We are seeking to recruit a full time or 0.8 Strategy Enabler for Under 18s. You will work within and outside the Education Team, alongside colleagues working on the diocesan strategy, Transforming Church. Together.
This new role will involve a particular focus on helping others to engage at a local level with children and young people so an interest and experience in this area is critical.
Direct and support provision of ‘Growing Faith’ Chaplaincy
- Articulate a diocesan strategy that builds U18 Chaplaincy, informed by a Christian ethos, and responsible for all children and young people of all faiths and none, growing strong pastoral links between schools, churches and households
- Align with and communicate the national Growing Faith vision of partnership and opportunities for faith development of Under 18s (using national and local resources) which underpins the diocesan Transforming Church. Together strategy
- Build relationships with clergy/ ministry teams, headteachers and key contacts in secular and faith organisations to engage families and parents and discern needs that Growing Faith / U18 Chaplaincy might help
- Scope the need for and set up provision and networks for Chaplains in the Diocese, offering additional support where possible
- Promote grant funding for U18 chaplaincies
- Actively promote and participate in the newly emerging SW Chaplaincy hub
Support Children’s Youth, and Family work in the Diocese of Bristol
- Articulate a diocesan strategy to grow work with churches, new and existing partners (including volunteers) for the benefit of children, young people and families. This will include enabling the building of skilled local expertise such that activity can run in local contexts, for example, baby/ toddler/ parent and carer groups, bespoke children and youth activities including sport/ creative arts/friendship clubs, mental health support and courses, social community action, discussion groups, community events and working together to improve the local environment
- Build and tap into networks to support those working with children and/or young people in any role in and outside church structures, including in Deprived Priority Areas, Mission Areas and Church Plants
- Signpost to and develop training pipelines, for potential and existing workers and leaders with children, young people and their families in their diverse roles with churches, schools and other expressions of ‘church’ such as those focusing on wild areas outside, environment care or social and racial justice. This will involve collaboration with existing providers, Growing Faith Foundation and SW leadership pathways, innovating programmes to fill gaps, and personalised planning and support to multi-faith chaplains, and children and young people’s workers
- Collaborate with the Archdeacons, Mission and Ministry Team, Transforming Church. Together implementation Team, and all parts of the Diocesan Support Services to ensure that ongoing vision, strategy and work prioritises and addresses the needs of U18s
Enable Participation by under 18s in Diocesan Structures
- Articulate a diocesan strategy for the increased participation of under 18s in the life of the Diocese
- Champion the involvement of all under 18s of faith or those questioning in issues that really matter to them, for example, opportunities to participate in worship, governance, church leadership, and courageous advocacy such as environmental, racial justice, gender and sexuality issues
- Set up and enable a Diocesan Youth Council that influences diocesan policy towards community building for all
- Communicate with children and young people, schools and families, at home and within the Diocese, ensuring positive messaging that values and uses their contributions, and secures communication to the wider diocese
- Represent the Diocese of Bristol, keep up to date with current research and thinking and contribute to national thinking and direction in work with under 18s, from Christian and secular organisations and the wider Church of England, and advise the Directors of Education and Ministry Development on all matters regarding children and young people in the church
- Be the Bishop’s Consultant for Communion before Confirmation
A member of the Education Team & Diocese of Bristol
- Support and communicate with other colleagues in the Education and Ministry Development teams as relevant to ensure members understand and support this work, such as with conferences, participating in team meetings, providing training, electronic calendar sharing
- Keep up to date records of all those in the diocese involved in U18s chaplaincy and work with children and young people, within GDPR compliance
- Plan, monitor and review strategic plans to ensure the Transforming Church. Together Under 18s strand is delivered
- Act in such a way that at all times you safeguard the health and wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults. Familiarisation with and adherence to the Diocese of Bristol’s Safeguarding policies is an essential requirement of all employees as is participation in related mandatory/statutory training
You will be key to developing and monitoring a strategy for ‘Under 18’s’, one that celebrates the life, joy and diversity that young people bring to the church and helps organisations to grow superb provision where children and young people thrive and can investigate faith. That means you’ll be working alongside those in schools, ministry teams in churches, volunteers, and people within the parishes to help everyone understand and develop highly engaging and relevant proposals for community, friendship and faith development – one that really matters to children and young people.
Candidates should be;
- Friendly and warm in character with ability to relate to and build trust quickly with a diverse range of people.
- Able to demonstrate commitment to collaborative team-working, with appropriate initiative and self-motivation, and to promoting and modelling best practice in Safeguarding
- Committed to the engagement of children, young people and families in the life of faith
- Have excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, able to represent the Diocese at all levels and work within policy frameworks
- Able to understand how school, church and organisational systems work and how to put in place good strategy and systems
The Diocese of Bristol is the administrative area of the Church of England that covers Bristol, Swindon and surrounding rural and smaller urban areas. There are more than 200 church communities in the Diocese, led by hundreds of clergy, and around 15,000 children and young people attending over 70 church schools. In many ways the best description of the Diocese is as a family of 30,000 or so people in church, school and exciting new expressions of what modern church looks like - people of all ages coming together with clergy, staff and parish officers to work together with a common goal.
This is an exciting time within the Diocese as we are collaboratively shaping a new vision and set of priorities for the coming years in a process called Transforming Church.Together. This role is a key part of this transformation as we seek to understand what we do well, what we can change for the better and get on to create a positive way forward together.