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Diocesan Church Growth and Planting Enabler


This is a new post to increase the capacity in existing churches to focus on Growing Disciples: wider, younger, deeper and to help facilitate the planting or grafting of New Worshipping Communities (NWC's)

For informal discussion please contact The Revd Canon Dr Richard Kellett, Director of Discipleship & Ministry on 07866 171785 or by email Richard.kellett@southwell.Anglican.org

Post Introduction

Principal Tasks:

  • Supporting the diocesan aim of 90% of parishes/benefices with clear and compelling 5-7 year vision and focused 12-18month plans for Growing Disciples wider, younger and deeper. This will include working closely with colleagues within the Discipleship & Ministry Team (Principal of the School of Discipleship and Ministry Development Advisor).
  • Encourage churches to put on appropriate seeker and nurture courses; advising and training on the variety that are available.
  • Establish a Church Planting Course (potentially for the region) in collaboration with +Ric Thorpe
  • Provide the training and equipping of teams to develop NWCs (plants, grafts, revitalisations, fresh expressions of church etc) including strategy, operational, finance and legal matters.
  • Work with senior staff and local stakeholders to prepare the ground for NWCs and support NWCs as they grow to maturity.
  • Contribute to and report from regional and national networks.

Role Responsibility

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Helping Parishes develop and implement their own strategic plans for Growing Disciples
  • Develop an appetite throughout the diocese across all church traditions for planting and grafting NWCs
  • Inspire, train and coach individuals and teams to set up NWCs
  • Work with leaders of potential Resource Churches to increase capacity and enable regrowth after planting

The Ideal Candidate

Essential requirements

  • passionate about NWCs to help the church reach wider
  • a track record of initiating and developing NWCs
  • knowledge of, passion for and skills in growing disciples
  • experience of building and leading successful teams
  • ability to design and deliver training events and courses
  • ability to write and edit written materials and courses.
  • good communication skills, both spoken and written
  • computer literacy

About Us

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 (http://youngerleadershipcollege.org/) 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.


Theres 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 its beautiful country parks, stately homes and sporting prowess its home to Trent Bridge, the National Water Sports Centre, and Nottingham Forest and its easy to see why it is such a popular destination for tourists, students, shoppers and sports fans (and we havent 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, isolatedhamlets 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 Bishops 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.

Click here to find out more about our work



Bishop Paul Williams explains our vision for Growing Disciples Wider Younger Deeper


Bishop Paul Williams Easter message filmed at the new Trinity Church, Nottingham


A prayer
God of Mission,
who alone brings growth to your Church.
Send your Holy Spirit to bring vision to our planning,
wisdom to our actions, faith to our lives,
hope to our communities,
and love to our hearts,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


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