Discipleship in the World Officer

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The role of the Discipleship in the world Officer is to help clergy and laity grow in their discipleship and in their confidence to fulfil the calling of Jesus to ‘Go and make disciples.’

The hours are 37.5 per week. It will be necessary for the person appointed to work flexibly, including evenings and occasional weekends. The posts will be based at Edward King House, Lincoln.

Interviews will be held at Edward King House on 8 November 2018

Please follow the link to the website http://www.lincoln.anglican.org

The Diocese of Lincoln is renewing its vision for Mission and Ministry, as it is embracing its identity as a Learning Diocese. Within the Ministry and Mission teams a number of new posts have been identified, of which this is one. It is a development of a previous post, developing it into two posts, each with a specific focus and working closely together to support, deepen and develop Christian discipleship within our congregations.

The Mission team consists of those officers, full- and part-time, who work with clergy and lay people across the Diocese to help them develop and live out their Christian faith as individuals and as churches and to play their part in the Missio Dei. The Vision of the Diocese is that we become churches and people who “transform lives across greater Lincolnshire.”

We aim to provide our church members with professional support, training and development to work effectively with the many and diverse communities within the historic county of Lincolnshire, which now includes the Unitary Authorities of North Lincolnshire and North-East Lincolnshire.

Our ethos is that we not only support the ministry of others but are active church members ourselves.

  • To help the Diocese fulfil its ‘Joyful Service’ priority through working with our congregations to encourage all our members to live out their faith in the wider world beyond their church and its activities
  • To help the Diocese respond adequately to the outworking of the ‘Setting God’s People Free’ report
  • To help the Diocese respond adequately to the social justice aspects of the Christian faith and specifically the current agenda of the CofE
  • To share and deliver information, training and resources to clergy and people in the parishes in the outward facing aspects of Discipleship
  • To be part of the Mission Team’s work of encouraging incumbents to give developing individual and corporate discipleship a high priority within parish programmes
  • To support the Diocese’s Learning Communities
  • It is expected that you will spend a considerable amount of time spent ‘out and about’ in parishes

will have:

  • A personal commitment to the concept of individual discipleship
  • A passion to see growth in discipleship for all church members and the ability to motivate people to see the same
  • Relevant experience in a professional or voluntary capacity
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Good research skills and experience of working with statistical data
  • A commitment to their own professional development.
  • A willingness to meet and work with people across the diocese in their own localities;
  • A capacity and commitment to work as a full member of the Mission Team and to contribute to its work across the diocese.
  • The ability to organise their own work effectively with minimal close supervision.

The Diocese of Lincoln is the Church of England in Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire.

The diocese covers 2,673 square miles and has a population of 943,000. There are around 31,000 people on the Church Electoral Rolls and around 16,000 Usual Sunday Attendance. There are more than 220 clergy and lay workers serving 240 benefices with 514 parishes and 630 church buildings.

What we offer:

The diocesan offices of Edward King House are situated by the medieval Bishop’s Palace in the historic Cathedral Quarter of Lincoln. The offices are overlooked by the magnificent Lincoln Cathedral and they are close to Lincoln Castle, home of the 1215 Magna Carta and the 1217 Charter of the Forest, plus many shops, eateries and further places of local history and interest. Edward King House was formerly the home of Bishop Edward King, Bishop of Lincoln between 1885 and 1910. A beautiful Grade II-listed building, a feature of Edward King House is St Hugh’s Chapel, which provides the setting for regular services.

Other benefits include:

  • Annual leave of 25 days per annum, plus 8 Bank Holidays (pro rata)
  • Up to 4 non-contractual days of holiday gifted between Christmas and New Year (when the offices are closed)
  • A half-day holiday on Maundy Thursday
  • Competitive pension scheme with Royal London
  • Life insurance of three times annual salary
  • Occupational sick pay (staged) after 6 months
  • Child care voucher scheme
  • Daily Eucharist held in St Hugh’s Chapel, which is optional for all staff
  • Supported continuing professional development linked with job role and professional development
  • Weekly social gathering for staff (‘Coftea’)