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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Location of The Diocesan Office
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.