The Diocese in Europe is the 42nd Diocese of the Church of England. We are by far the biggest in terms of land area, as we range across over 42 countries in a territory approximately matching that covered by the Council of Europe. We currently attract unprecedented interest within the Church of England, as we are that part of the Church that specifically maintains links with Europe at a time of political uncertainty between Britain and Europe. Along with that, we have been in the fortunate position of being able to recruit some very high calibre lay and ordained staff.
The post requires someone with a high degree of self-motivation and experience who will also work well as part of the Bishop’s Senior Staff and contribute to diocesan mission thinking. The post requires excellent communication and organisational skills, resilience and the ability to thrive in a role that involves a good deal of travel.
It is intended that the role will be based in Budapest, but we are open to other well-founded suggestions.
Contributing to diocesan strategy and mission thinking and implementation via membership of the Bishop’s Staff meeting and Bishop’s Council and Diocesan Synod.
Developing fresh vision for evangelisation in collaboration with Churches in Communion and in consultation with established ecumenical partners. To explore possible new relationships with new/evangelical/Pentecostal churches. Evaluating possibilities for church planting and, together with diocesan officers and local congregations, facilitating bids for funding for new work.
Leading the archdeaconry synods of Germany & Northern Europe and the East by ensuring that arrangements for the synods are made, presiding at the meetings of the synods, convening synod standing committees.
Encouraging the growth of chaplaincies and congregations through visits, meeting with clergy, the training of church officers and others.
Developing workable options and proposals for provision of ordained ministry in start-up, embryonic or financially fragile contexts.
Working collaboratively with bishops and archdeacons; being available to advise or assist in other parts of the diocese as responsibilities allow; sharing in the leadership and committee structures of the diocese.
Clergy recruitment and pastoral care
Working with churches and diocesan officers to develop realistic and accurate specifications and advertisements for clergy posts; conducting interviews; licensing new clergy and readers on behalf of the bishop; helping make sure new clergy receive adequate induction and orientation.
Sustaining and improving clergy wellbeing. Providing pastoral care for the clergy, including addressing pastoral problems and crisis intervention, dealing with clergy illness, general advice, teaching. This is a key element of the role as many of our clergy are in isolated situations.
Conducting Ministerial Development Reviews.
Reporting problems and opportunities to the lead bishop.
Overseeing annual reviews of terms and conditions by local churches.
Overseeing CME provision in the Archdeaconries and approving CME applications.
Fulfilling the Archdeacon’s role under the Clergy Discipline Measure.
Experience, knowledge, training and qualifications
Substantial ordained ministry experience as a priest in the Church of England or another church of the Anglican Communion (the canons of the Church of England require at least six years in holy orders).
Experience of supervision and pastoral care of clergy.
Competent theologically and able both to reflect and articulate effectively.
Experience of enabling church growth in different cultural contexts.
Firm grasp of the Anglican tradition as expressed in its liturgy and law.
An understanding of Christian giving, and an ability to speak clearly and appropriately about the financial needs of the church.
Aptitudes and abilities
A high degree of self-motivation and ability to work on own initiative as well as a strong sense of collegiality and ability to work as part of team.
Ability to use electronic communications with confidence and ease.
Capacity for strategic thinking and analysis.
Demonstrated ability to manage change and to manage and resolve conflict.
Administrative confidence and clarity of mind.
Excellent communication skills, in different media and registers, as well as the ability to enable others to communicate – sometimes across language barriers or where they lack confidence to articulate their views.
Competence in one or more of the languages used in the territory.
A strong, personal and living Christian faith.
Orthodox and biblical in faith, life and teaching.
Demonstrated personal commitment to mission and evangelism.
Appropriate flexibility in the nurture of different forms of church community
Whatever his or her own tradition, the ability to affirm those of other traditions and an enthusiasm for working with people of those traditions.
Demonstrated commitment to ecumenical collaboration.
A high level of self-awareness.
Resilience and ability to thrive overseas in a role that requires a good deal of travel.
The appointment is subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure.
Women and people from Black and Minority Ethnic Backgrounds are under-represented at senior levels in the diocese, so please feel encouraged to apply.
English Churches have been established on the Continent since at least the time of the Reformation. The Diocese in Europe was set up in 1980 to care for these churches, which now attract English speakers from many ethnic, territorial and ecclesial backgrounds. The diocese currently has two bishops and seven archdeaconries. Whilst the diocese has for most of its history been administered by seven clergy with part-time archidiaconal responsibility (usually linked to other roles), it was long our strategic objective to establish freestanding archidiaconal posts as funding allows. The first paid archdeacon for this area was appointed in 2015 and retired in April 2019. A new financial plan agreed at the 2018 Diocesan Synod is enabling us to appoint three full-time stipendiary archdeacons in total.