Mission Support Officer (Children and Young People with Mission Action Planning)

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£31 - £33,000

  • A role to support the Diocese of Southwark’s strategy for children and young people, and our vision of a hospitable church in our parishes, where children and young people are welcomed and invited to shape and be shaped by the church.
  • A key point of contact to support our network of parish representatives and deanery champions
  • An opportunity to support Mission Action Planning being delivered in practice
  • An ideal opportunity for a practising Christian with a proven track record of effective children and /or youth mission and ministry.

This post has been created to support the delivery of Mission Action planning and the Diocesan strategy that supports the vision of an hospitable church, where children and young people are welcomed and invited to shape and be shaped by the church. The team is looking to build capacity to encourage mission, particularly in the area of children and young people (CYP). This role has previously been undertaken by a part-time MAP post and a part-time CYP consultant.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Publicise and promote the vision, goals and work of the Diocese, with regard to CYPM&M and MAP, encouraging stakeholders to become involved.
  • To act as contact point for parishes, chapters, deaneries, clusters of churches seeking advice or support with MAP and CYPM&M, developing a broad understanding of the range of areas covered in order to be creative and effective at linking requests with sources of help.
  • To enable voices of children and young people to be heard by stakeholders, in different contexts throughout the diocese.
  • Maintain and develop effective communication systems between stakeholders, both inside and outside, such as mail chimp emails, website updates and social media.
  • To help organise / deliver training and parish development days as part of the Children and Young People's Mission and Ministry local training programme.
  • Maintain accessible up-to-date records, including contact details in line with Diocesan policies and practice.
  • Attend and support meetings of the CYPM&M advisory group, employed worker lunches and other seminars arranging input as required.
  • Act as research officer for CYPM&M, staying current with relevant research, local practice, distilling, reflecting on, and disseminating it appropriately.
  • Identify areas of work that are best carried out by the team administrator and liaise with them.
  • Plan and co-ordinate events, conferences, and meetings as requested.
  • Works alongside the Area Bishops and Archdeacons to ensure effective MAP in each Episcopal area.
  • Undertake other administrative, strategic development or research work as may be required.

Ideal Candidate

  • A practising Christian committed to worship, prayer, study and service
  • Proven track record of effective children and /or youth mission and ministry
  • To have a theology of the place of children and young people in the church, which respects and values the different traditions within the diocese
  • A good understanding of and passion for supporting parishes in their MAP and work alongside children and young people
  • Good interpersonal skills for building good working relationships and effective networking
  • Able to make sound judgements and exercise initiative
  • Good communication skills both written and oral
  • Demonstrable potential / proven track record to deliver training, with good presentation skills
  • Well organised with demonstrable administrative and record-keeping skills
  • Competent with IT: database; MS Office etc
  • Be able to work flexibly, to work evenings and weekends by arrangement
  • Able to act as a confident and respected diocesan advisor
  • An Occupational Requirement exists for the post-holder to be a practicing Christian in accordance with the Equality Act 2010

The Diocese of Southwark serves the southern part of London - the most diverse city in the world - and a significant part of Surrey. It includes most of London south of the River Thames from Surbiton in the west to Thamesmead in the east, and extends south through Croydon to the rural villages of East Surrey and on to Gatwick Airport on the Sussex border.

Under Southwark’s Episcopal Area system the Bishop of Southwark is responsible for the whole Diocese, working closely with the Area Bishops of Kingston, Croydon and Woolwich who are each responsible for two archdeaconries.

The Mission & Evangelism team is based at Trinity House, near London Bridge, led by the Revd Canon Jay Colwill. The team includes the Dean of Fresh Expresssion, a part-time role of Mission Support Officer (Children & Youth), and a team administrator.

Threre are more details here about our current activities. http://southwark.anglican.org/downloads/cypmm/CYP%20leaflet%202018%20to%202019.pdf

The Diocese of Southwark provides a generous annual leave entitlement, inclusion in a non-contributory pension scheme and season ticket loan (see outline terms and conditions).