Director of Learning for Discipleship & Mission

Posted 17 days agoExpires in 10 days
Birmingham
Permanent
£45,000 (lay) or stipend and housing allowance (ordained)

Birmingham is the UK’s second city with the youngest urban population in Europe and one of the most lively and diverse regions. Church of England Birmingham covers an area of nearly 300 square miles, including parishes, chaplaincies, new Christian communities and schools across the city of Birmingham and parts of Solihull, Sandwell, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

Right at the heart of what we do there are over 187 Church of England places of worship with an average weekly attendance of 17,000 from a population of 1.5 million. These churches represent a wide scope of Church tradition and breadth of diversity.

For the past 10 years, Transforming ChurchGrowing churches at the heart of each Community, has informed our strategy for mission and ministry, with our 7 areas of transformation and 10 transforming church goals widely established. Our Growing Younger initiative which flowed from this and received Strategic Development Funding from the Church Commissioners, has been reaching and impacting many new young people, children and families over the last few years. A further successful funding bid enabled us in 2017 to embark on a new phase of Transforming Church which we called “Shaping the Future”. As part of this, a new team was established in 2018 to develop fresh learning streams in contextual mission, lay leadership, pioneer ministry, church planting, and intercultural understanding.

Background

We are now looking for a new Director of Learning for Discipleship and Mission to take forward the work of this existing team, and to lead in fresh approaches to supporting growth in discipleship and missional leadership within the Church of England Birmingham. This exciting opportunity comes at a key time when in faithfulness to our calling to proclaim the gospel afresh to each generation, we are re-shaping our organization of mission and ministry to support our priorities. Through our People and Places Programme, which is in the early stages of implementation and envisages a wide complement of diverse ministries, lay and ordained, working alongside each other in new Deanery areas, we are seeking to:

  • Develop new patterns of Christian community suited for mission in the 21st Century Birmingham-city region.
  • Resource parishes and new Christian Communities in mission planning and making new disciples.
  • Release Christian women, men and young people to live out their baptismal vocation as witnesses and disciples of Christ in their everyday lives and communities.
  • Strengthen the ministry of the whole people of God through encouraging vocation, discerning call and equipping for leadership and ministry.
  • Renew patterns of ordained and lay ministry for leading, guiding and sustaining an inter-cultural missional church in diverse communities and neighbourhoods.

Fundamental to our core mission emphasis of Transforming Church is a renewed culture of learning for discipleship, mission and ministry, offering an economy of flexible, modular pathways and learning communities for both individuals and teams, enabling lay and ordained to discern and fulfil their Christian calling through growth in character, knowledge and skill.

This transformative learning will be focused in three inter-related and complementary areas and it will be essential that there is strong collaboration between these areas, all of which are under the oversight of the Bishop of Aston:

  • Learning for Discipleship and Mission - including the development of more confident disciples in their different spheres of life and work, lay leadership, and vocation to ministry
  • Ministry - including the development of licensed lay and ordained ministries
  • Parish Mission Supportincluding mission consultancy, facilitation and resourcing of parish mission planning

The Role

The new Director of Learning for Discipleship and Mission will be integral to forming the new learning culture. Collaborating with the Director of Ministry, Head of Ministry Formation, Director of Parish Mission Support and other colleagues within the diocese and West Midlands region, s/he will bring a mission-oriented theological creativity to the design, delivery and review of learning opportunities which foster more confident disciples and leaders in mission.

The Director will:

