This is an exciting new opportunity for an enthusiastic individual to work as part of the giving team to encourage individuals and parishes to respond generously to all that God has given us in order to resource the mission and ministry of our parishes and Diocese.
As part of the Giving Team, you will work with a variety of people and a diverse range of parishes to:
- speak on Christian giving and encourage generosity in parishes and deaneries, both in worship and other gatherings.
- explore local challenges and opportunities and affirm and share good and innovative practice, including new methods of giving
- offer training, in person and on-line for new methods of giving e.g. the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS), online giving, contactless giving as well as encouraging good practice in key areas such as legacies.
- develop our data analysis to enable a more strategic focus
- responding to invitations from parishes and helping in the planning of, advising upon and direction of giving programmes
- producing an annual report which evaluates and monitors the effectiveness of encouraging giving campaigns and make recommendations on how future campaigns can improve
- inspire giving and strengthen discipleship by encouraging the recognition of the principles underpinning Christian giving and the Parish Support Fund
- being responsible for managing and promoting the use of the Diocesan contactless machines through the "Try before you buy scheme" and for following up and evaluating any national trials in which our parishes are participating
- signpost parish officers to legacy good practice and resources, accounting and budgeting support and funding sources for specific projects, including working closely with colleagues across other departments
- maintain external links with the Regional and National Stewardship Network and other organisations.
We are looking for an individual with a desire to serve our churches, with a passion for resourcing mission and ministry, that enables spiritual and numerical growth. It will be important to have an understanding of, and a commitment to the promotion of, the principles and practice of Christian generosity and giving and a willingness to develop further. You should be an active worshipping member of the Church of England or a church in communion with it
You will need to be a graduate, with a degree or equivalent level of education, and relevant experience in a Christian Stewardship and /or Fundraising role. A good level of numeracy, with proven experience in Excel, and the ability to use spreadsheets for data collection is important, matched with a good understanding of finances, budgeting and budget management. Excellent competency in Word and PowerPoint is also necessary.
You should be self-motivated, with the ability to work well both independently and as part of a team, with the ability to communicate in a clear and lively manner both in writing and verbally. You will have the opportunity to use your experience of co-ordinating, planning, designing training, to deliver sessions to a variety of audiences, large and small.
An understanding of the structure, breadth and dynamics of the Church of England is desirable