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Chaplain to the Bishop of Lincoln




London and Home Counties

Job Description

The Bishop of Lincoln is seeking to appoint a Chaplain with a keen theological mind, a gift for detail and a good sense of humour to join a new, but now well established team, as the team defines and implements the vision for this growing diocese. Based at Edward King House in Lincoln, the Bishop’s Chaplain supports the flourishing of the Bishop’s ministry through personal, spiritual, liturgical, theological, administrative, legal, communications and research assistance.


Qualifications and Education

The person appointed will:

  • Be an episcopally ordained priest in the Church of England or a Church in full Communion with it. This post has attached to it an occupational requirement under the 2010 Equality Act, Part 1, Schedule 9.
  • Have a lively and robust intellect and be theologically well qualified (a higher-level degree in theology would be an advantage but is not essential); be able to relate theology to the mission of the Church and issues of contemporary culture and society.
  • Have an advanced understanding of strategic digital communications and making best use of social media tools.
  • Have successful experience of crisis media management around sensitive issues.
  • Possess excellent communication skills, both orally and in writing, with the ability to produce and deliver high quality reports.
  • Hold a full driving licence.
  • A satisfactory full DBS check is also required.


The person appointed will:

  • Be mature in outlook with a deep and secure faith with a rich pattern of daily worship and well established spiritual discipline.
  • Be spiritually motivated and able to see opportunities for service and the proclamation of the gospel even in the most routine matters.
  • Be liturgically sensitive and skilled.
  • Be content to share the bishop’s vision and priorities for his ministry with loyalty and discretion; be able to work to the bishop’s agenda, recognising that much of the chaplain’s work, and the credit for it, is inevitably of a hidden nature.
  • Respect confidentiality and be able to handle sensitive information. Be able to exercise pastoral care in a sensitive and constructive way.

Skills and Competencies

The person appointed will:

  • Be enthusiastic about the strategic direction of the diocese and able to clearly communicate links between mission, vision, values, goals and strategies.
  • Be prepared to offer the bishop frank advice and feedback in an appropriate manner.
  • Make timely, informed decisions that take into account the facts, goals, constraints and risks. Understand and work within appropriate boundaries and/or allocated remit.
  • Be able to build rapport and maintain long term relationships. Have the ability to establish relationships with and influence complex networks of people whose cooperation is needed for the success of the diocese, particularly with parish incumbents.
  • Be organised, able to prioritise tasks and work to deadlines. Have ability to take in a range of information, think things through logically and plan for the future.
  • Be emotionally and spiritually resilient and be able to operate with a degree of ambiguity whilst recognising and observing boundaries. Have the ability to take setbacks and difficulties in their stride so that they remain focused on completing what they have to do.
  • Be a collaborative team worker, be willing to act as part of a team and work towards achieving team goals and outcomes.
  • Keep up to date with issues that may impact on the diocese. Have good political judgement and ability to spot implications of particular issues and courses of actions. Be able to bring an understanding of the world–wide church and the Anglican Communion to bear on the work here.
  • Have successful experience of church communication at senior level, handling all types of communications media. It would be desirable that the candidate had successful experience of speaking on TV/radio as they may be asked to represent the bishop in the media.
  • Be available to respond out of hours, if necessary.
  • Have proven administrative, drafting, editorial and research skills; be ICT literate.
  • Have an in-depth understanding of the worldwide church, particularly to foster our growing links with the diocese of Polynesia.

Remuneration is the equivalent of an incumbent’s stipend (£25,340 per annum)

plus accommodation.

The closing date for applications is 25th August 2017.

For further details and an application form please see: vacancies-clergy/chaplain-to-the-bishop-of-Lincoln/

Closing date: 25 August 2017
Ref: JN004952


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