Head of Vocations, Ministry Division
The Church of England has set itself a target of increasing by 50% vocations to the priesthood by 2020-2021 and to maintain the higher number beyond that. Through a well-developed strategy for Growing Vocations to Ministry good progress is being made towards this target, but there is a need to maintain focused attention on the goal to provide high quality ministry across the church and to achieve greater diversity among the candidates coming forward.
Through national initiatives such as the Great Vocations Conversation, the Head of Vocations will seek to encourage activity in local settings, such as parishes, chaplaincies and schools that can contribute to an increase in vocations to ordained and lay ministry. They will oversee the creation of good quality resources that help improve the quality of those local conversations. They will encourage and facilitate the sharing of good practice.
This work sits alongside and supports the work of encouraging people to live out their Christian faith in all aspects of their daily lives.
Similarly, this work complements the work of advising bishops with regard to discernment and selection for ordained ministry, which is currently managed by a team within Ministry Division.
This is primarily an outward facing role, which might suit someone with experience in vocations work, communications, marketing, or the charity sector. It needs someone who has a passion for enthusing and encouraging others.
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