Our parish churches are a key part of our historical and architectural heritage as a nation, and are often well-visited and well-loved. At the same time they are living buildings, places of worship, fellowship and community engagement, through which and from which the church lives out its mission to be a transforming presence in the communities it serves: ‘salt and light’, in Jesus’ memorable metaphors.
Recognising these mission needs, whilst maintaining the historical integrity of the buildings in our care is the work of the Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC), which always needs to have an eye to encouraging the living church without jeopardising the hard-won ecclesiastical exemption from which the Church of England benefits. We are looking for a Chair to draw together our Committee professionals and practitioners from across a range of competencies. Our DAC takes care to understand the church’s needs and perspectives, and – where a proposed development goes against the grain of the integrity of a historical building – to offer alternative thoughts rather than a straight rejection.
We would love you to come on board with what is an exciting role and a key part of our mission to be a Transforming Church, Transforming Lives across the diocese and beyond.
For further details, please visit: https://www.cofeguildford.org.uk/about/vacancies/details/chair-of-the-diocesan-advisory-committee
In this role you will:
• Lead the Guildford Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) as it carries out its role in relation to the Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction and Care of Churches Measure 2018.
• Promote the care, conservation, development and extended use of churches and support the long-term sustainable future of church buildings across the diocese.
• While ensuring that the DAC’s advice remains independent, have active regard to the diocesan strategic ambition to improve church buildings: for every parish to work towards having church buildings that are fit for purpose in supporting today’s ministry and mission (Transforming Church, Transforming Lives Goal 12).
Exeter, including some travel throughout Devon (including Plymouth and Torbay)
London Diocesan Fund, London Diocesan House, 36 Causton Street, London