Principal of the School of Discipleship

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Jubilee House, Southwell, Nottinghamshire
Agency Worker
£42670 - £42670

We seek to be a diocese where every Christian and each local church has a compelling vision and plan for ‘growing disciples, wider, younger and deeper'

With the appointment of the Revd Dr David Emerton as the centre Director for St
Mellitus, East Midlands we seek a Principal to further develop the successful RealLIFE
programme of discipleship training and the recently revised Licensed Lay Ministry
training. As well as devising and implementing other initiatives

To be for the diocese an outstanding bible teacher and theological trainer who combines theological depth with inspirational application, gifted to preach in a range of settings including our larger ‘Resource Churches’, church weekends and one-off teaching events

To lead and facilitate the delivery of discipleship training and development in the diocese as a whole with particular responsibility for the development and delivery of lay discipleship training, including for authorised lay ministries

To directly provide training to inspire and equip clergy and licensed lay ministers/readers in their further theological studies to resource ministry, especially in preaching and discipleship formation

  • Preaching and Teaching across the diocese as an inspirational resource able to foster an appetite for bible teaching, spiritual formation and theological study
  • Work closely as a key player within the emerging model for context-based ordained theological training in the region
  • Responsibility for initial training of Licensed Lay Ministers (IME1-3)
  • Oversee the continued development and delivery of the new LLM training course
  • Encouraging lay discipleship in parishes through the delivery of the Real Life course and the continued development of a team of lay and ordained volunteers who will help deliver.

  1. Essential requirements
  • Gifted bible teacher and preacher able to inspire confidence and credibility in a range of parochial and extra-parochial settings.
  • Some experience and awareness of a Theological Education Institution
  • relevant post-graduate theological qualification
  • parish experience with understanding of the dynamics of Resource Churches and empathy for the opportunities and challenges in church planting and grafting
  • knowledge of, passion for and skills in adult education and training
  • good levels of emotional intelligence, able to inspire confidence in others and form good working relationships with all ages
  • proven experience of teaching and training among students and younger people

  1. Desirable requirements
  • a doctoral level qualification in an appropriate core theological field
  • experience of supervising staff as well as a diverse range of associates and volunteers
  • proven organisational and administrative gifts

• Directly provide training to inspire and equip clergy and licensed lay ministers/
readers in their further theological studies to resource ministry, especially in
preaching and spiritual formation

Join our great adventure

We seek to be a diocese where every Christian and every church has a compelling vision and plan for 'growing disciples, wider, younger and deeper'

Wider as we seek to find fresh ways to speak about Jesus and grow disciples among the 1.2m people living across the diocese who are not yet engaged in the worshipping life of a local church (98% of population)

Younger as we seek to grow disciples and develop leaders among new generations in a young diocese (Nottingham is the fourth youngest city in UK with over 50,000 students)

Deeper as we seek to grow disciples with a confident faith in Christ who are making a difference in every sphere of life, helping shape the culture and character of society.

Working in Southwell & Nottingham is an adventure and a challenge – the opportunities for mission are immense, the people are open and friendly and forward looking; there are also areas where the church is desperately needed to work with, and be a voice for, the poor and needy.

We are not just talking about growth, we are praying and acting in new and exciting ways to make it happen; we launched a Younger Leadership College in Autumn 2016 ( with the aim of developing 1,000 younger leaders to servce in the Church and wider society.

A new resource church has opened in Nottingham in an abandoned auction house that sits on one of the main roads into the city centre; Trinity Church is now a growing, diverse congregation working with our existing churches to bring Good News to the city.

Other new ventures are planned in the rural centre of the county – work is now under way to start a new, distinctive church - market towns and former mining communities.

However, it is in the development of our core ministry in every parish that we recognise potential for the most significant further growth. We have a programme over the next seven years to equip 25 resource churches which will be beacons of growth, supporting other churches in training for discipleship and leadership; also helping to plant and graft 75 new worshipping communities.

And we are aiming to welcome 7,000 new disciples into the fellowship of Christ and his Church by 20xx, people who have realised that there is nothing better anyone can do with their life than to become a follower of Jesus.


There’s a lot to discover in the fascinating county of Nottinghamshire: rolling farmland and quiet woods; a cosmopolitan city offering the best in entertainment; two first-class universities; world-leading design and technology companies; fine architecture – and Robin Hood.

Add to that it’s beautiful country parks, stately homes and sporting prowess – it’s home to Trent Bridge, the National Water Sports Centre, and Nottingham Forest – and it’s easy to see why it is such a popular destination for tourists, students, shoppers and sports fans (and we haven’t even mentioned its literary heritage, the mighty River Trent so popular with rowers, sailors and anglers, and the modern tram network that whisks people around Greater Nottingham).

The Diocese incorporates the whole of Nottinghamshire and a small slice of South Yorkshire, and has a breadth of ministry that covers tough former mining communities and city estates, isolated hamlets and villages, and historic market towns.

Working for change

On any one day, people from our congregations will be feeding the hungry, finding shelter for the homeless, providing meals for the lonely, working with the elderly and supporting asylum seekers and refugees – in 2016 the Bishop’s Lent Appeal raised more than £12,000 to help refugees and asylum seekers.

We also support Nottinghamshire Rural Support, a charity that helps farmers and their families, and have pioneered work to reduce debt, including the launch of Lifesavers projects in primary schools, which encourage children to save and also teaches them about finance and budgeting.

We are active in protecting the environment through our Freedom of Creation group – many of our vicarages now have solar panels – and we have a group of Workplace Chaplains who work with employers large and small to support the wellbeing of employees.

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