We are seeking to appoint a new Director of Ordinands (DDO) to play a key role within our Diocese. Our Diocese is shaped by an exciting vision and strategy for growth, Transforming Church, Transforming Lives (TCTL), within which our DDO bears responsibility for the recruitment of future clergy as well as contributing to the development of lay leaders.
We have worked to develop a culture of vocation across the diocese. With the help of a team of Assistant DDOs, the DDO will expect to oversee 25-30 people each year engaged in discernment towards ordination, a number that we hope will continue to grow in line with the need and the goal nationally.
We are seeking someone whose ministry with others is characterised by:
This role carries an occupational requirement to be a practising Christian in accordance with the Equality Act 2010, indeed to be ordained (whether as priest or as permanent deacon) in the Church of England or other Anglican province
The Diocese of Guildford covers the western two-thirds of Surrey and a significant area of north-east Hampshire. It also includes one parish in a London borough and one in rural West Sussex. In the north-east, it is largely suburban, but moving south and west, there are a number of distinct towns and numerous villages. The south-west has a more rural feel to it, but the north-east is largely suburban. The population is just over a million, rising in line with the national rate.
The Diocese has two archdeaconries, each with six deaneries, and a total of 161 parishes.A great deal of the work of the church is done at a local level by the parishes. The diocesan teams support and encourage the work of the parishes, and also work with wider networks to the mutual benefit of the church and society at local, regional and national levels.
Transforming Church, Transforming Lives is the vision of the Diocese of Guildford, launched in September 2016 following a long period of prayer and consultation. It envisages individuals and church communities open to the transforming work of God’s Spirit in their own lives, and so becoming agents of Christ’s transformation to the world around them.