Northern Synod

Learning and Development Officer

Job Title: Learning and Development Officer.

Location: Home based with access to Synod Office. Some travel may be required across Northern England

Fixed term for two years with possibility of extension

Hours: 35 hours per week full time. The post-holder will work 35 hours per week with 23 days annual leave + bank holidays. Working outside of normal hours will be a feature of this role and flexible working will be required. The post-holder will be required to be accountable for their time management.

Salary: £32,800

Disclosure and Barring Service: the post will be subject to DBS clearance.

Responsible to: The post holder is responsible to the Northern Synod of the United Reformed Church. The post-holder will be line managed initially by the Synod Moderator and will be required to work closely with the relevant committees and officers of the Synod. It will also be important for the post-holder to work collaboratively as a team with the Mission Enabler and the Synod’s Children’s Work Advisor.

Purpose of Role:

We are looking for an innovative and enthusiastic person, who is able to deliver results and drive change, able to work collaboratively and pastorally, and be theologically aware, who can enthuse both ministerial and lay members of the local churches in the Synod as they pursue their missional discipleship and respond to the challenge in our ever-changing world through training and development.

Main responsibilities and duties:

1. To advocate, arrange and publicise learning opportunities for Church leaders, Ministers (Stipendiary, Non-Stipendiary and Church Related Community Work Ministers, lay preachers, lay leaders and congregations.)

2. To work with Local Ministry and Mission Reviews (LMMR) and Ministry Accompanied Self Assessment (MASA) to identify and advocate learning opportunities and liaise with the officers of these programmes to encourage individuals/ churches to develop their own potential and pursue opportunities put in place.

3. To undertake learning needs analyses across the synod in light of future developments

4. To oversee the Stepwise programme within the Synod.

5. To find ways to develop the capacity of lay ministry in conjunction with other work across synod.

6. The post holder will work alongside the Synod Ministries and Development Committee, whose responsibilities include:

• supporting candidates for URC minister (e.g. organising the URC Short Course)

• ensuring ordinands are supported by the sending church and Synod

• EM2 training

• EM3 training

• Resourcing Assembly Accredited Lay Preachers and Locally Recognised Worship Leaders

• sabbaticals

These responsibilities are normally overseen by individual members of the Committee. However, the post holder may be asked to offer direction in certain circumstances.

7. To work closely with the Mission Enabler and maintain contact with equivalent officers in other Synods, other ecumenical officers.

8. Together with the Mission Enabler providing or arranging for area events in consultation with Synod Committees which further the mission priorities of the Synod.

9. Developing transition training opportunities for ministers and CRCWs moving to work in new contexts.

10. Liaising with URC Resource Centres for Learning

11. To maintain appropriate records and databases

Support: The post holder will receive the support of computer and other relevant equipment and is encouraged to have a support group. (If necessary, voluntary secretarial support may be provided). He or she will be expected to undertake appropriate in-service training on a regular basis.

The job description will be reviewed and a post holder review will take place in the fourth year of the post.

Annual appraisals will take place with the line manager.

Budget Responsibility: The post holder will be responsible for working within the agreed budget and liaising with the Convener of the Ministries and Development Committee and Synod Treasurer regarding future budgets.

Relationships: The post holder will work collaboratively with the Synod’s Field Team (including the Mission Enabler and Children’s Work Advisor), similar posts in other Synods and wherever possible with ecumenical colleagues.

Health and Safety at Work: The post holder is required to take reasonable care of the health and safety of him/herself and other persons who may be affected by their acts or omissions at work and to co-operate with the Synod Office in adhering to statutory safety regulations.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: The Synod is an equal opportunity organisation and will not discriminate on the grounds of gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, disability, religious beliefs, colour, ethnic or national origin, marital status or age.

This list is an indication of the main tasks to be performed. It is not an exhaustive list of duties and responsibilities and may be subject to amendments to take account of changing circumstances.

The closing date for applications is midday Friday 10 December 2021. Shortlisting will commence on 13 December 2021 with interviews for shortlisted candidates taking place week commencing 22 December 2021.

Please download the following documents.

Application form
Job description
Person Specification

Please e-mail your completed application form to Izzy Milburn:

Director of Ministry Formation
Westminster College, Cambridge

URC Minister’s stipend – 7 year termed appointment, from August 2022 or Permanent Contract, Salary: £42,149-£53,348

Westminster College has many aspects to its life: as a Resource Centre for Learning (RCL) for the whole United Reformed Church (URC); as a key member of the Cambridge Theological Federation (CTF); and as part of the Cambridge academic world. In this role you will relish the opportunity to share in networks of teachers and trainers in the CTF, in the two other RCLs and across 13 Synods of the URC. You will play a full part in fostering the church’s desire to be a learning church in which all are encouraged to grow in faith and service. You are excited at the prospect of sharing in the URC’s life in tune with its ethos of broad theological diversity, alongside openness to ministry and leadership by people from all backgrounds. You will help people to reflect on pastoral practice, on training for practical aspects of ministry and discipleship, while engaging fully in the Church’s mission in ways appropriate to our contemporary context. Are you an educator who is passionate about whole church witness and mission?

The successful candidate will:

  • have a Master’s qualification in theology;
  • have experience of a diverse range of ministries;
  • be an experienced minister or lay person, committed to delivering a high standard of theological education with passion, creativity and

Applications are invited from candidates who are ordained Ministers or members of the United Reformed Church or a church belonging to Action of Churches Together in Scotland, Churches Together in England, Cytun, Free Churches Group, Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, the World Communion of Reformed Churches, the Disciples Ecumenical Consultative Council or the Council for World Mission.*

If you are interested in working for us and can meet the above requirements, please contact us/see our website for an application form (noting that we do not accept CVs):

Human Resources, the United Reformed Church, 86 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9RT T: 020 7691 9871
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Closing date for applications: 12 noon, Monday 10 January 2022 Interviews will be held in Cambridge over two days on 1 and 2 February 2022

*In accordance with the Equality Act 2010: Part 1, Schedule 9, there is a genuine occupational requirement for the post holder to be a practising Christian The post holder requires an Enhanced DBS cert


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