Vocations Advisor (Picture: Keith Blundy)


Up to now the Diocese has been served by a Diocesan Director of Ordinands (0.6 FTE combined with a 0.4 FTE parochial responsibility). It is our belief that now is the right time to reimagine this role in order to create a full time Vocations post which includes the DDO responsibility but is broader in scope for the following reasons:

  1. We want to become a diocese in which the whole people of God (all ages) are helped to discover their vocation as disciples of Christ who are called to serve him in the world; the primary place of God’s activity.
  2. We want to become a diocese in which there is clear mutual appreciation and support for all people in their respective ministries (lay and ordained); and where the work place and wider contributions to community life are valued expressions of daily discipleship for the people of God and the local church is the hope for the world.
  3. We have an extremely gifted and creative team of people involved in the vocations process and we want to offer them increased training and development opportunities.
  4. In response to the National Church’s Renewal and Reform agenda – we wish to see a 50% increase in vocations to ordained ministry in the coming years.
  5. The more bespoke training plans for those being selected and trained for ordination will demand increased support from the DDO role, as will the more complex funding arrangements.

Desired Future

Our hope is to see a clear increase in numbers of candidates for ordination in the coming years from parishes throughout our Diocese. Some candidates for ordination will be recognised as having a specific vocation to serve God in their local setting. Others will be identified as demonstrating potential for wider roles within the national church and trained and deployed accordingly. Some will have a clear pioneering or entrepreneurial vocation and we want to affirm and release them to identify and utilise their gifts for the renewal and growth of God’s church. We will have a clear pattern of vocations to all types of ministries being recognised and supported; from the youngest to the oldest, from the most educated to those who have previously been denied opportunities to develop their formal education and from all social backgrounds.

Other Details

  • Closing date: 12 noon – 30th June 2017
  • Interviews: 4th / 5th July 2017
  • Terms: Full time employee of the Durham Diocesan Board of Finance
  • Place of work – Cuthbert House, Stonebridge, Durham DH1 3RY
  • Line Manager – Director of Mission, Discipleship and Ministry
  • Salary Circa £34K plus attractive pension scheme is offered.
  • Applications should be sent to: enquiries@durham.anglican.org

Additional Details

Diocesan Life & Vision

The Diocese of Durham is at an exciting stage of development. Bishop Paul Butler has been leading us through a strategic process of cultural change to realise the vision to ‘Bless our communities in Jesus’ name for the transformation of us all.’ As depicted in our Plan on a Page.


Diocesan Plan 2017 revision 273.79 KB 146 downloads

This download is the 2017 revision of the Diocese of Durham Plan-on-a-page. The plan...
We have identified three key priorities around which we are focusing our energies: Growing Churches, Developing Children and Young people and addressing circumstances of Poverty; material, spiritual and relational. Following a successful bid to the Church of England Strategic Development Fund, we are well on with the delivery of a residential leadership programme for all incumbent status clergy. We are also in the second year of Partnership for Missional Church involving 13 churches and a strong delivery team. We are increasingly putting our energies into Deanery development, recognising that locally owned planning is the best way to support and develop mission and this is a core part of our approach as we look towards the future. The Diocese extends from the Tyne to the Tees and the Dales to the sea. With three Archdeaconries comprising 16 Deaneries there are a high number of parishes experiencing considerable social challenge. We are seeking to embrace the opportunities to build on the legacy of Christian faith throughout this remarkable region of North East England. In recent years we have begun to recognise and celebrate the gifts and experience God has given to the people of our region some of whom struggle with self-belief. We are excited to see that God is calling people to serve him in the church and the world in all kinds of ways as his disciples and ‘good news people’ in our communities.

Supporting Documentation

Location of The Diocesan Office

Durham Diocese

Church Urban Fund’s vision is to see people and communities all over England flourish and enjoy life in all its fullness.

To that end, they have worked with the Church of England’s Research and Statistics Division to develop an online tool that provides information on a range of poverty-related indicators at the parish level.

This briefing paper aggregates that parish data to provide diocesan-level statistics for Durham. 

Diocesan Plan-on-a-page


Diocesan Plan 2017 revision 273.79 KB 146 downloads

This download is the 2017 revision of the Diocese of Durham Plan-on-a-page. The plan...

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When people discover God’s call on their lives, everything changes.

We are looking for a talented individual, passionate to see God’s people discover more of God and more of what He calls them to be and do in our Diocese.

We want to see:

  • More people living as disciples of Jesus in the world.
  • A significant increase in vocations to ordained ministry.

Will you come to the land of the Northern Saints and help us follow in their footsteps?

Applications Should be returned to: enquiries@durham.anglican.org