Bishop’s Chaplain

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The Church of England in Lancashire seeks to make the Gospel of Jesus Christ known to the people of the county.

Our focus is to live out Vision 2026 under the mission statement 'Healthy Churches Transforming Communities', which has the key aims of making disciples of, being witnesses to, and growing leaders for Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. The purpose is to have much to celebrate in 2026, the centenary anniversary of the founding of the Diocese.

Progressing the Vision is the first priority of the Bishop of Blackburn and his senior team; all Diocesan work is set in this context.

Interviews will take place on Tuesday 14th May 2019

The Bishop is now seeking a Chaplain to support his work in leading the Diocese.

The Bishop will appoint a prayerful, personally mature, theologically able and administratively efficient priest with recognised experience of the Church of England to act as his Chaplain.

The essence of the role is to do everything possible to assist the Bishop in serving the churches, chaplaincies and communities across the county. The Diocese of Blackburn has over 250 parishes, numerous sector based ministries and a membership of 34,000+, all serving a population of 1.3 million.

Core responsibilities of the role

Office and work organisation

  • Manage the Bishop’s Office; efficient management of the work in the office and across the Bishop’s desk, filtering away what the Bishop does not need to engage with in correspondence and emails and highlighting those matters that require his attention.
  • Ensure that the Bishop is fully and appropriately briefed for all engagements and meetings


  • Ensure that there is effective and efficient communication among the Bishop’s Senior Staff and between the Bishop’s Office, Diocesan offices, and Cathedral. And beyond to ecumenical partners, to interfaith relationships, to General Synod, the House of Bishops and other bodies in which the Bishop has an interest.
  • Build on the network of contacts for the Bishop in relation to the civic, commercial, educational and institutional life of the county

Prayer and Worship

  • Be responsible for and share in worship with the Bishop and colleagues including daily Morning Prayer and weekly Eucharist in the chapel at Bishop's House.
  • Liaise with Cathedral and parish clergy and chaplains regarding arrangements for services at which the Bishop will preside and preach, ensuring all liturgical and travel details are covered and well prepared. Attend as appropriate.


  • Be a personal support to the Bishop and a friend to his household
  • Be available as someone to whom the Bishop can talk in confidence

The Chaplain may be required to take on other duties that are commensurate with the role.

Additional Duties and Accountabilities

Culture and behaviour

  • Live a Christlike life in accordance with the teaching of Scripture
  • Do everything possible to ensure the fruitful ministry of colleagues across the Diocese and in the Diocesan Boards and Councils and Synods.


  • Understand and manage clergy discipline, capability and grievance procedures, with full regard to the relevant legislation and the Diocesan Registry
  • Serve as a member of the Diocesan Safeguarding Management Group
  • With colleagues, prepare all clergy movement notices, liaising with the Registry and colleagues with regard to ordinations, licences and other legal documents

Staff management

  • The Chaplain is responsible for all staff in the Bishop’s Office and conduct their annual appraisals.
  • From time to time additional staff management may be required if individuals are employed or volunteer for specific related roles supporting the Bishop.

Resource management

  • Manage the resourcing of the Bishop’s Office, planning and structuring this as is best for the work required.
  • Manage the relationship with the Church Commissioners in regard to costs of the Bishop’s ministry and associated support.

Please see job description for full main responsibilities requirements

Experience, knowledge, training and qualifications

  • Strong organisational skills. These may have been developed in a range of roles and environments, pre and post ordination
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. Ability to tailor words and pictures to different audiences
  • Ability to follow process rigorously when necessary; happy to be flexible when that is required; judgement to know the difference
  • Understanding of the organisational structure and dynamics of the Church of England
  • Literate, respectful and welcoming of different church traditions; the complementarity of the team is a key feature. Theologically alert and liturgically skilled

Aptitudes, abilities

  • Ability to think strategically and pragmatically: how do we push this forward?
  • Capacity to ‘hold’ a wide range of tasks, responsibilities and priorities
  • A perceptive listener and discerner
  • Relationally strong; able to conduct challenging conversations
  • Flexible – “What different way might we tackle this?
  • Ego under control; keen to continue learning
  • Strong desire to serve the church in Lancashire and see it become healthy and have a transformative impact on each local community.

Please see job description for full ideal candidate requirements

For more information about this application process, please use this link

For information about Blackburn diocese please click here

For further information about the role please contact Rt Revd Julian Henderson,