Blackburn diocese is approaching its 100th anniversary having been founded on the 12 December 1926 and serves almost the whole of the county of Lancashire with a population of 1.3 million. It is divided into 14 Deaneries and two Archdeaconries (Blackburn and Lancaster). The Diocese covers an area of extraordinary variety, from the stunning countryside of the Trough of Bowland to the former mill towns of East Lancashire, from the University cities of Preston and Lancaster to the seaside towns of Blackpool and Morecambe. We have Parishes of all traditions and are strongly committed to the principle of mutual flourishing.
Vision 2026 is an agenda for growth and change agreed by the Blackburn Diocesan Synod in 2015. It challenges our parishes to be healthy churches which can transform the communities in which they are set. It also lays out four ways in which this over-arching goal can be achieved: Making Disciples, Being Witnesses, Growing Leaders and Inspiring Children and Young People for Jesus Christ.
Over the course of 2020 the Diocese engaged in a ‘Vision Update’ through which we sought to identify what is going well and where the challenges are as we seek to realise our Vision of seeing Healthy Churches Transforming Communities in 2026. This Update began with a ‘Parish Vision Survey’ and has encompassed extensive feedback from parishes and representative groups including Deanery Synods, Areas Deans and Bishop’s Council in order that plans focus on what will really make a difference to realising our Vision. The Update has resulted in the Vision 2026 Implementation Plan (2021 – 2024) which can be found on the diocese website here.
Missional and Financial Flourishing
The next four years (2021-24) are a key window of opportunity for the Diocese of Blackburn. Rather than pull back clergy from front line roles in parishes to pursue a “sustainability agenda”, we are endeavouring to step out in faith and courage. We have an opportunity to (a) generate a pipeline of leaders across all traditions, lay and ordained, who can bring church growth by parish renewal and planting and (b) address challenges being faced by parishes with significant long-term issues, whether missional, pastoral or financial.
Through the Missional and Financial Flourishing exercise, our Director of Vision Delivery is working with colleagues from across the Diocese to plan missionally, vocationally, financially and prayerfully, to develop a strategic approach to seeing “healthy churches transforming communities” across all spheres of life in Lancashire. More information can be found on the website here.
Who we are looking for:
Knowledge, Experience and Qualifications
- Educated to degree level or equivalent.
- Evidence of working with very complex legal requirements. The postholder will be expected to have, or quickly acquire, a working knowledge of relevant legislation. Detailed professional advice and assistance is available from the Diocesan Registrar, the Church Commissioners and from the specialist members of each of the Boards and Committees.
- Ability to interpret and work with Church and Statutory legislation as appropriate.
- Demonstrable experience of being able to see possibilities and be creative within legal frameworks.
- Proven ability to think strategically and contribute to the development of policy and planning.
- Experience of Committee work, including the preparation of agendas and presentation of papers both orally and in writing.
- Evidence of ability to influence, through effective communication, negotiation, professionalism, and development of trust.
- Experience of working in situations requiring attention to detail and thoroughness in all aspects of work.
- Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
- Good IT skills, in particular with Microsoft 365 – especially Sharepoint
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