAC) – bi-monthly.

Diocesan Team

  • Cooperate closely with the Diocesan Director of Ministry.
  • Meeting of Area Directors of Training and Development – bi-monthly.
  • Meeting of Area Directors of Ordinands – 4 times a year.
  • Participate in an appropriate number of diocesan-wide training programmes and initiatives.
  • Line manage the Kensington Area Administrator.

The post holder may be required to undertake any other duties that are commensurate with the role.

There is an occupational requirement that the job-holder is a Christian under the Part 1 of Schedule 9 to the Equality Act 2010.

The person appointed is likely to be an ordained priest within the Church of England:

Experience, Knowledge, training and qualifications

  • Strategic thinking.
  • Be a good communicator.
  • Strong gifts as a theological teacher and ministry trainer.
  • Have a high level of organisational skills.
  • Have a high level of emotional intelligence.
  • The ability to manage pressure well.
  • Have a high capacity to make good judgements.
  • Possess clear and incisive decision-making skills.
  • Demonstrate good conflict management skills.
  • Experience in the area of encouraging vocations.
  • Significant experience in effective parochial ministry.

Personal attributes

  • Be a natural team player.
  • Able to sustain personal devotional life in a demanding and sometimes isolated role.
  • Demonstrate a personal commitment to continuing professional development.


  • Willingness to flexible working.

The LDF exists to support the mission of the Church of England in London. The principal activity of the London Diocesan Fund is to operationally and practically serve and support the parishes and people within the Diocese of London, enabling the vision that every Londoner will encounter the love of God in Jesus Christ.