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Rural Mission Enabler

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Rural Mission Enabler                                

Based in Mid Hampshire

Full time, fixed term 3 year contract

Salary £36,350 pa (plus 15% pension contribution)

We are seeking a Rural Mission Enabler to plan, initiate and deliver change-related activities to support three Benefice of the Future pilot projects. These pilot projects are part of our nationally-funded Winchester: Mission Action programme.

Benefice of the Future aims to serve the ministry and mission of our rural parishes more effectively and to renew and revitalise their distinctive mission. The planned approach is highly participatory, embracing the diversity within each benefice and building commitment to new ways of working.

You will have experience and understanding of rural church, including strategies for growth. In addition, you will be able to demonstrate a record of success in: Leading groups and organisations through processes of change; managing projects; and facilitating group creativity, innovation and learning, preferably including action learning sets.              

  • 35 hours a week with 25 days holiday per annum  
  • Application pack is available at: https://www.winchester.anglican.org/vacancies/

Application closing date: 1.00 pm on Friday 16 February 2018

Interview date: Thursday 8 March 2018

CVs will not be accepted

Post Introduction

RURAL Mission Enabler

Job Description     

Responsible to: Head of Strategic Development

Main Purpose: To plan, initiate and deliver change-related activities to support, encourage and equip the three pilot benefices in the Benefice of the Future project, especially their leadership teams.

To assume day-to-day responsibility for managing the Project activities in the pilot benefices and, as a member of the Project Team, ensure the desired outcomes are achieved.

Hours: Full Time (35 hours per week) worked flexibly to accommodate the needs of the role.         

Salary: £36,350 per annum               

Spine Point: 14

Appointment Term: Fixed term for 3 years

Background and Context:                       

The Diocese is a community of communities, under the leadership and oversight of the Bishop of Winchester. It is made up of thousands of Christians in a network of churches, schools and community projects, supported by our clergy and professional staff, serving a population of 1.3 million people across the county of Hampshire and parts of Dorset.

In 2017 the Diocese launched its new 3-year mission strategy, Winchester: Mission Action, which includes the Benefice of the Future project. The aim of the BoF project is to serve the ministry and mission of our rural parishes more effectively and to renew and revitalise their distinctive mission. Central to this is creating three pilot multi-parish benefices of sufficient size to provide enough internal resource, produce efficiency of scale and permit diversity and differentiation. Equally important is culture change within each pilot benefice, embracing innovation, experimentation and learning in areas such as leadership, organisation, communication and missional activities. The planned approach is highly participatory, embracing the diversity expected within each benefice and building commitment to new ways of working.

The Rural Mission Enabler will report to the Head of Strategic Development within the Diocesan Chief Executive’s Team, and work closely with the Project Champion for Benefice of the Future (the Archdeacon of Winchester).

Main Responsibility

Responsibilities and Purpose:

  • Implement and periodically review the strategy and project plan for BoF, ensuring timely and effective programme delivery with measurable outputs in each pilot benefice.
  • Build and manage excellent relationships with key stakeholders in each pilot benefice, with the Church of England’s National Rural Officer and, through the Project Champion, with rural initiatives in other dioceses.
  • Build commitment within pilot benefices and between the leadership teams of these benefices.
  • Work with pilot leadership teams (and others where appropriate) to identify training needs and deliver training (or access training where necessary, working closely with the School of Mission)
  • Provide consultancy and coaching for benefice leadership teams to develop skills and understanding of leadership roles, change management, growing healthy churches and other relevant skills sets.
  • Promote, establish and co-ordinate Action Learning Set group meetings.
  • Work with the School of Mission in their resourcing of the pilot, particularly with the youth and children’s support staff, fresh expressions resourcing and BCM trainers.
  • Arrange venues, speakers, training, and coordinating resources, through the Project Champion, responding to the needs as discerned by the pilot benefices.
  • Coordinate with specialist Diocesan staff to explore options and deliver resources for pilot benefices in relation to ICT and other capital expenditure;
  •  Work with the archdeacons to explore ‘lighter governance’.
  • Identify and resolve issues which may impact on the implementation of the Project Plan.
  • Develop and oversee the operational plans and associated budgets for each pilot benefice, as required by the Head of Strategic Development.
  • Ensure resources are managed in the most productive and cost-effective way possible, with the budget suitably proportionate to the funds available.
  • Work with the benefices to ensure good and relevant record keeping is up-to-date (both qualitative and quantitative data will be required).
  • Collect and store data appropriately and complete monitoring reports, as defined by the Head of Strategic Development.
  • Establish and produce baseline measures for each pilot benefice, monitor and report progress, as required by the Programme Board.

