Project Development Officer - Buildings for Mission

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To help parishes and communities make greater missional use of church buildings through development and implementation of the diocesan strategic buildings project, Buildings for Mission. The project seeks to assess and understand our buildings as places of worship, mission and growth in the mid-21st century and offer the change management needed to ensure their viability and sustainability.

Please note: applications MUST be made on our own application form (see below and at NOT via Pathways.

The principle task is to identify and strategically prioritise locations where there are opportunities and need for mission and church growth. The aim is to bring about the change necessary to enable church communities in the Diocese of Worcester to be more effective in their stewardship of church buildings as places for mission and worship in a sustainable way as laid out in the Diocesan Kingdom People vision (section 8).

  • Understanding and reviewing the results of the 2017/18 Buildings for Mission survey; engaging with key stakeholders to fully appreciate the current situation, both quantifiably through data and qualitatively in church communities. It is anticipated this will involve commissioning statistical analysis from a professional statistician.
  • Within the task group, identifing strategic locations and viable projects to form both the overall vision and also the first tranche of deliverable outcomes for the project.
  • Enabling congregations and clergy to recognise the value of the church building as the key operating premises for the mission of the church in the locality, including activities beyond their primary role as a place of worship.
  • Developing the methodology and/or toolkit with which to engage church communities to strategically assess their missional requirements for buildings and how to develop the strands of missional use: ‘key mission’, ‘local mission’, ‘occasional use’ or ‘alternative use’.
  • Developing and agreeing action plans (embracing patterns of use, physical adaptations and repairs, capital and revenue budgeting, and management / governance arrangements) with a number of church communities to fulfil the potential of their buildings to support the mission to be undertaken.
  • Liaising with statutory bodies, particularly Historic England and the local planning authorities, to enable a well-informed approach to be taken to strategy.
  • Building relationships with external bodies and communities to support individual and collective church communities.
  • Helping church communities identify and access funding sources for repairs; assisting in developing robust fundraising strategies, organising and managing major repair projects including liaison with professional advisors.
  • Within parishes that qualify under the Low Income Communities fund, identifying projects that may benefit with the input of project management and to facilitate and support this.
  • Evaluating outcomes of the project at key intervals with a view to the further development of the project, including financial resources needed to support the agreed action plans.


  • Support the Church Buildings Team to promote a culture of regular preventative maintenance on church buildings and empowering church communities to do so.
  • Maintain and build relevant data structures across the team to support effective working.
  • Prepare budget and grant applications and monitor expenditure against budget.
  • Be generally self-supporting in terms of your own day-to-day administration needs, events and diary management.
  • Comply with health & safety legislation.
  • Keep in contact with relevant developments nationally and in other dioceses to ensure that the project remains congruent of national developments.
  • Develop personal and professional skills through training, being familiar with current developments in the conservation of church buildings as places of mission and ministry as well as for wider community use.
  • Undertake other duties as required to fulfil the main purpose of the job.

It is essential that the person appointed will:

about mission:

  • be passionate and prayerful about enabling spiritual, missional and numerical growth in the Church.
  • be committed and able to deliver work within our Kingdom People values: love, compassion, justice and freedom.
  • be able to inspire, nurture and encourage people in faith and mission and have credibility with both clergy and lay people;
  • possess a willingness to relate to and value all traditions in the Church of England and other denominations and religions.

about church buildings:

  • be empathetic and committed to the role of church buildings as centres of Christian worship and mission in the context of the diocesan Kingdom People vision;
  • have an empathy for the care, conservation and development of church buildings;
  • have knowledge and experience of the role of externally-obtained funding (preferably within the life of the church and churches) and experience in applying for and utilising this funding.

about working with others:

  • have experience in managing projects with numerous stakeholders and have an entrepreneurial approach to project delivery;
  • be able to work independently in handling a diverse workload and in keeping to deadlines;
  • enjoy working with others as part of a team;
  • appreciate the context and role of people working in a voluntary capacity in parishes, communities and diocesan committees;
  • have good communication and presentational skills, both oral and written;
  • be able to balance conflicting or differing needs and perspectives, be happy to challenge and critique whilst inspiring and encouraging;

more generally:

  • be able to use up to date IT hardware /software including word processing, database, e-mail and the internet and have a positive attitude and aptitude to using new hardware /software;
  • be able to travel regularly, widely and flexibly in both the rural and the urban parts of the diocese. A current driving license is essential unless suitable alternative arrangements can be made;
  • be willing to work outside normal office hours, as some work in the evenings and at weekends will be core to the effectiveness of the role;
  • have a satisfactory outcome of a Basic Disclosure & Barring Service check.

The Diocese of Worcester has 279 churches in 195 parishes, mostly located within the ceremonial county of Worcestershire and the borough of Dudley. The diocese has examples of churches from all ages and architectural styles but many struggle to provide the facilities required to be fit for purpose as a spiritual and community resource. The diocesan vision, Kingdom People, holds purposeful and sustainable buildings as one of its key characteristics for the mission of diocesan churches to the people in our communities.