Director of Mission and Ministry

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Church House, St John's Terrace, North Shields
£58,558 - £61,640

The Bishop of Newcastle is seeking a collaborative, strategic leader and bold thinker to join the Bishop's Staff Team as Director of Mission and Ministry.

Newcastle Diocese aims to be a church which is Jesus Christ centred and outward facing. We seek to align our work with the national church’s strategic priorities: to become a church of missionary disciples; to foster a mixed ecology of church, which includes establishing new worshipping communities; and to be a church that is growing younger and more diverse.

The post of Director of Mission and Ministry offers a significant opportunity for a strategic leader and bold thinker to join the Diocese of Newcastle. As a full member of the Bishop’s Senior Staff Team the Director will hold a key role in helping us to achieve our diocesan aims and priorities.

The Director will lead the Diocesan Mission and Ministry Team, a team which has expanded in recent years and now encompasses the areas of Vocations, Mission and Evangelism, Ministerial Formation (ordained and lay), Discipleship, Children and Youth and Generous Giving. All these areas support the mission and ministry of local parishes across the length and breadth of Newcastle Diocese. There is ongoing work to do in discerning how the team will be better shaped and structured to more clearly align with diocesan priorities and support the delivery of these; particularly as we all seek to respond appropriately to the rapid economic and environmental challenges facing us all.

The post of Director of Mission and Ministry offers an opportunity to make a distinctive contribution to support and deliver key changes arising from the diocesan vision in three main overlapping areas:

  • Growing all God's people as missionary disciples, including the ongoing formation for ordained and lay leadership;
  • Turning outwards in mission, including the discernment of vocations for mission ordained and lay leaders who naturally inhabit a mixed ecology of church;
  • Seeing beyond who we are now to help us imagine how we can grow younger and more diverse as the Body of Christ.

Please see the person specification within the job description attached at the foot of this advert.

For an informal conversation please contact:

The Bishop of Berwick, the Rt Revd Mark Wroe, or 0191 285 2220

We are currently underrepresented by people of global majority heritage and therefore welcome candidates who will strengthen the diversity of our team.

The Diocese of Newcastle is the Church of England’s most northerly diocese. Formed in 1882 the Diocese covered an area almost equivalent to the then County of Northumberland. With 169 parishes across 2,110 square miles the Diocese covers the local authorities of Northumberland, Newcastle, North Tyneside and also small parts of County Durham and Cumbria. The 12 deaneries within 2 archdeaconries (Lindisfarne and Northumberland) serve a population of 831,600 people across a variety of communities ranging from sparse rural to market towns, suburban and larger inner-city areas.

A current cohort of 107 stipendiary, 26 self-supporting clergy and 43 Readers under the episcopal leadership of our diocesan bishop, the Rt Revd Dr Helen-Ann Hartley and the suffragan Bishop of Berwick, the Rt Revd Mark Wroe are resourced by a team of lay and ordained officers who support the development of mission and ministry across the Diocese of Newcastle. A small administration team is based at Church House, North Shields. Church House is also the base for the Joint Education Team and Joint Communications Team (both serving the Dioceses of Durham and Newcastle), the Lindisfarne College of Theology and a well-stocked Religious Resources Centre.

Further information about the Diocese of Newcastle is available from our website at