  • oversee the creation of flexible, modular programmes and learning communities to support the development of discipleship, lay leadership, pioneer and church-planting ministries.
  • As part of a creative approach to new learning, develop and make full use of opportunities for on-line and web-based learning.
  • support the work of developing discipleship and contextual, indigenous leadership within parishes, and within the diverse multi-ethnic and socio-economic settings of the diocese, with a particular focus on fostering Anglican minority ethnic leadership.
  • work in collaboration with the Head of Ministry Formation to develop a refreshed approach to foundational learning for those who will go on to train as Readers, ordained local ministers and other specific authorised ministries.
  • work in collaboration with the Director of Ministry to offer an integrated approach to continuing ministerial education development for clergy and authorized lay ministers, enabling them to benefit from the new missional learning streams and modules.
  • work with the Diocesan Director of Ordinands, Warden of Readers, Vocations team, to stimulate new vocations, and especially to re-imagine the further potential of lay vocations and ministries.
  • liaise closely with the Director of Parish Mission Support to ensure that programmes and learning opportunities continue to support the Transforming Church mission strategy and the priorities of People and Places.
  • along with other colleagues, advise the Bishop in overseeing new developments in discipleship and ministry that are happening in the Church of England nationally, particularly those flowing from the Setting God’s People Free report, other current work on discipleship and lay ministry, fresh expressions and pioneer ministry. (N.B. In Birmingham, episcopal oversight of the area of vocations and ministry is delegated to the Bishop of Aston.)
  • line-manage members of the existing Mission Learning and Development Team. These currently include:
    • Urban Estates Mission Enabler (p/t 0.5)
    • Mentoring Co-ordinator (p/t 0.5)
    • Fresh Expressions Enabler (f/t)
    • Intercultural Mission Enabler (p/t 0.5) (NB. The post holder is also Dean of Black and Asian Minority Ethnic Affairs p/t 0.5, line-managed by the Bishop of Birmingham)
    • Growing Leaders Co-ordinator (p/t Post currently vacant)
    • Mission Apprentice Coordinator (p/t)
  • Work with the Shaping the Future Programme Manager to monitor and assess progress in meeting the targets of the on-going StF initiative which received Strategic Development Funding.

The Ideal Candidate

We are looking for someone with a strong and prayerful Christian faith and a love for God’s Church, who has the following qualities and experience:

Teamwork and collaboration

  • Approachability and adaptability – being able to work well with a wide and diverse range of people
  • A desire to grow, develop and encourage others
  • Experience of building and leading successful teams (staff and volunteers), with a track record of working collaboratively
  • A willingness to contribute to and work with the other teams in the Church of England Birmingham
  • Comfortable working within the complexity of a large organisation, which encompasses working towards both short-term delivery of programme and longer-term strategic vision and outcomes.

Knowledge

  • An understanding of the breadth of the Church of England, its frameworks, strengths and weaknesses with experience of and a commitment to work positively within it
  • An understanding of the issues involved in adult education and formation in discipleship
  • A general understanding of missiology and ecclesiology
  • Knowledge of appropriate methods of appraising courses and learning programmes.
  • A degree (Bachelors or Masters) in theology or equivalent

Experience

  • Experience of developing and providing training in a church contexts
  • Experience in facilitating adult learning and developing creative learning material for discipleship
  • Experience of critically evaluating a range of teaching approaches and content for a variety of learners.
  • Experience of mission and ministry in different contexts
  • Experience of working successfully in a strategic role
  • Experience of budget planning and control
  • Experience of managing a wide range of activities and prioritising successfully to meet deadlines

Communication

  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Preaching or public speaking experience
  • Understanding of the value of social media and an ability and desire to use it well

A valid driving licence and access to a vehicle.

Background Reading

Interested candidates may it find it helpful to refer to the following Diocesan documents:

Transforming Church vision – 7 Areas of Transformation and 10 Diocesan Goals

Shaping the Future booklet – an introduction

Oversight Ministry paper supporting People and Places programme

An Invitation to exploreBeing the Church of England Birmingham Here and Now, A paper on ecclesiology produced by the Bishop of Birmingham,

A Reflection on current and developing patterns of Lay Ministry in C of E Birmingham

In addition, it would be helpful for candidates to be familiar with the two recent Church of England reports:

Setting God’s People Free

Serving Together – Lay Ministry Working Group

Terms and Conditions

  • The Director of Learning for Discipleship and Mission will report to the Bishop of Aston.
  • This is a full-time permanent post. (Subject to satisfactory probationary period of 6 months)
  • The successful post-holder may be lay or ordained.
    • If lay, salary of £45,000 plus membership of the Church Worker’s Pension Scheme (12% employer contribution).
    • An ordained Anglican minister, will be paid a stipend at the level of a Birmingham Residentiary Canon (£27,655 2018/19) plus housing allowance and contributions to the CofE Funded Pension Scheme for clergy.
  • Holidays: 25 days per year plus Bank Holidays plus 3 additional Diocesan Discretionary Days
  • The employer is the BDBF (Birmingham Diocesan Board of Finance) and the post holder will be based at the Diocesan Offices, 1 Colmore Row, Birmingham.

Deadline for Applications: Wednesday 27 February 2019

Interviews: Wednesday 13 March 2019

(To be held in our offices at 1 Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2BJ)

If having read the role details and associated documents, potential candidates would like an informal conversation about the role, please phone Nicola Booth on 0121 426 0402 to arrange a phone conversation with The Rt Revd Anne Hollinghurst, Bishop of Aston.