We are seeking a committed, mission minded individual (Clergy or Lay) to work part time (0.5) alongside the full time Church Growth Officer as part of the Flourishing Churches Team across Hertfordshire.
This is an exciting time to be participating in God’s mission across the Diocese. Our vision is to be a diocese Living God’s Love with generosity, joy, imagination and courage. We are committed to enabling each local church and every Christian to go deeper into God, make new disciples of Christ and transform communities. To be a growing church of mission our goal is to create a vibrant church of traditional modes and fresh expressions .
The aim of this post is to catalyse spiritual and numerical growth in the benefices of Hertfordshire alongside the Senior Church Growth Officer, through provision of support, training and strategic input that enables the effective implementation and resourcing of parish Mission Action Plans.
Working as part of a committed and talented group of colleagues within the Mission Department, our new post-holder will play a key role in inspiring and enabling church growth. The 0.5 Church Growth Officer will form part of the Church Growth Team within the department, along with the Senior Church Growth Officer (full time), Bedfordshire Church Growth Officer (0.5) and a part-time Administrator (0.6).
If you are also interested in other 0.5 posts the diocese is currently advertising, please do get in touch for a conversation.
Each year, through regular and intentional engagement, the person appointed will work with a minimum of eight benefices across the archdeaconry. (Benefices will be identified in consultation with the Bishop and the Archdeacon). The outcomes that will be worked towards are:
· Facilitation of Mission Action Plans planning for Parish Teams.
· Support with the process and implementation of locally contextualized Mission Action Plans that encourage growth in all aspects of ‘Living God’s Love’.
· A 12-14 month program of engagements with 4 to 5 interventions working through mission objectives. This longer term approach includes holding parishes to account with their actions and being a ‘critical friend’
· In addition, the CGO will work towards the establishment and facilitation of a learning community for parish teams of lay and ordained leaders that enables mutual learning and sharing of good practice between parishes. Learning community facilitation uses coaching techniques for which training will be provided as necessary.
· Effective development of Christian giving in parishes that links vision and plans with giving of time and funding that in turn enables the implementation of MAPs.
The successful candidate, lay or ordained, will have:
· A mature Christian faith with a passion for mission and a committed involvement in the life of a church.
· Experience of mission and church growth, and a clear understanding of strategic planning.
· A commitment to Mission Action Planning, the Living God’s Love vision for mission and growth within the Diocese of St Albans, and the blended economy of traditional and new forms of church.
· Experience of inspiring, encouraging, resourcing and motivating others.
· An ability to get on with people from a wide range of backgrounds and to work effectively with people across the range of Anglican traditions.
· Proven experience of being able to work towards the achievement of measurable outcomes.
· An understanding of theory and practice regarding the nurturing of disciples in traditional and new forms of church.
· Understanding of how Christian giving links to the development of vision for churches’ growth.
· An appreciation of the missional context of today and the diverse contexts across the diocese.
· The ability to work as a team player with demonstrable skills in collaboration and shared leadership.
· The ability to work independently in handling a diverse workload and keeping to
deadlines, with a ‘can do’ attitude, at ease in fluid and flexible contexts.
· Good listening skills - theologically reflective and with the ability to be a critical friend of all forms and traditions of church..
· The ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing and to use information technology and social media to support their communications.
· Competent administration and budget-managing skills.
· Experience in organising, facilitating and leading training.
· The ability to be able to visit parishes and attend meetings throughout the diocese.
· Experience of or willingness to learn coaching techniques.
Please see the attached Job Application Pack for further details.
During the last five years, the St Albans Diocesan Vision, ‘Living God’s Love’, has brought fresh focus and energy to the mission of our diocese, encouraging us to go deeper into God, transform communities and make new disciples.
An evaluation of ‘Living God’s Love’ showed that whilst progress has been made, a major challenge continues. Almost all indicators of attendance in the Diocese of St Albans have dropped by around 10% in the last five years, even though our population has grown by 10% during the last 10 years. Engagement with children and younger people is worryingly low – e.g. only 0.4% of 18-25 year olds are attending our churches (not including fresh expressions of church or Soul Survivor).
In response we are aiming to stimulate growth and create a vibrant church in two main ways:
1. Making 8000 new disciples of Christ by developing fresh expressions of church and equipping leaders – through the Reaching New People project.
2. Promoting growth through the Church Growth Officer posts (2.0 FTE) by enabling our inherited or traditional modes of church to engage more actively in mission – principally through the development of Mission Action Plans that are intentional about mission and through the coaching of church leaders.
Further information about the Diocese is available from our website: www.stalbans.anglican.org