Transforming the communities of Essex & East London through Christ’s presence

Head of the School for Church Planting for the Diocese of Chelmsford

Location: Chelmsford

The Bishop of Chelmsford writes:

There was a time when for most people the word Church meant building. Or perhaps Vicar. If you were ordained, people asked you when you went into the Church. In the Church of England, it might also mean geographic area. Every square-inch of the country is in somebody’s parish.

However, that way of being Church: Church = building + Vicar + geographic area is no longer sustainable. We don’t have the money to do Church that way. But even if we did, is it the right approach?

Everything is different nowadays. Even those who live a more settled life in traditional neighbourhoods, also have a rich networked life. Everyone is online. Most people work in one place, but rest and pray somewhere else. We therefore need to be a church of the networks as well as the neighbourhoods.  Moreover, we need to recover the pioneering, missionary zeal of those who were responsible for the first evangelisation of England.

Here in the Chelmsford diocese, we think we need similar movements of renewal and pioneering mission today. As we move forward with our vision to transform the Church, and for the Church to be a transforming presence in the world, we need to re-imagine our ministry so that every person grows in discipleship and recognises their share in God’s ministry; and we particularly need to learn how to plant new churches and establish new Christian communities.

We have a big vision to plant 101 new Christian communities over the next 10 years.

But in order to do this we need a School of church planting to grow, enthuse and equip those clergy and lay people who will be our frontline pioneer and planting ministers. This is a huge task. However, it is the historic vocation of the Church of England to be the church for everyone.

Chelmsford is a diocese of astonishing diversity. We are a deeply rural diocese in North Essex; we are a rapidly changing, multi-cultural and multi-ethnic diocese in East London. And everything in between. We have a great diversity of church tradition and we are proud to be church planting through all these different traditions. We need someone who loves the church in all its rich diversity so much so that they want to help it change and become what it is meant to be: God’s transforming presence for everyone everywhere.

We are looking for someone of vision, imagination, faithfulness and practical experience in church planting to help us. The the Job Description gives you the details.


To apply

Please complete the Application Form provided together with the Confidential Declaration, which should be returned to Dawn Weddell at by 9am on Monday 22 July 2019. In addition to the application, we would be pleased to receive a video of no more than 2 minutes introducing yourself and summarising your excitement for the role. Interviews will be in Chelmsford on Tuesday 23 July.

For an informal conversation about the role please contact either:

Dave Wade, Head of New Christian Communities at or

Roger Matthews, Dean of Mission, Ministry and Education at


View the Job Description

View the application Form

Closing Date: 22 July 2019

Further Details

  • Vacancy Location: Chelmsford

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