Diocesan Director of Ordinands

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Edward King House, Minster yard, Lincoln

The Ministry team in the Diocese of Lincoln consists of those officers, full- and part-time, who work with clergy, Readers and Authorised Lay Ministers in the Diocese. We aim to provide them with professional support, training and development to work effectively with the many and diverse communities within the historic county of Lincolnshire, which now includes the Unitary Authorities of North Lincolnshire and North-East Lincolnshire.

We aim not only to support the ministry of others but to be active ministers ourselves, working within the diocese.

Please Note: This post is subject to an Occupational Requirement - Section 9 of The Equality Act 2010 and requires the holder to be in ordained ministry in the Church of England, or of a church in communion with it.

Interviews will be held at Edward King House, Lincoln on 28 March 2019.

The post of Diocesan Director of Ordinands is a long-standing one and this is a revision and refocussing of the terms of that post arising partly out of the appointment of a separate officer for Initial Ministerial Education Phase 2 [post ordination] and also the need to develop new strategies in harmony with recent thinking on vocations within the Church of England as a whole.

The post-holder will be expected to work collaboratively with colleagues in the Mission and Ministry teams and particularly the Bishop of Grantham as Sponsoring Bishop; the Ministry Team Lead; the Warden of Readers; the Assistant DDO’s and Vocations Advisors in the diocese; and staff of the Lincoln School of Theology in order to:

  • Develop an active culture of vocational encouragement across the diocese for ordained, Reader, pioneer and Accredited Lay ministries;
  • In particular to promote younger vocations, Black, Ethnic Minority vocations and to ensure that all sectors of the population are represented in the diocese’s ministerial body;
  • To lead in the establishment of the Lincoln Ministerial Experience Scheme;
  • To promote the growth of “indigenous” vocations from within the diocese as well as working with colleagues to develop the “Lincoln Offer” through which candidates for ministry may be attracted from other parts of Britain to serve in the diocese;

Also to contribute to the Lincoln School of Theology with a particular emphasis on embedding continuing vocational discernment.

Will have …

  • A qualification in Theology to at least first degree level from a recognised university;
  • A commitment to their own professional development.
  • A demonstrable commitment to and understanding of ordained and lay ministry: stipendiary and voluntary, licensed, accredited, formal and informal, in the Church of England.
  • An active and on-going ordained Christian ministry from which others might draw inspiration.
  • A willingness to meet and work with people across the diocese in their own localities.
  • An understanding of the processes of ministerial recruitment and training in the Church of England and a sensitivity to the pressures and the joys of the exercise of ordained, licensed and accredited ministry, especially in the varying contexts that characterise the Diocese of Lincoln.
  • An understanding of the changing role of and expectations on ordained ministers in the Church of England.
  • Skills in interviewing and a good judgement of the potential of prospective candidates for ministry.
  • A capacity to organise their priorities and their work in line with the strategic objectives of the Diocese of Lincoln and within it of the Ministry Team;
  • An ability to work over a sustained period without detailed supervision;
  • Notwithstanding the above, a capacity for, and commitment to, working collaboratively and flexibly as a member of a team within the diocese;
  • An ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with colleagues in the diocesan offices; also with clergy and others across the diocese and those doing similar work regionally and nationally;
  • An ability to manage the budget allocation for ordination candidates, under the oversight of the Ministry Team Lead.

The diocesan offices of Edward King House are situated by the medieval Bishop’s Palace in the historic Cathedral Quarter of Lincoln. Edward King House was formerly the home of Bishop Edward King, Bishop of Lincoln between 1885 and 1910. A beautiful Grade II-listed building, a feature of Edward King House is St Hugh’s Chapel, which provides the setting for regular services.

The diocesan offices are overlooked by the magnificent Lincoln Cathedral and they are close to Lincoln Castle, home of the 1215 Magna Carta and the 1217 Charter of the Forest, plus many shops, eateries and further places of local history and interest.

Other benefits include:

  • Annual leave of 25 days per annum, plus 8 Bank Holidays (pro rata)
  • Up to 4 non-contractual days of holiday gifted between Christmas and New Year (when the offices are closed)
  • A half-day holiday on Maundy Thursday
  • Competitive pension scheme with Royal London
  • Life insurance of three times annual salary
  • Occupational sick pay (staged) after 6 months
  • Child care voucher scheme
  • Daily Eucharist held in St Hugh’s Chapel, which is optional for all staff
  • Supported continuing professional development linked with job role and professional development
  • Weekly social gathering for staff (‘Cofftea’)