We are looking for an experienced Programme Manager to take a lead role in managing a change programme and the implementation of our “People & Places” Programme.
Birmingham is the UK’s second city with the youngest urban population in Europe and one of the most lively and diverse regions. The Church of England, Birmingham, covers an area of nearly 300 square miles and includes parishes in the West Midlands including Birmingham and parts of Solihull, Sandwell, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.
Right at the heart of what we do there are over 180 Church of England places of worship with an average weekly attendance of 17,000 from a population of 1.5 million. These churches represent a wide scope of Church traditions with different contexts (rural, suburban, market town, outer estate and inner urban) and a breadth of ethnicity. Increasingly our city is described as ‘super-diverse.’
Since 2009 Transforming Church has informed our strategy for mission, with our widely established seven areas of transformation and ten transforming church goals. Our Growing Younger initiative which flowed out from this has been reaching and impacting many new children and families over the last couple of years. Following a broad review of our vision, in 2017 we started a new phase of Transforming Church, called ‘Shaping the Future’ to extend and underpin the work we are already doing with new resources. It focusses on building capacity, sustaining momentum, increasing growth, and embedding our commitment to mission and transformation within the culture of our church at a deeper level, releasing the gifts of many more people, lay and ordained.
Principally, ‘Shaping the Future’ is concerned with a programme of church planting, fresh expressions, church revitalisations and more Growing Younger initiatives, alongside the creation of a new Mission Learning and Development Team to help underpin this with expert training and support.
As this vision continues, our attention has turned to the long-term viability and sustainability of our parishes and their mission and ministry. Work is underway on a broad review of:
This is being called PEOPLE & PLACES (P&P).
We are trying to resolve the conundrum that the Church of England expects our congregations in Birmingham diocese (with a usual Sunday attendance in 2016 of 2,100 children and 10,750 adults, of whom around 7,500 are regular givers) to provide the majority of the funding for ministry and mission to our growing population of over 1.5 million.
In the past, ministry and mission was funded largely by the historic endowments of the National Church. Those endowments are now used for specific growth initiatives, to support poorer areas and to support clergy in retirement. We need to move to a mixed economy of pioneers/plants and fresh expressions of church in a new missionary movement alongside the treasured inherited church, as envisaged by Shaping the Future. This means we need to recast the inherited church, and the financial situation demands action now.
In Birmingham, because of our lack of historic endowment, we are at the bridgehead of the changes required nationally in the church and seek to respond in imaginative ways which will ultimately grow the church and enable it to flourish in the future but with fewer financial resources. This will involve identifying and training around 70 or so oversight ministers, alongside local and context-specific ministers, reorganising how ministry is done in many of our parishes. Finding the right way to go about this is at the heart of People & Places.
The full People & Places framework as it stands currently can be found here
Whilst not necessarily an Anglican, you will be a practicing Christian* who shares our passion for Transforming Church and enabling spiritual and numerical growth in the church. As a skilled programme manager, you will be able to bring a proven track record of delivering strategic change initiatives, ideally from a range of contexts.
You will combine strong project management, organisational and analytical skills with a flair for engaging people and generating momentum. You will have the wisdom to tailor your application of different approaches to a church environment which is decentralised and features low control; “what will work best here?” is the key question.
You will have:
* This post is subject to an occupational requirement that the holder be a practicing Christian under Part 1 of schedule 9 to the Equality Act 2010 because of its representational role within the Diocese.
The interviews for this post will take place on Monday 17th December 2018.
For an informal conversation about the role please contact: Ven. Simon Heathfield, Archdeacon of Aston on 0121 426 0428 or SimonH@cofebirmingham.com