Key Relationships:

  • Head of Strategic Development
  • Project Champion (Archdeacon of Winchester)
  • Project Officer
  • Operational Programme Board
  • Benefice Project Team Leads


The following general principles should be observed:

  • The role is a 3-year fixed term employed post and subject to a probationary period of 6 months.
  • The designated office base for this role will be The Diocesan Office, Old Alresford Place. The diocese has two main offices, the post holder will be expected to work from whichever base is appropriate in order to facilitate a particular task. The two offices are located:
  • Old Alresford Place, Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 9DH
  • Wolvesey, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9ND
  • The post holder will also be required to work from different offices and locations around Hampshire.
  • This is a full-time post (35 hours per week) with working times varying according to the needs of the work including some evening and weekend work, as well as, potentially some overnight stays. The role requires a flexible approach to working hours. The post holder will manage their own hours in accordance with the Working Time Directive. Support in applying the WTD is available. The role holder will be required to keep a record of their working hours and share that record with their line manager on request.
  • As the post holder will be required to travel about the diocese, often to remote locations, having access to one’s own transport will be essential.
  • The role holder will have an understanding of, and empathy for, the work of the Church of England as well as the mission, ministry and priorities of the Diocese.
  • The role is offered on the basis of the role holder having a right to work in the UK.
  • Holiday entitlement is 25 working days plus Bank Holidays (or a day off in place of a Bank Holiday worked). The post holder will be required to use the annual leave booking system.
  • The Employer will be The Winchester Diocesan Board of Finance. As such the role is under the leadership of the Chief Executive Officer. WDBF policies and procedures are directly applicable to the role. WDBF Employee Terms and Conditions apply.

This job description and person specification is not an exhaustive list of tasks and responsibilities.

The Ideal Candidate

Person Specification:

Education and Qualifications

  • Educated to at least degree level preferable with a relevant post graduate qualification and evidence of continuing professional development.

Background and Experience

  • A proven enabler of others with a track record of leading groups/organisations through processes of change.
  • Experience and understanding of rural church, including strategies for growth.
  • Record of success in project planning, co-ordinating activities and managing resources.
  • Proven ability to enable group creativity, innovation and shared learning. Experience of establishing and facilitating Action Learning Sets desirable.

Skills and Personal Competencies

  • Change Management - the skills, knowledge and experience required to excel in relevant areas, such as: Facilitating group and organisational change; strategy implementation; leadership and team development; consultancy/coaching/mentoring; action learning; process design and re-engineering; information and communication technologies; and relationship management/stakeholder engagement.
  • Creativity and Innovation - encourages and facilitates creative learning spaces for project participants by: Creating a safe space for openness and shared learning; encouraging curiosity, playfulness and creativity; guiding sense-making concerning current situation; helping others to imagine future possibilities; applying structured approaches to identify and rank promising ideas; supporting development of new concepts; and stimulating shared learning.
  • Project Management – ensures project is delivered on time and within budget through: Analysis and planning; organising activities; monitoring results and changing priorities; resource management; data collection and reporting.
  • Personal Initiative – takes responsibility and accountability for tasks and actions; knows when discussions need to turn to action; identifies opportunities and acts upon them; and tries different and new ways of dealing with problems and opportunities.
  • Relationship Management - builds rapport and maintains long-term relationships with key stakeholders; confident, professional and approachable manner; excellent interpersonal skills; able to be robust yet polite, exerting influence without authority.
  • Collaborative Team Working - acts as part of the Programme Team and works towards achieving team goals and outcomes.
  • Effective Communication - communicates well and puts across thoughts and ideas through a variety of communication methods; able to research, digest, analyse and present material clearly and concisely.
  • Organisation and Administration - has excellent organisational skills and strong administrative skills, including the ability to utilise standard Microsoft Office packages, social media applications, and the interest and ability to expand knowledge and use of other software packages.
  • Flexibility and Adaptability – works under own initiative with the flexibility and adaptability to juggle a range of different tasks and remain calm and efficient when under pressure; comfortable taking decisions with a degree of ambiguity.
  • Confidentiality - complete discretion and confidentiality when dealing with sensitive information and conversations.


  • A person who is already committed, or will commit, to the strategic priorities of Winchester Diocese (growing authentic disciples, re-imagining the Church, being agents of social transformation and practicing sacrificial living and good stewardship of all that God has entrusted to us through our belonging together in Christ).
  • Current driving licence and access to a vehicle

You must apply via our website. The full application pack will be found at:


The job advert, job description and application forms are on there.  Please complete the application forms.

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The Diocese of Winchester is not only the people, churches and schools that make it up, but also an organisation that supports those communities and governs the Diocese.

Founded in 676AD it is one of the five senior dioceses of the Church of England. The Diocese consists of about two thirds of the County of Hampshire and most of Bournemouth in the County of Dorset, excluding Portsmouth and the area immediately to its north and north-east.

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