Closing date: Friday 6th October, 12:00pm.
Interview date: Monday 23rd October 2023
The Director of Ministry (DoM) will be the key officer responsible for the delivery of the Growing Leaders strand of Vision 2026. To do this, the DoM will oversee the discernment, formation and ongoing support of the leadership the Diocese. In addition, in collaboration with the senior team, they will play an important role in discerning strategy around leadership growth, designing programmes, and enabling a step change in Christian leadership development. We will need to be relentless in prioritising leaders with a passion for being carriers of God’s love to the people of Lancashire, while also increasing the numbers and broadening the diversity of vocations to reflect the communities we serve.
This appointment comes at a time of fresh opportunity. Our application for national strategic funding (Strategic Mission & Ministry Investment) places particular emphasis on developing a transformed leadership pipeline, a major investment in youth and children’s ministries, a Young Leaders’ Academy (13-18s) and Pioneer priests in forgotten communities. We expect the DoM to play an important strategic role all these developments.
To be the key officer responsible for the delivery of the Growing Leaders strand of Vision 2026, enabling leadership to flourish across the whole Diocese.
The DoM will also be a member of the Vision and Strategy team and will be expected to contribute to the wider strategic leadership of the diocese.
Genuine Occupational Requirement
Knowledge and Skills
The Diocese of Blackburn serves almost the whole of the county of Lancashire with a population of 1.6 million. The Diocese covers an area of extraordinary variety, from the stunning countryside of the Trough of Bowland to the former mill towns of East Lancashire, from the University cities of Preston and Lancaster to the seaside towns of Blackpool and Morecambe, from elegant villages to Presence and Engagement Parishes. It is divided into 14 Deaneries and two Archdeaconries (Blackburn and Lancaster). We have parishes of all traditions and are strongly committed to the principle of mutual flourishing.
Outline of Terms and Conditions
Interview date: Monday 23rd October 2023
Employer: You will be employed by the Blackburn Diocesan Board of Finance
Salary: £56 753
Hours: This is a full-time role based on a 35-hour working week, but the post holder may be required to work additional hours as to meet the reasonable requirements of the role. The post holder will be entitled to time off in lieu for attending meetings outside normal office hours which may include evenings and weekends.
Location: The post holder will be based at the Blackburn Diocese Board of Finance, Clayton House, Walker Office Park, Blackburn, BB1 2QE. The nature of the role requires regular travel around the diocese, and sometimes beyond. A smartphone and laptop can be provided to assist remote working.
Pension: The default for staff is a Royal London Pension Scheme, 10% Employer contribution 2% minimum employee contribution. Clergy can opt into the Church of England Clergy Pension Scheme via a salary sacrifice. Details of this are available on request.
Annual leave: The full-time entitlement is 25 days (not including statutory bank holidays) in the first year of employment rising by 1 day per completed calendar year up to a maximum of 30 days per year. This is pro rata for part time employees. The holiday year runs from 1 January to 31 December.
Additional discretionary days (non contractual) may be given between Christmas and New Year.
Probationary period: The appointment is subject to the satisfactory completion of a six-month probationary period.
Notice Period: During the six-month probationary period two weeks’ notice is required on either party. Thereafter you will be required to give six months’ notice should you wish to resign.
Expenses: Working expenses are paid at the diocesan rates.
Right to work: The post-holder must have the right to reside and work in the UK.
Diversity - The Board of Finance believes that diversity enables us to thrive and develop and is committed to race equality, welcoming applications from UK Minority Ethnic backgrounds
Blackburn diocese is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. All post holders and volunteers are expected to share this commitment