Wellbeing and Ministry Development Adviser

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Southwell, Nottingham

Serving flexibly within a highly motivated and dynamic Discipleship & Ministry Team seeking to make a strategic contribution to a bold diocesan Growing Disciples strategy.

Contribute to the delivery of ministry training and development in the diocese as a whole with particular responsibility for licensed ministry (clergy and lay) wellbeing, CMD, MDR and spiritual direction. Enabling all clergy and lay leaders to be abounding in the work of the Lord (1 Cor 15:58) while also abiding deeply in Christ (John 15:4).

The person will be an Ordained Anglican Priest with a track record of significant parish experience (at least five years as an incumbent)

Closing date 12 May 2019

Interviews 22 May 2019

Principal Responsibilities (including limits of responsibility):

  • Bringing a vision for how clergy and lay leaders can flourish as people in life and ministry
  • The clergy and lay minister Ministerial Development Review (MDR) process
  • Provision of Continuing Ministerial Development (CMD) training
  • Clergy sabbatical and CMD grant applications
  • Oversight of the Provision of Spiritual Direction

Principal Tasks:

  • Wellbeing – help to establish and embed a culture in which good relational, mental and emotional health are seen as fundamental to Christian ministry. Introducing systems of measurement and improvement.
  • Provide good resources and contribute teaching to support those clergy and lay leaders who are sharing the complex challenges of growing larger resourcing churches, as well as those grafting and planting new worshipping communities
  • MDR – manage the process including: the matching of reviewees with reviewers, training of new reviewers, arranging the annual reviewers gathering, the compilation of stats from MDR reviewee feedback, adding to the MDR material where necessary.
  • Ministerial Development Review follow-up: facilitate all the MDR Follow-Up meetings which leads to ongoing pastoral engagement and vocational development work with individual clergy
  • Sabbatical Co-ordination and support
  • Managing CMD grants
  • Arranging ongoing training and development for licensed ministers including that provided by the diocese, signposting to other providers, creating appropriate 1:1 consultancy opportunities for clergy development
  • Spiritual Direction: oversight of the training of spiritual directors and their ongoing support, hold the register of Spiritual Directors and directees, advise those seeking a Director.
  • Engage with all aspects of the diocesan mission to enable people to flourish in ministry, as directed by the Director of Discipleship & Ministry (including youth ministry, younger leaders, and ordinands in training).
  • Essential requirements
  • An affinity with the diocesan vision and strategic priorities in Growing Disciples
  • Empathy and alignment with the Church of England vision for Renewal & Reform
  • a track record of significant Parish experience (at least five years as an incumbent)
  • knowledge of, passion for and skills in adult education and training
  • experience in providing mentoring and coaching
  • a proven track record in collaborative working
  • ability to design and deliver educational events and courses
  • ability to write and edit written educational materials and courses.
  • good communication skills, both spoken and written
  • awareness of safeguarding issues in relation to ministry
  • mediation, negotiating and arbitration skills
  • ability to network beyond the immediate focus of the role
  • computer literacy.
  • Desirable requirements
  • Postgraduate theological qualification
  • an academic qualification in adult education
  • experience of supervising voluntary staff
  • evidence of academic leadership at undergraduate level.

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.


There’s 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 it’s beautiful country parks, stately homes and sporting prowess – it’s home to Trent Bridge, the National Water Sports Centre, and Nottingham Forest – and it’s easy to see why it is such a popular destination for tourists, students, shoppers and sports fans (and we haven’t 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, isolated hamlets 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 Bishop’s 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