The Centre for Church Planting and Growth supports the work of the Bishop of Islington, one of the suffragan bishops of the London Diocese. Bishop Ric was consecrated in September 2015 to support the London Diocesan goal of creating 100 New Worshipping Communities and is available to the National Church to support church planting.
His dynamic and creative team, based at St Edmund the King in London, provides a range of support to identify, develop and plant new worshipping communities as well as encourage church growth.
The closing date is 30 June 2019, but please note that applicants may be shortlisted/contacted before this date on a rolling basis.
The Church Growth Leadership Coach role involves partnering with participants of our Church Growth Learning Communities (Clergy and their leadership teams) to enable them to be effective in implementing ministry plans leading to healthy and growing churches. This will take place in the context of the Church Growth Courses offered by the Centre for Church Planting and Growth, and will be a key part of the support offered to churches and parishes from a range of theological backgrounds and of different sizes to develop effective mission leading to growth. Coaches will provide around 15 to 30 coaching sessions per year.
The coach will:
Provide one-to-one or group coaching for clergy and other church leaders, to support them in achieving their aims with regard to mission and growth. It is anticipated that these will either in person or by phone or telephone/video call and will be approximately 60 minutes in duration
Attend briefings as required to keep up-to-date with our coaching framework and the aims of the Church Growth Programme
Maintain positive and open relationships with clergy and leaders in partner churches
Prepare for coaching sessions by gathering information and data about the church/parish, the leaders, and information and feedback acquired from any previous coaching or training
Follow-up coaching sessions by sharing agreed goals, tasks and any other relevant information
Be familiar with and proficient in using a range of current coaching tools and or methodologies
Collecting such data about church congregations as may be helpful to track the effectiveness of the Church Growth Programme
Continue to develop your own coaching experience in this area, as the Church Growth Programme develops in the light of evidence-based practice
Be able to demonstrate an active Christian faith
Be an active member of a church community. A reference will be sought from your church leader
Have experience in formal coaching or mentoring relationships with leaders
An understanding and/or experience of church leadership from one or more theological perspectives
An awareness of cultural issues in 21st century London
An awareness of organizational models, how organisations work, and models of organizational change
Some experience of leading change in an organisation
Experience in training and in coaching leaders
Commitment to working within a framework of generous orthodoxy with church leaders from different Anglican traditions
Work independently and be able to self-start
Coach individually or in small groups in an effective and compelling manner
Coach leaders of churches, particularly to support them to lead their teams and congregations through change
Demonstrate support and care for people you coach, encouraging them in their faith as you hold them accountable for agreed tasks
Analyse, interpret and utilise ministry measures and diagnostic tools - making them useful to those who do not easily understand data
The Church of England in London is growing, vibrant and at the heart of communities throughout the capital. At the London Diocesan Fund we seek to do everything we can to support this mission and growth, using our resources to help our parishes and chaplains to serve over 4 million people.
We understand the benefits of employing individuals from a range of backgrounds, with diverse cultures and talents. We aim to create a workforce that:
Values difference in others and respects the dignity and worth of each individual
Reflects the diversity of the nation that the Church of England exists to serve
Fosters a climate of creativity, tolerance and diversity that will help all staff to develop to their full potential.