Archdeacon of Ipswich

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ARCHDEACON OF IPSWICH

We are seeking a dynamic and collaborative colleague for this new post to work with the Deanery of Ipswich (147,000 residents) on our Inspiring Ipswich project, to strengthen mission and ministry across the town.

Over the next six years Inspiring Ipswich aims to develop 1500 new disciples, plant 8 churches, create (at least) 18 new Fresh Expressions of Church and enrich mission and ministry across our existing parishes. As Archdeacon you will lead this project by:

  • Serving God’s mission amongst the people of Ipswich
  • Being passionate about a mixed economy of flourishing congregations
  • Encouraging and supporting clergy and laity in mission
  • Being creative, agile and open to God-given opportunities
  • Working imaginatively and sensitively across diverse constituencies
  • Enjoying working with a committed, supportive and friendly senior leadership team
  • Leading and communicating strategically and enthusiastically

For an informal conversation please contact Bishop Mike Harrison on 01473 252829. This post is subject to the success of our second stage SDF application.

Full details can be downloaded from www.cofesuffolk.orgor on request by email: diane.matthews@cofesuffolk.org

Closing date for applications 16th November

Leadership of Ipswich and Project Direction of Inspiring Ipswich:

  • Be the strategic leader for Ipswich, able to inspire clergy and laity to respond ambitiously to the challenges of church growth.
  • Act as Missional Lead and Director of the Inspiring Ipswich Project*; with the intention that by 2025:
  • 1,500 disciples are added;
  • 5% of the population are exploring faith;
  • 10% of the population are impacted by Church-led community engagement;
  • the number of congregations, inherited and Fresh Expressions, are doubled from 25 to 50.

    *Subject to approval for SDF by the Archbishop’s Council Strategic Investment Board.

  • Be accountable for the use of the SDF funds; overseeing monitoring, evaluation and measurement of impact, and progress towards achieving the expected aims, outcomes and outputs, throughout the project.
  • Provide line management for Inspiring Ipswich project posts; including the Project Manager and Growth Manager.
  • Ensure all volunteers are properly supervised.
  • Ensure the future sustainability of the work of Inspiring Ipswich beyond the funded years, particularly in the latter years of the funding.
  • Enthusiastically champion growth in the church; acting as an advocate for the development of new congregations, Fresh Expressions of church and church planting, and for innovative ways of engaging new people on a journey of discipleship.
  • Be an advocate for the church’s role in community support and engagement in Ipswich; particularly for those who are most disadvantaged and harder to reach, and to provide visible leadership on issues of social justice in Ipswich, including working with partners to build stronger communities.
  • Lead, model and support a change in culture amongst clergy in Ipswich by articulating the vision for Ipswich deanery; encouraging and facilitating working and shared initiatives across parish boundaries; and encouraging clergy to develop as leaders and enablers of mission, building strong lay teams to assist with delivery.
  • Lead the creation of a resourcing base for Ipswich that models learning, innovation, hospitality and discipleship making amongst hard to reach groups.

For more information about this application process, please use this linkhttp://www.cofesuffolk.org/vacancies/role/archdeacon-of-ipswich

With the whole Church of England, the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, comprising most of Suffolk, is focussed on engaging people anew with the Christian faith, forming flourishing congregations and making a difference for good in our communities.

We are well placed to initiate innovative ways as well as develop tried and tested approaches to mission and evangelism. We have a very wide range of existing congregations, in rural, market town and urban communities, and are committed to developing new congregations and fresh expressions.

Our aim is four-fold: to grow in depth of faith, to grow numerically, to grow younger, and to grow in our influence for good across Suffolk. To achieve these aims we are focussing on growth in faith and discipleship, on increasing vocations and enhancing training, on shaping our structures and relationships for growth and learning, and on becoming evidently good stewards of our resources, including of our high number of treasured church buildings.

We are seeking a dynamic and collaborative colleague for this new post to work with the Deanery of Ipswich (147,000 residents) to lead on our Inspiring Ipswich project.

Over the next six years Inspiring Ipswich aims to develop 1,500 new disciples, plant 8 churches, create (at least) 18 new Fresh Expressions of Church and enrich mission and ministry across our existing parishes.