Ref : Cofe/TP/200/812
Fixed term contract expected to last for 2 years
The Archbishops' Council has identified the need to increase the number and diversity of candidates for lay and ordained ministry, and to encourage younger candidates. Hence, there is a need to build a culture of encouraging and nurturing vocation and of proactive recruitment.
The Ministry Experience Scheme provides opportunities for those aged between 18 and 30 to spend a year working or volunteering in a church. This gives people a prime opportunity to spend time discerning their own vocation through experiencing ministry, theological learning and personal development. The Scheme is set up and administered by dioceses. Ministry Division encourages and supports new schemes, monitors impact against the scheme criteria and delivers national marketing.
The Ministry Council also administers a grant to dioceses running a scheme.
There are currently over 80 young people on a scheme year in 16 dioceses.
The target is to increase this number to 175 young people per year by 2020 and increase the number of dioceses involved. The scheme also aims to increase the diversity of participants. Currently it has approximately equal gender balance. This needs to be maintained and the percentage of people of black, Asian and minority ethnic heritage increased and work developed to monitor and increase access for people from non-book cultures and working class backgrounds.
The role of the Ministry Experience Scheme Manager is to work with stakeholders to grow the number and diversity of participants taking part and to ensure the effective running of the scheme centrally and by supporting dioceses.
Interviews will be held on the 11th and 12th October
The Role :
- Promote a persuasive rationale for the scheme to dioceses and stakeholders to increase the number of dioceses running a scheme to over 30 by September 2020.
- Support diocesan scheme coordinators in starting, developing and sustaining local schemes to ensure high standards of practice.
- Facilitate sharing of knowledge and experience between diocesan schemes and help dioceses to own a common vision and framework.
- Develop and manage national recruitment marketing of the scheme and advise and encourage diocesan marketing to increase the number of participants to 175 by September 2020.
- Create fruitful partnerships with other organisations and use targeted marketing to increase the diversity of young people on the scheme, particularly people of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) heritage to exceed the target of 15% BAME.
- Continue to monitor and improve support for young people on the scheme with disabilities or who identify as LGBT+. Continue to monitor the currently equal gender balance.
- Explore with stakeholders how the scheme may be changed to increase access for people with few academic qualifications and to encourage people who identify as working class.
- Investigate what mutually productive partnerships could be formed with organisations such as theological training providers, Christian internship/discipleship schemes and diversity/inclusion organisations
- Support the steering group and senior managers in shaping the vision and future funding model for the scheme
- Work with the Project and Events Officer to ensure the monitoring, evaluation and learning framework delivers the information needed for reports to external funders and for internal improvement.
Closing date: 26 September 2018