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Bishop's Chaplain

Please Note: The application deadline for this post has now passed.


This is a significant position of strategic responsibility supporting the Bishop and his team in the delivery of the key priority to Grow Disciples: Wider, Younger, Deeper.

We seek to be a diocese where every Christian and local church has a compelling vision and plan for Growing Disciples.  (http://southwell.anglican.org/growing-disciples-wider-younger-deeper/

The Chaplain will assist the Bishop in key areas such as strategic development, pastoral care, clergy training and research. 

The role will also have some liturgical and administrative responsibilities alongside having oversight of the spirituality and prayer that underpins the work of the Bishop’s senior team. 

Post Introduction

The Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham is looking to appoint a chaplain, lay or ordained, to share and support his ministry, and particularly:

  • to pray with him, and to provide liturgical, spiritual and practical support
  • to assist him in creative mission and theological exploration
  • to enrich his public ministry across Southwell and Nottingham and more widely
  • to provide appointments and administrative assistance to the Bishop’s Team 

This post can be shaped to suit the qualities of the individual and it will be intellectually and pastorally rewarding, with a strong liturgical element. 

For an informal discussion about the post, please email amy.jones@southwell.anglican.org 

or Tel 01636 817996

Interviews will be held on the 5th February 2018 

Role Responsibility

The Chaplain will work in particularly close collaboration with the Bishop’s Executive Assistant who provides oversight in managing the bishop’s team, office and diary.


Strategic Implementation, Recruitment and Development

  • To support the Bishop in liaising with colleagues over matters of strategic development in the mission of the diocese.
  • To support the Bishop in the implementation of core elements around the priorities in 'Growing Disciples, wider, younger, deeper', particularly in aspects of recruitment and orientation of new clergy.
  • To attend to the spirituality and prayer that underpins the work of the Bishop's senior team in discerning the 'next steps' in mission development (being open to fresh opportunities) and the well-being of the Senior Team in sustaining momentum during a season of considerable growth.


  • To share responsibility, with the Bishop, for worship and prayer in the life of the Bishop’s staff including the monthly senior staff meetings and meetings of the Bishop’s Council.
  • On the Bishop’s behalf, to consult with and advise the Dean, Precentor and Incumbents on the planning and execution of any service within which the Bishop plays a part.
  • To oversee planning for key services across the diocese, including confirmations and institutions. To support the Bishop at these services as requested.
  • To assist in the planning and smooth delivery of worship at Bishop’s Study Days and at the annual Diocesan conferences.
  • To advise on and provide bespoke prayers and liturgies, faithful to the Anglican tradition, for a variety of civic and ecclesiastical occasions.

Training and Research

  • To assist the Bishop in aspects of clergy leadership training and development
  • To research any matter required by the Bishop
  • To assist and support the Bishop in his teaching ministry and deanery visits as needed.
  • To brief the Bishop as required.


  • To be a person to whom the Bishop can turn and speak to in confidence.
  • To assist the Bishop with both daily matters, and those of a theological or disciplinary nature.
  • To support the Bishop by meeting pastorally with clergy lay leaders as appropriate, particularly newer incumbents.
  • To oversee the administration of the Clergy Discipline Measure.
  • To be the first point of contact in the Bishop’s Office for safeguarding matters.  To liaise with the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser and to attend Core Group case meetings on behalf of the bishop.
  • To help to ensure good communication between the Diocesan, Bishop’s and Cathedral staff, especially Bishop, Dean, Archdeacons, Registrar, Chief Executive and the Communications Department.
  • To respond to ‘Bishop to Bishop’ enquiries and reference requests as required by the Bishop.


  • To support the Executive PA in the management of the Bishop’s Office in Jubilee House and also at Bishop’s Manor.  
  • To facilitate, and if required be secretary to, meetings held by the bishop as required.
  • To liaise with the Registry department regarding the issue of licences and Permission to Officiate to clergy, ensuring that the necessary checks have been completed.
  • To oversee administration for C4 applications and the Overseas Clergy Measure.
  • To co-ordinate planning for the Bishop’s annual Week of Prayer and to play an active part in promoting and organising ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ prayer gatherings.  Working closely with Area Deans and the Communications department in this area.
  • To be in attendance at other meetings including Bishop’s Council and Diocesan Synod.
  • To be responsible, on behalf of the Bishop, for the efficient administration of processes such as Data Protection and clergy appointments within the office and act as Health & Safety Officer for the Bishop’s office.


  • The Chaplain offers advice to the Bishop of Sherwood (Suffragan Bishop) on request, providing liturgical advice to the Bishop of Sherwood whilst being responsible only to the Diocesan Bishop.
  • To rescue the Bishop from the pressure of the present moment, guarding his humanity, and ensuring faithfulness to the wider vision of his ministry.
  • To assist the Bishop and his wife in their personal ministry and mission.
  • The Chaplain will be expected to be a regular worshipper in a local congregation.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Will work to the Bishop, his agenda and priorities, focused on assisting his ministry.
  • Will be emotional intelligent with a strong ability for reading people and situations, relating well across a diverse range of ages and personalities.
  • Will need to be theologically alert, able to work to tight deadlines, to meet a broad set of demands, and to welcome assembling resources on a wide variety of subjects.
  • Will enjoy working as part of a small team, and have the spontaneity and natural generosity which interdependence requires.
  • Will naturally provide pastoral support to the Bishop’s Staff, with a proven capacity to work calmly and effectively through more stressful seasons of ministry.
  • Will be computer literate, and able to draft texts, letters, memos and other documents to a high standard.
  • Will show complete loyalty in public, and work to the highest levels of confidentiality.
  • Will, by agreement with the Bishop, be able to follow such theological and pastoral interests as develop to support his ministry as Chaplain.
  • Will be good and creative with liturgy, able to lead effectively diverse forms of worship
  • Will have a passion for evangelism, growing disciples and church growth.
  • Will be able to quickly develop a good working knowledge of the vacancy processes of the Church of England and an ability to liaise with the Archdeacons, Area Deans and Patrons
  • Will be confident and assured in following due procedure in supporting the bishop in all matters relating to safeguarding and clergy discipline.
  • Ordained candidates will have substantial ordained experience.

About Us

We are the Church of England across Nottinghamshire and parts of South Yorkshire.

The Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham is a network of over 300 churches in communities right across Nottinghamshire and some parts of South Yorkshire.

We believe there is nothing better anyone can do with their life than become a follower of Jesus Christ.

People of all ages and backgrounds are choosing to follow Jesus every day. Over the coming years we want to welcome many more.

We seek to be a diocese where every Christian and local church has a compelling vision and plan for 'growing disciples, wider, younger and deeper.' Serving God together we can make a bigger difference in the communities where we live and serve.

For further information please visit http://southwell.anglican.org/  

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