Mission Enabler

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Competitive salary or the possibility of combining the Mission Enabler role with a part-time parish ministry with stipend and house.

Do you thrive on seeing people come to faith? Do you have a vision for how to proclaim the Gospel afresh for this generation? Are you creative and energetic? Can you inspire others in mission in a strategic way? Do you have experience of church planting or leading missional initiatives? We are looking for a Mission Enabler to walk alongside our 600 diverse churches as they seek to make new disciples across the amazing county of Devon. Could God be calling you to this key role as part of our dynamic Mission and Ministry team?

Competitive salary or the possibility of combining the Mission Enabler role with a part-time parish ministry with stipend and house.

For an informal conversation about this role please contact Philip Sourbut (Director of Mission and Ministry) philip.sourbut@exeter.anglican.org or the Bishop of Plymouth, the Rt Rev’d James Grier bishop.of.plymouth@exeter.anglican.org


  • Line management/oversight of key employed and volunteer staff
  • Line managing the Children and Families’ Mission Enabler
  • Overseeing the work contracted to SWYM

Visions Strategy Development

  • Support and develop the network of Mission Hubs (Mission Sheds) across the Diocese.
  • Contribute to strategic thinking, oversight and support of SDF projects in Plymouth and Torbay.
  • Offering specific support in the strategy for local outreach.
  • Explore the possibilities of church planting and BMOs, advising the Bishop and supporting initiatives.
  • Support the Diocesan strategy in relation to new housing areas.

Mission Community Support and Advice

  • Advise clergy and laity at local level on strategies for mission.

Mission Resources and Training

  • Administering Mustard Seed Grants for new initiatives (£5,000 p.a of grants of up to £500 to encourage the starting of a new initiative).
  • Providing advice and guidance about discipleship courses and making new disciples.
  • Providing resources to enable evangelism and catechesis in parishes and mission communities.
  • Devon County Show Churches tent.
  • Organising diocesan response to “Thy Kingdom Come” initiative.


  • Advising and speaking at specific evangelistic and outreach events.

Relationship Building

  • Develop relationships with key strategic partners in mission.

Team Working

  • Undertake other duties as may reasonably be expected.

Information Management

  • Keep accurate notes, correspondence and records and place on file as appropriate.
  • Ensure information management systems and policies are adhered to, including Social Media, GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018.


  • Ensure all diocesan Safeguarding policies and procedures are adhered to.
  • Own safeguarding training to level C4.
  • Safer Recruitment training and adherence to the Safer Recruitment policy and process.

Equality and Diversity

  • Role model inclusive behaviours in day to day working practices.
  • Ensure the diocese proactively supports the principles and practices of equality of opportunity as detailed in its strategies and policies, and in accordance with its legal obligations and theological values.

Qualifications and Training


  • Education to degree level or equivalent.
  • Theologically literate.
  • Priest in Anglican Orders


  • Theology Degree.
  • Post graduate qualification.
  • Evidence of continued theological education.



  • Wide ranging experience of church leadership as a priest or lay person including hands-on involvement in mission and evangelism.
  • Experience of discipling others
  • Experience of managing people and resources.
  • Experience of planning and delivering high quality adult training and mission resources.


  • Church planting experience.
  • Leading a Fresh Expression of Church.
  • Strategic planning.
  • Experience of mission strategy in areas of new housing.



  • Emotional intelligence
  • Understand the factors contributing to healthy Church life in different traditions and contexts
  • Understand the Church of England, its parochial system and the wider organisation of the diocese.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills, including preaching, with proven ability to communicate effectively and persuasively to a wide range of audiences.
  • Able to organise work and priorities, co-ordinating with Mission and Ministry team and external partners to support the development and delivery of the service.
  • Able to adopt a proactive and entrepreneurial approach to developing solutions to complex matters.
  • Able to build trust and work in partnership.
  • Able to manage and progress numerous projects at any one time.
  • Good IT skills, including making the appropriate use of technology for preaching and presentations, and Microsoft Office and Outlook.


  • Understand how the belief systems which shape the life of the Church may affect safeguarding work in the context of the Church of England.

General Requirements

  • Welcome visitors and receive incoming enquiries and telephone calls, dealing promptly and courteously with enquiries.
  • Ensure all health and safety instructions are followed and that care is taken to ensure safety for self and colleagues, reporting concerns immediately.
  • Sensitive to the different cultures, traditions and activities within the Church, and work in a way which is consistent with the Five Guiding Principles in the House of Bishops’ Declaration on the Ministry of Bishops and Priests; maintain a consistent approach to clergy and non-clergy matters.
  • Commitment to anti-discriminatory practices within the Church of England’s legal context.

Personal Requirements

  • A passion for mission, evangelism and church growth across the traditions and contexts (urban, rural, market towns) in the Diocese of Exeter
  • Committed to and confident in the aims and ethos of the Diocese of Exeter and of the mission and ministry of the Church of England.
  • Practising communicant member of the Church of England or of a church belonging to a member body of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland or Churches Together in England.
  • A full driving licence.
  • Car driver (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010 which prevents you from driving).
  • Ability to travel and work flexibly across the Diocese and within the Church of England as required.