Birmingham is the UK’s second city with the youngest urban population in Europe and one of the most lively and diverse regions. The Church of England, Birmingham, covers an area of nearly 300 square miles and includes parishes in the West Midlands including Birmingham and parts of Solihull, Sandwell, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. Right at the heart of what we do there are over 180 Church of England worshipping communities with an average weekly attendance of 17,000 from a population of 1.5 million. These churches represent a wide scope of Church traditions with different contexts (rural, suburban, market town, outer estate and inner urban) and a breadth of ethnicity. Increasingly our city is described as ‘super-diverse.’
The Diocese has two archdeaconries– Birmingham and Aston.
We are now looking for an Archdeacon of Birmingham who can help direct, shape and enable the priests and people of the archdeaconry to grow the church at the heart of each community and to fulfil the potential of our Transforming Church strategy and the People & Places plan.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES WITHIN THE ARCHDEACONRY
The Archdeacon of Birmingham will be a key member of The Bishop’s staff. Staff meetings are being reconfigured, but the current members are: The Bishop of Birmingham, The Bishop of Aston, The Archdeacon of Aston, The Dean of Birmingham Cathedral, the Director of Mission, the Director of Ministry, the Director of Mission Learning & Development, the Dean of BAME Affairs and the Diocesan Secretary.
The Archdeacon of Birmingham will also relate to:
Director of Growing Younger (Youth & Consultancy), Director of Growing Younger (Children & Families), Diocesan Director of Ordinands and Vocations Development, HR Director, Director of Finance, Director of Communications, Property Director.
The Archdeacon of Birmingham will be a member of the following committees ex officio:
STATUTORY FUNCTIONS OF AN ARCHDEACON
According to the Canons of the Church of England, the Archdeacon exercises jurisdiction within the archdeaconry as an “ordinary jurisdiction” i.e. in his/her own right. (Canon C22.2)
The Archdeacon carries out duties under the bishop and shall assist the bishop in his pastoral care and office, and particularly shall see that all that hold ecclesiastical office perform their duties with diligence, bringing to the bishop’s attention what calls for correction or merits praise. (Canon C22.4)
The Archdeacon’s work is responding to a theology of order. Rules and regulations are useful in resolving differences of opinion of interpretation. They save every generation from having to “reinvent the wheel” every time a problem arises or a decision has to be made. If the following of rules can avoid disputes and conflict, then it facilitates the work of the gospel.
Mission & Pastoral
Care of Church Buildings
We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons, particularly from those who are currently under-represented such as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups and women.
For more information about this application process, please use this link
Since 2009 Transforming Church has informed our strategy for mission, with our widely established seven areas of transformation and ten transforming church goals. Our Growing Younger initiative which flowed out from this has been reaching and impacting many new children and families over the last couple of years.
Following a broad review of our vision, in 2017 we started a new phase of Transforming Church, called ‘Shaping the Future’ to extend and underpin the work we are already doing with new resources. It focusses on building capacity, sustaining momentum, increasing growth, and embedding our commitment to mission and transformation within the culture of our church at a deeper level, releasing the gifts of many more people, lay and ordained.
Principally, ‘Shaping the Future’ is concerned with a programme of church planting, fresh expressions, church revitalisations and more Growing Younger initiatives, alongside the creation of a Mission Learning and Development Team to help underpin this with expert training and support.
As this vision continues, our attention has turned to the long-term viability and sustainability of our parishes and their mission and ministry. Work has now begun on a broad review of:
This is being called People & Places.
We are trying to resolve the conundrum that the Church of England expects our congregations in Birmingham diocese (with a usual Sunday attendance in 2016 of 2,100 children and 10,750 adults, of whom around 7,500 are regular givers) to provide the majority of the funding for ministry and mission to our growing population of over 1.5 million.
In the past, ministry and mission was funded largely by the historic endowments of the National Church. Those endowments are now used for specific growth initiatives, to support poorer areas and to support clergy in retirement. We need to move to a mixed economy of pioneers/plants and fresh expressions of church in a new missionary movement alongside the treasured inherited church, as envisaged by Shaping the Future. This means we need to recast the inherited church, and the financial situation demands action now.
In Birmingham, because of our lack of historic endowment, we are at the bridgehead of the changes required nationally in the church and seek to respond in imaginative ways which will ultimately grow the church and enable it to flourish in the future but with fewer financial resources. This will involve identifying and training around 70 or so oversight ministers, alongside local and context-specific ministers, reorganising how ministry is done in many of our parishes. Finding the right way to go about this is at the heart of People & Places.
The full People & Places framework as it stands currently can be found here.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
The current stipend for an archdeacon appointed on or after 1 April 2004 is £35,400. If the successful candidate is already an Archdeacon receiving a higher stipend, we will, at our discretion, pay the higher stipend initially but will reduce it over three years until it is in line with the current rate.
The Archdeacon of Birmingham’s house is in Carisbrooke Road, Edgbaston.
Terms and Conditions of Appointment
This is a full-time office held under Common Tenure.
The office holder will be a member of the Church of England Funded Pensions Scheme.
Annual leave is 6 weeks.
The office is subject to three months’ notice from the office holder.
The office holder is based at the offices of the Diocesan Board of Finance in Birmingham, currently at 1 Colmore Row, B3 2BJ, with frequent travel throughout the Archdeaconry of Birmingham, the wider diocese and beyond.
Business car mileage is reimbursed at the prevailing diocesan rate, currently 45p per mile within Birmingham diocese and 30p per mile outside the diocese.
References and Checks
This office is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and Barred List check and an unconditional commendation from the individual’s current diocesan bishop.
Application should be made here on the C of E Pathways vacancies portal. For more information about the online application process, please use this link
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The deadline for applications is Sunday 18th November with interviews being held on Wednesday 28th November.
For further information or for an informal conversation with the Bishop of Birmingham, please make initial contact with Ben Franks, HR Officer, on 0121 426 0446 or BenF@cofebirmingham.com