Parish Giving Advisor

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The Palace, Hereford
Fixed Term Full Time

The Diocese of Hereford is committed to growing its Christian communities and needs a highly skilled person to encourage a Diocesan-wide spirit of generosity to secure resources to make this happen.

We have the fastest take-up of the Parish giving scheme in the country yet actual levels of giving in the Diocese remain very low. If you have the skills and experience to encourage generous Christian stewardship, then please get in touch.

We are looking to appoint a Parish Giving Adviser covering our Hereford and Ludlow Archdeaconries to implement our generous giving strategy. This aims to broaden the understanding of and engagement with stewardship across the diocese and help deliver a step change in giving to facilitate sustainable and holistic church growth.

The primary role is to be 'on the road' meeting with Parochial Church Councils (PCC's), treasurers, incumbents and congregations to encourage and enable them to identify and then find the resources necessary to fulfil their mission. The role involves the continuing promotion and take up of the national Parish Giving Scheme.

Developing a culture of generosity is essential if we want to help the church to be a transforming Christian presence across our communities. We have a parish offer (not share) scheme, have seen the fastest take up of the Parish Giving Scheme nationally over the past 12 months and yet there is still an urgent need to build our future church on a sustainable financial footing.

Main Responsibilities

  • Fully implement the Parish Giving Scheme; encouraging parishes not just to sign up but also to increase giving using it.
  • Deliver and oversee the diocesan Generous Giving Strategy
  • Grow, lead and train an honorary giving champion team to work across the diocese and take a direct support role for parishes.
  • Promote an understanding of the principles of Christian giving and planned and proportionate giving as part of discipleship
  • Get alongside deaneries, benefices and PCC's in all their diversity, equipping and resourcing their stewardship both theologically and practically in line with mission action plans;
  • Support PCC’s to encourage innovation and creativity, identifying and promoting good practice in budgeting, maximise giving and harnessing new ideas and ways of giving– including contactless payments, legacy policies, investment of reserves; applying for Gift Aid; and use of online giving tools.
  • Gather and make accessible a range of effective resources or training events that can support and energise a culture of generous giving;
  • Introduce a legacy policy for the Diocese and encourage PCC’s to adopt their own.
  • Promote the use of existing toolkits (crossing the threshold), support minister expertise and national resources
  • Play a part in training PCC officers, particularly Treasurers, in developing PCC budgets and sustainable stewardship plans that are mission focused and aimed at growing the Church;
  • Liaise with others to identify priorities for supporting particular PCCs and to target those unable to contribute towards the parish offer or in need of support;
  • Encourage a ‘can do attitude’ by challenging traditional thinking and celebrating good practice;
  • Communicate effectively to spread understanding and accurate information about the Diocese’s finances;
  • Produce and interpret statistical information on levels of giving;
  • Represent the diocese within the Church of England in relevant networks and events;
  • Undertake other reasonable duties as required.

The Ideal Candidate

  • An encourager with the ability to get alongside and enthuse others;
  • Be passionate about giving, with a ‘can do’ attitude
  • Ability to build personal credibility and confidence through delivering results
  • Be robust, able to deal with a range of views, challenging feedback and entrenched positions. This role is about breaking through barriers and changing cultures
  • A pragmatist, exercising sound judgement and decision making
  • Persistent, to keep going and then going again. Willing to work at times to suit others
  • Persuasive communicator, able to influence at all levels within the Church
  • Innovative with the ability to think ‘outside of the box’ to solve problems and develop solutions by listening and tailor solutions to each situation
  • Practical ideas and technical skills around parish finance
  • Demonstrable knowledge of, and interest in, ‘giving’, its evolution and opportunity
  • Ability to build volunteer networks and work collaboratively with a diverse range of stakeholders
  • Proven experience of helping to create and lead change; overcoming resistance and barriers, identifying solutions to barriers and blockages to change
  • Analytical ability to interpret data and use this to prioritise areas to focus on
  • Ability to launch initiatives and ensure people sign up and engage with them.
  • Understanding of tax efficient giving, gift aid, online funding tools, legacies, friend schemes
  • IT literate and proven ability with Microsoft Office applications
  • An understanding of Christian theology and biblical principles of Christian giving.

About Us

Our worshipping community is made up of 12,800 people of all ages and backgrounds.

Nearly 8,000 people attend a service each Sunday and 12,000 children attend one of our 78 schools and academies.

With 420 churches - we are the Church of England in Herefordshire, south Shropshire and parts of Monmouthshire, Powys and Worcestershire.

Our usual Sunday congregations are the largest proportion in the country at 3.9%.

Our clergy and readers also carry out 55% of funerals in the diocese, the highest percentage in the Church of England and we are second for the number of baptisms. 27% of babies born in our diocese are christened and welcomed into our church family.

(Source: Church of England Statistics for Mission 2016)

We were founded in 676 AD and cover roughly 1,650 square miles with many of our church buildings of historic importance.

Serving 326,000 people we are part of the Church of England which itself is part of the wider Anglican Communion.