Valuing and empowering the laity is a core priority for Southwark Diocese, to enable all God’s people to live out their calling as disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ

The Department of Discipleship and Lay Ministry works in collaboration with colleagues in Vocations and Mission and the Episcopal Areas to deliver the Diocesan vision and in particular responding to the aspiration to grow the number of lay vocations.

The Department of Discipleship and Lay Ministry works in collaboration with colleagues in Vocations and Mission and the Episcopal Areas to deliver the Diocesan vision and in particular responding to the aspiration to grow the number of lay vocations.

The postholder will help put this into practice by:

  • Promoting the vision
  • Expanding opportunities for licensed and commissioned lay leadership
  • Affirming and growing other forms of lay ministry (e.g. worship leaders, family & youth leaders, spiritual directors)
  • Offering relevant and enriching training and create networks of support and celebration which reflect the diversity of the Diocese.
  • To develop suitable forms of training and accreditation of formal learning to prepare people for lay ministry and support them in that ministry.
  • Leading the training of lay pastoral ministry (inc SPAs) and other lay ministry

We are looking for an ordained priest, deacon or authorised lay minister in the Church of England with a sound base of theological and educational knowledge, who is able to work successfully with a wide range of church traditions and styles of ministry. An ability to create and lead training and learning pathways for adults across a spectrum of spiritual traditions and educational background is important, alongside significant experience in training, and an understanding, and experience of working/volunteering in Church of England, and a commitment to its core values

The salary for this role is £40,000. This post is open to clergy who also wish to be licensed to a parish in the Diocese with a commitment to ministry there, with the provision of housing, a salary equivalent to an incumbent’s clergy stipend and continuing membership of the Clergy Pension Scheme.

The Diocese of Southwark serves the people, parishes, schools and chaplaincies of South London and East Surrey. It is a large diocese with a population of nearly 3 million; over 40,000 people on electoral rolls, 500 clergy (stipendiary, self supporting and chaplains) and some 400 lay ministers.

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