Vacancy: Church on the Margins Manchester Facilitator

We are looking for an experienced practitioner to facilitate peer learning amongst churches in Greater Manchester.

The post is initially on a three-year basis, reviewed after 12 months.

7 hours per week, to be worked flexibly

£27,905 – £32,029 pro rata

25 days’ annual leave pro rata

Based at Church Action on Poverty office, Salford. Working across Greater Manchester and occasional travel nationally.

Subject to negotiation, the work could also be carried out on a freelance basis, paid on an appropriate daily rate, equivalent to the gross cost of a paid staff member.

Church Action on Poverty is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community – a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We offer a range of family-friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, and services to support staff from different backgrounds.

About the programme

Our Church on the Margins programme in Greater Manchester seeks to promote the idea of a ‘Church of the Poor/Church on the Margins’: a church of justice, inclusivity and welcome. The Church on the Margins programme will be delivered in conjunction with the Methodist Manchester and Stockport District, the Centre for Theology and Justice based at Luther King House and other ecumenical partners. It will develop a network for people who are involved in church activism, estate ministry, people from church congregations, inclusive church, alternative church and those who want to make church a more welcoming place for all.

Over the next three years we will establish and facilitate a series of peer learning sets, to bring together groups of churches and projects across Greater Manchester, to explore together what it means to be a ‘church of the poor’, how to respond lovingly to their local context, and how to fully engage in Christian within marginalised communities. They will share stories of how their faith informs their action, and their action deepens their faith.

By the end of the three years we will have developed a robust evidence base, illustrating what it means to be a ‘church of the poor/church on the margins’ and effective models of Christian discipleship in a range of contexts of poverty and marginalisation across Greater Manchester. That evidence will motivate other people and churches within the region to adopt similar models of mission and praxis in their own contexts.

  • Each year, we will recruit two cohorts of six to eight churches, groups and projects, including people with experience of poverty as full participants.
  • Each cohort will include groups drawn from local churches, projects and individuals engaged in social action, including a range of ecumenical partners.
  • Each cohort will participate in a day workshop, using the pastoral cycle to help them listen more deeply to marginalised people, understand the communities where they live and work, reflect theologically on their social action, and plan further action.
  • We will work with Luther King House and others training ministers and lay workers, to arrange placements in projects within the community of praxis.
  • We will organise an annual reflection day for 20-30 people with: stories from local churches and projects; theological reflection; and workshops to discern shared learning.
  • We will have shared these findings with the wider church across Greater Manchester and nationally: both with other practitioners, and with church leaders and those setting policy and making decisions in circuits, districts, and other church institutions. Church bodies of all denominations, in the region and at national level, will have a better understanding of what it means to be a ‘church of the poor’ in practice; and of the value and importance of investing resources such as finance, ministry and lay training to pursue this goal.
  • We will have established a model for building communities and engaging churches that can be replicated in other regions – by Methodist districts and circuits, and by equivalent bodies in other denominations.

Key role for the Facilitator

The key tasks of the facilitator within this process are:

  • Establish and facilitate two Church on the Margins peer learning sets per annum in Greater Manchester, each comprising 6-8 churches/groups.
  • Plan and facilitate a reflection workshop for each learning set, drawing on existing Church Action on Poverty resources/approaches and any other appropriate participatory learning methods.
  • Co-facilitate an annual reflection day for 20-30 people with: stories from local churches and projects; theological reflection; and workshops to discern shared learning.
  • Work with other members of the Church Action on Poverty staff team to gather stories and case studies from local churches/participants to contribute to wider learning as to what it means to be a Church on the Margins.
  • Contribute to wider learning as to what it means to be a Church on the Margins through writing, participating in workshops, giving talks etc, as time and opportunities permit.

The application deadline is 5pm on 23 January.

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