At the heart of the calling to serve each of the diverse communities of the region is a renewed commitment and focus on a Transforming Church vision, ‘Growing churches at the heart of each community’. This vision was first discerned in 2009 and has continued to capture the essence of the Church of England Birmingham ministries, mission and energy for innovation. It is expressed uniquely by parishes, in their newly forming Oversight Areas, across refreshed deaneries and as a diocese of multiple charisms. It is a calling to be transformed, and together to be an active, transforming church. We believe that God is sovereign, Jesus is alive, and the Holy Spirit is active among us. At the heart of all our activities is the desire to continue to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ, inviting others to follow him, seeing our churches grow and the city and region transformed.
Interviews will be held on Friday 15 December at Bishop’s Croft, Old Church Road, Birmingham, B17 0BG
References and an Episcopal Reference will be taken up prior to interview.
The Bishop of Birmingham is seeking a spiritually mature, theologically able, liturgically literate and administratively competent Anglican priest to act as Chaplain to support him in his ministry in the Diocese. The role has strategic, liturgical, administrative and pastoral and legal components and the Chaplain will be expected to take initiative in each of these areas. The person appointed will possess wisdom and energy, be hopeful and expectant and able to work in a focused and efficient manner. They will be adaptable, discrete, and able to deal with challenging situations with care and resilience.
The main responsibilities for this role are:
Pastoral and Administrative
These duties outline those which will fall within the responsibility of the Bishop’s Chaplain. However, as the Bishop of Birmingham is new into this role and the support structures are not finalised, some of these responsibilities may be shared with other roles.
The ideal candidates should have:
In addition, the post-holder will need to
This post will be responsible to The Bishop of Birmingham
The Chaplain will work from an office at Bishop’s Croft. Housing on site will also be provided.
Salary of £28,545 (equivalent to the diocesan Stipend) plus housing provided for the better performance of the duties of the role and membership of the Church of England Funded Pension Scheme for Clergy
Working expenseswill be reimbursed on a monthly basis from the Bishop’s Office on behalf of the Church Commissioners. Car mileage will be reimbursed at the prevailing Church Commissioners’ rate.
The expectation is of a similar time commitment as a parish priest. As a general rule the Chaplain will be expected to share in morning worship outside office hours, and to keep office hours of 9.00 am to 5.00 pm with a break for lunch. There is an expectation of some work, and ministry being exercised, outside office hours. There will be some evening commitments. The rest day is generally a Friday or Saturday.
There is a generous annual leave allowance per year. This is exclusive of public holidays, however working on some of these days, especially around festivals, will be required for which compensatory time of in lieu is given. The leave year runs from 1 January to 31 December. Holiday dates have to take into account the Bishop’s own holiday dates and that of other staff at Bishop’s Croft where possible and ensure adequate cover in the Bishop’s Office.
The Chaplain is encouraged to have a Spiritual Director, to make an annual retreat, to attend CME and the annual Bishops’ Chaplains Consultation.
In order to facilitate the maintenance of a healthy and balanced ministry and life style, it is recognised that the Chaplain will wish to undertake responsibilities within the life of the Church or wider community that are outside this job description. These should be agreed with the Bishop before being accepted, and, in any conflict of time or interests, commitment to supporting the work of the Bishop will be expected to take priority.
The Church of England Birmingham is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where all can be themselves and bring their unique identity to their ministry and/or work.
We welcome applications from any individuals who feel that they meet the person specification for any post, in particular from those who are currently under-represented in or staff teams such as those from Global Majority Heritage or UK Minority Ethnic backgrounds, those with visible or invisible disabilities and those who identify as LGBTQI+.
The Bishop of Birmingham and Church of England Birmingham is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. All post holders are expected to share this commitment.
This role is subject to acceptable pre-appointment checks, including references and a satisfactory Enhanced DBS Check.