Lay Leadership Development Adviser

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Fixed Term Full Time
£38000 - £40000

We are looking for an energetic, committed disciple to play a key role implementing the recent diocesan report on Lay leadership and Lay Ministry that complements national initiatives, particularly Setting God’s People Free and Serving Together. This will include being an advocate for lay leadership across the Diocese of Southwark.

This post offers the opportunity to be part of achieving Southwark Vision 2017-2025, which is communicated as ‘Walking, Welcoming, Growing’, working with others to put it into practice. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to make a real difference to the development of sharing of God’s mission across a vibrant, large and diverse diocese.

The role will involve:

  • Identifying and disseminating good practice across the Diocese
  • Supporting the development of new ways of enabling and equipping lay volunteers in the Diocese to undertake leadership roles.
  • Encouraging participation from Parishes and Deaneries in sharing good news of effective Lay Leadership.
  • Developing partnerships with other organisations to affirm lay roles in the ‘sent church’
  • Developing and connecting with appropriate regional and national networks.

It will require a passion for empowering the laity in the life of the Church, great communication and networking skills, collaborative team working and a project management approach to your work. Experience of parish life and of working with volunteers will be required as you work through the opportunities that lie ahead. This is a chance to make a real difference to the life of our Diocese.

Please download the Vacancy Information Pack for full role details.

This is initially a three year fixed term position, open to all, lay or ordained.

Person Specification


  • Project management skills
  • Experience of working with or managing volunteers .
  • Evidence of collaborative team working and good networking skills
  • A passion for the empowering of laity in the life of the Church
  • Ability to articulate lay leadership clearly and in a complementary way with clergy leadership
  • Excellent presentation skills including written and oral skills
  • Ability to manage own work and time, prioritising where necessary
  • Able to be flexible in working hours, for weekend and evening work when required.
  • A committed, practising Christian with experience of parish life .


  • Knowledge of different models of lay leadership, and lay ministry
  • A good knowledge of structures and different traditions within the Church of England.

Founded in 1905, the Diocese of Southwark forms part of the Province of Canterbury in England and is part of the wider Church of England, in turn part of the worldwide Anglican Communion. the Diocese covers primarily the area of Greater London which is South of the Thames, together with the eastern part of the country of Surrey. It is one of the largest dioceses in terms of population and parishes and well as one of the most diverse.

The Diocese of Southwark provides a generous annual leave entitlement, inclusion in a non-contributory pension scheme and season ticket loan (see outline terms and conditions).