Continuing Ministerial Development and Well-being Officer

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Edward King House, Minster yard, Lincoln

The Ministry team in the Diocese of Lincoln consists of those officers, full- and part-time, who work with clergy, Readers and Authorised Lay Ministers in the Diocese. We aim to provide them with professional support, training and development to work effectively with the many and diverse communities within the historic county of Lincolnshire, which now includes the Unitary Authorities of North Lincolnshire and North-East Lincolnshire.

We aim not only to support the ministry of others but to be active ministers ourselves, working within the diocese.

This post requires the holder to be in ordained ministry in the Church of England, or of a church in communion with it.

NB: Interviews will be held at Edward King House on 15 January 2019

This is a new post. It has two foci. First, it is to be established to ensure that the Diocese of Lincoln’s ministry is shaped with respect to local need and to national developments in the field of Continuing Ministerial Development (especially for clergy) and ministerial Well-being (eg. with reference to the recommendations of on-going surveys and research and to debates in General Synod and the Covenant for Clergy Well-being). Secondly, it is to be established as part of a strategy to create and support a culture of well-being across the diocese for all God’s people.

  • To take primary responsibility for providing a programme of education, training and support for clergy (and laity) as a member of the Ministry Team in response to development needs identified in the diocesan Ministerial Development Review scheme and by Bishop’s Staff and Council, Diocesan Synod and Ministry and Mission Team processes, so that the clergy (and other ministers) of the Diocese of Lincoln are able to function as outstanding practitioners, both within the requirements of the local context and on the national stage.
  • To take primary responsibility for establishing a diocesan culture in which good mental and emotional health is accepted to be a key aspect of the wholeness and wellbeing of all God’s people and to work with others to create and embed such a culture and its necessary systems.
  • To recruit mentors, work consultants, team consultants and professional advisers and to cohere their work within agreed policy guidelines so that a shared, positive culture is nurtured across the whole diocese in the fields of continuing ministerial development and of well-being.
  • To implement, and where necessary to shape for local requirements, national and diocesan policy guidance for ministerial development and for well-being, working also with colleagues in statutory, voluntary and community agencies, so that the Diocese of Lincoln is regarded as a beacon of contextualized good practice.
  • In collaboration with colleagues, to research and introduce appropriate systems for mentoring, conflict transformation, growth in resilience, pastoral care, counselling, supervision, anti-bullying and emotional and mental health-care, and to be responsible for maintaining and over-seeing these systems, so that the health, well-being and performance of ministers is incrementally improved and the well-being of all God’s people supported.
  • In collaboration with Ministry Team and Mission Team members and with other colleagues, to recalibrate expectations of ministry in both ministers and the contexts in which they are serving, so that expectations are raised, team-working developed and energy increasingly devoted towards service, mission and evangelism.
  • To contribute to the Lincoln School of Theology as tutor and leader in the above areas.

Will have …

  • A qualification in Theology to at least first degree level from a recognised university;
  • A commitment to their own professional development.
  • An active and on-going ordained Christian ministry from which others might draw inspiration.
  • A clear and demonstrable Christian faith.
  • A demonstrable commitment to and understanding of ordained and lay ministry: stipendiary and voluntary, licensed, accredited, formal and informal, in the Church of England.
  • A willingness to meet and work with people across the diocese in their own localities;
  • A capacity and commitment to work as a full member of the Ministry Team and to contribute to its work across the diocese.
  • To be able to organise their own work effectively with minimal close supervision.
  • A capacity to plan for the future and to budget effectively for the costs involved.

The diocesan offices of Edward King House are situated by the medieval Bishop’s Palace in the historic Cathedral Quarter of Lincoln. Edward King House was formerly the home of Bishop Edward King, Bishop of Lincoln between 1885 and 1910. A beautiful Grade II-listed building, a feature of Edward King House is St Hugh’s Chapel, which provides the setting for regular services.

The diocesan offices are overlooked by the magnificent Lincoln Cathedral and they are close to Lincoln Castle, home of the 1215 Magna Carta and the 1217 Charter of the Forest, plus many shops, eateries and further places of local history and interest.

Other benefits include:

  • Annual leave of 25 days per annum, plus 8 Bank Holidays (pro rata)
  • Up to 4 non-contractual days of holiday gifted between Christmas and New Year (when the offices are closed)
  • A half-day holiday on Maundy Thursday
  • Competitive pension scheme with Royal London
  • Life insurance of three times annual salary
  • Occupational sick pay (staged) after 6 months
  • Child care voucher scheme
  • Daily Eucharist held in St Hugh’s Chapel, which is optional for all staff
  • Supported continuing professional development linked with job role and professional development
  • Weekly social gathering for staff (‘Cofftea’)

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