The Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham is seeking to appoint an Archdeacon who, as a member of the Bishop’s Senior team, will share in the strategic leadership of mission for Growing Disciples across the diocese, with particular responsibility in the Archdeaconry of Newark. Engaging closely with the priorities for growing disciples younger, the post holder will also be the Chair of the Diocesan Board of Education, bringing experience, insight and creativity into developing opportunities for Christian distinctiveness across 65 Primary and 8 Secondary church schools and their local parishes, integrated within the diocesan strategy for growing younger disciples.
Closing date 6 March 2020 / Interviews 1 April 2020
The Archdeaconry offers rich and diverse opportunities for mission across 135 parishes north of Nottingham city, comprising rural villages interspersed among the historic market towns of Newark and Retford and the larger, burgeoning post-industrial centres of Mansfield and Worksop. The Cathedral Church of the Diocese, Southwell Minster, and Worksop Priory are also within the Archdeaconry.
Amongst the opportunities this position offers, the Bishop is looking to appoint someone who can:
The person appointed should have been in orders for at least six years. She/he will
be a person who demonstrates the following qualities: -
a person of prayer and spirituality who models a living faith and testimony deeply rooted in spiritual practices, vocation and whole-life discipleship.
Theology and Preaching
demonstrates a generous orthodoxy, with the gifts to
reflect well on areas of contextual theology with a good
gifted in teaching and preaching, with proven experience in
nurture courses and discipleship formation.
Mission, Evangelism & Growth
significant experience of parochial ministry in a role which has clearly nurtured spiritual and numerical growth and renewal over a sustained period.
an ability to identify and deliver new models of church and mission to grow disciples in every parish and in every context.
experience and clarity over the significant responsibilities for Safeguarding, with a keen sense of the church’s ‘blind spots’
someone who can work sure-footedly within the
framework of the NCI and Diocesan safeguarding policies,
chairing Core Groups as required.
Implementation and Delivery
strategic leadership and highly efficient organisational skills with a focus on implementation and outcomes.
the ability to be analytical and work well with data while retaining intuitive and emotional insight.
Leadership and Oversight of Others
the ability to challenge as well as to affirm, and to be self-
assured in managing conflict in the midst of complexity and
a climate of transition and change.
Managing and unlocking the potential of Resources and Structures
someone who brings procedural clarity through consistent and transparent ways of working, demonstrating they understand how good administration, effective fiscal management and pastoral structures can release mission and enable growth.
able to facilitate and support good governance whilst creatively releasing the potential of current assets. (See Appendix G for Diocesan Financial Accounts and Parish Share reports)
a proven capacity to be resilient and self-motivated in seasons when important yet often complex or mundane processes dominate the day to day role.
an ability to maintain healthy patterns of life and work within a role with many competing demands.
good emotional intelligence, self-awareness and down-to-earth wisdom for life.
someone who evidently lives and ministers within the gifts, power and presence of the Holy Spirit
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 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.