Two reports to General Synod, Serving Together and Setting God’s People Free, have highlighted the importance of lay leadership and ministry in the Church of England and underscored the importance that these roles play in resourcing lay vocation and witness in the world. In response to the recommendations of these reports, Ministry Division is seeking to appoint a national Lay Ministries Officer to promote and support lay ministry. The post holder will work in partnership with those in leadership and governance roles across the whole range of ministries, including Readers, Pioneers and Evangelists, Worship Leaders and Pastoral Assistants. In recognition of the importance of this role, the post holder will be a member of the Senior Management Team, resourcing Ministry Council contributing to the setting of strategy.
Interview date- Friday 15th February 2019
To raise the profile of lay ministry within the Church of England; to support the work of dioceses in growing vocations to lay ministry, ensuring appropriate training, and sharing best practice in lifelong learning insofar as they relate lay ministers
The main responsibilities for this role are;
- Sharing in the strategic leadership of Ministry Division as a member of the Senior Management Team, with a particular emphasis on ensuring that lay ministry remains a key component of the thinking, strategic planning and resourcing of the work of Ministry Division.
- Developing a clear narrative on the place of lay ministry in the life and witness of the church and working with colleagues to help articulate the contribution this makes across multiple work streams in the Renewal and Reform programme, including Vocations, Discipleship, and Setting God’s People Free.
- Acting as an advocate for lay ministry and influencing bishops and diocesan officers to promote the quantity and diversity of lay ministry in the Church of England
- Ensuring effective communication with bishops and diocesan officers over matters to do with lay vocation, discernment and training.
- Sharing in the development of culture change within the Division to ensure that the Division is experienced as collaborative, responsive and professional by bishops, TEI’s and diocesan officers.
- Directing the Events Officer in project managing national and regional events to promote and develop the national conversation and learning communities around lay ministry.
- Setting up a reference group including membership from across the diversity of lay ministries, and ensuring that there is BAME representation on such a group.
- Bringing together diocesan lay champions, lay ministry officers or lay training officers to share best practice on a regular basis.
- Contributing as a member of the reference group for the lay ministries research being carried out by Research and Statistics – and in due course bringing recommendations to Ministry Council based on this research, in particular with regard to targets for increasing vocations to authorised or commissioned lay ministries.
Please see attached job description for full requirements of main responsibilities
The ideal candidate for this role should have;
- Experience of lay ministry within the Church of England or of working closely with lay ministers in a diocesan setting
- Personal Experience in managing complexity, demonstrating experience in managing multiple work streams and stakeholders while retaining a clear grasp both of the bigger picture and the necessary detail.
- Experience in project management, including responsibility for planning, execution and budgets.
Knowledge and Skills
- A clear grasp of the way in which lay ministry forms an integral part of the shared ministry of the Church of England, and how this operates cooperatively with ordained ministries in serving the church.
- A clear grasp of the variety of lay ministries, both authorised and commissioned within the Church of England, their diversity and the way in which they respond to local context
- Awareness of recent initiatives in the Renewal and Reform of the Church of England including those relating to evangelism and discipleship
- The theological resources to develop a compelling narrative about lay ministry capable of influencing the wide diversity of stakeholders within the Church of England
- Enthusiastic and outgoing, able to work with a wide variety of stakeholders
- Efficient and well organised, able to manage their own administration in a timely and well prioritised manner and comfortable with a range of Office applications
- Confidence, authority and sensitivity to interact with bishops and diocesan officers to promote the quantity and diversity of lay ministry in the Church of England
- Willingness to work across the breadth of tradition within the Church of England and to support that diversity within the five guiding principles
- Personal maturity and emotional intelligence that will contribute to the development of culture change within the Division, acting in a collaborative, responsive and professional manner with stakeholders.
- Is able to travel and to work at weekends from time to time
- Experience in working with data and statistics, for example in social science research
- Experience in communicating through social media in a third sector or business setting
Please see attached job description for full requirements of the ideal candidate
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