The Diocese of St Albans
Diocese of St Albans consists of the counties of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire and part of the London Borough of Barnet. The population is some 1.9 million, and the total electoral roll number is approximately 35,000. The Bishop of St Albans has overall responsibility for the Diocese. He is assisted by two suffragan bishops, the Bishop of Bedford and the Bishop of Hertford, who in turn are assisted by the Archdeacon of Bedford and the Archdeacons of St Albans and Hertford. There are twenty deaneries and the Diocese has 336 parishes, of which about one third are rural, 201 benefices, 400 churches, 238 stipendiary clergy, over 50 self-supporting clergy, 160 clergy with Permission to Officiate and over 250 Lay Readers. There are 138 church schools and academies in the Diocese. The parishes in the Diocese have begun a fresh expression of church and have new worshipping communities linked to them.
Living God’s Love
This is the vision of the parishes, church schools and chaplaincies in the Diocese. This vision is grounded in our love of God and love of neighbour, flowing from God’s love for us. Its three priorities are:
Going Deeper into God: Transforming Communities: Making New Disciples
Using Mission Action Planning, we are developing confident and outward-looking mission and evangelism, leading to spiritual and numerical growth, the transformation of our communities and the growth of God’s kingdom in the world. The Diocesan Synod (the elected decision making body of the Diocese) and the Bishop’s Council, as the Standing Committee of the Synod, have a key role in formulating diocesan policy. The statutory work of the Church and support to the parishes is provided by the staff of the Diocesan office, located at Holywell Lodge in St Albans. Teams of officers are responsible to three separate bodies, which report to the Bishop’s Council and are ultimately accountable to Diocesan Synod:
Reaching New People
Under the umbrella of Living God’s Love, we have made a commitment as a Diocese New Worshipping Communities through an exciting project called ‘Reaching New People’ (RNP), funded in part by a Strategic Development Grant. This seeks to make new disciples of Christ and to grow flourishing Christ-centred churches. There is currently a comprehensive programme of vision days and training events. Care is also taken to acknowledge, value and accommodate the range of traditions present in the diocese through inherited and established forms of church. Our ‘Flourishing Churches’ work covers this important area.
The Bishop of St Albans is seeking a Chaplain who is pastorally sensitive, theologically able and liturgically literate as well as being socially aware and administratively competent to support him in his episcopal ministry in the diocese. The successful candidate should also have excellent interpersonal skills, genuine emotional intelligence, be able to deal with delicate and sensitive matters in a professional manner along with a high level of IT competence. They should also be able to work in a close knit team and be at ease in a role that is self-effacing with little public recognition.
If you would like to discuss the role further please contact Andy Crooks, the current Bishop’s Chaplain on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01727 229076
The closing date for applications is Monday 4 December 2023 at midday.
Interviews will be held on Monday 11 December 2023.
The main responsibilities for this role are:
The ministry of the Bishop’s Chaplain is to support and facilitate the ministry of the Bishop of St Albans, working as a member of a small, dedicated team.
The person appointed as Bishop’s Chaplain will:
Resource and support the bishop in his ministry
Coordination of the work of the Bishop’s Staff
Assist the Bishop in the support of the clergy of the diocese
Office duties as a team member at Abbey Gate House
To carry out other duties from time to time as required by the Bishop.
The ideal candidate should have:
The following qualities are desirable:
In addition, the post-holder will need to
Non-clergy staff will be automatically enrolled into the Pension Builder 2014 Pension Plan (PB2014) in line with legislation unless they choose to opt out. Clergy already in the Church of England Funded Pensions Scheme (CEFPS) will have the option of either remaining in this scheme or joining the PB2014 scheme.
Bishops Staff have an income protection insurance arrangement. To be eligible for cover under this policy an employee must be a member of the (PB2014) scheme. Please note that insurance cover is not necessarily automatic, and that underwriting may be required by the schemes in some instances (for example if you do not join the scheme at the first available opportunity or opt out of the scheme and subsequently re-join). Cover will be subject to any terms and conditions laid down by the insurance company.
As we are a member of the Armed Forces Covenant, we welcome applications from those who have served in our Armed Forces and their families
We are committed to building a culturally diverse workforce. As part of this commitment, we welcome applications from people, regardless of their background. As a Disability Confident committed employer, it is important to note that there may be occasions where it is not practical or appropriate to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria* due to high volume. We limit the amount of interviews conducted to five applicants per open post we advertise.
*Where applicable depending on post requirements.