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Read our Safer Recruitment policy
The Church of England is committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of everyone within our church community. In the Diocese of Worcester we follow and are committed to the Church of England's House of Bishops’ Safeguarding Policies and the relevant statutory legislation and guidance "Working together" to ensure the welfare of children and young people is paramount. These are available here. Recruitment for any role involving direct contact with children or vulnerable adults will be subject to the guidelines outlined in the Church of England’s Safer Recruitment & People Management practice guidance  including a DBS check where a role is eligible (see individual role descriptions for further detail). Where appropriate, completion of the relevant Church of England safeguarding training may be required as part of the probation period for successful applicants.
Curacy Opportunities
To explore the possibility of a future curacy in the diocese, please contact the Diocesan Director of Ordinands and Vocation, the Revd Dr John Fitzmaurice on 01905 734814 or by email.
Recruitment to vacancies
1. Background
In 2019 the diocese began a process of restructuring, which covered a wide range of issues, including clergy deployment, DBF staffing and diocesan finances. The Diocesan Restructuring Group (DRG) was charged also with looking at pastoral reorganisation - including number and composition of deaneries - with the aim of promoting healthy, sustainable and growing churches across the diocese. To achieve this aim it will be a priority to endeavour to appoint clergy strategically.

2. The Appointment Process
As soon as a parochial vacancy which is planned to be filled arises, it will be listed as a forthcoming vacancy on the diocesan website. The Bishop will consult others (see Section 7, below) to assess the needs of the parish and the wider area. In the first instance, stipendiary curates in training who have been identified as ready to move to a post of independent responsibility will be invited to express interest. The Bishop may ask the parish to consider such curates as initial candidates before advertising more widely. Curates may then apply for the post, and any shortlisted curates will be invited to interview, as initial candidates. If no appointment is made, or no suitable curate applies, the post would be advertised more widely. Those involved in shortlisting and in interviewing (who will include some or all of the following: Bishop, Archdeacon, Area Dean, Deanery Lay Chair, Parish Representatives, Patrons etc) will have local knowledge of both the applicants and the parish in vacancy; they will also have the data and the recommendations of the DRG.

3. Failure to Appoint
If no appointment is made, the Bishop, in consultation with others, will decide either to advertise nationally or to identify a potential candidate, usually from within the diocese. The candidate will be invited to make an application and will be interviewed in the usual way.

4. Final Vacancy (Section 11) Meetings
Parochial Church Councils (at their final vacancy [Section 11] meetings) will still be able to ask the Bishop or Patron to consider advertising the post nationally. Where the decision rests with the Bishop he will give consideration to any such requests, but will be looking for reasons sufficient to justify a change from the process set out in this document, rather than simply the expression of a general preference.

5. Clergy Initiative
Clergy in the diocese will be encouraged, particularly through the Ministerial Development Review system, to advise the Bishop when they believe they are ready for a move, together with any specific reasons why they are seeking a move within the diocese. Clergy from other dioceses who wish to move to the Diocese of Worcester for family or pastoral reasons will continue to have the opportunity to register their wish to move into the diocese with the Bishop.

6. Patronage
None of what is written above will affect the rights of Patrons of individual benefices to choose what appointments procedure (within the Patronage (Benefices) Measure) they wish to use to fill a specific vacancy. It would be hoped that “in house” Patrons would work closely with the Bishop within this policy.

7. Consultation
Decisions as to how the Bishop exercises his various roles within the appointments process are his. In the exercise of his responsibilities the Bishop is supported by:
-The Bishop’s Staff
- Archdeacon of Dudley, Diocesan Leader for Transformation and Change
- Area Deans
- Deanery Lay Chairs
- DRG

Diocesan Finance Volunteers


Summary:
The Diocesan Board of Finance (DBF) stewards the diocesan finances and has an annual budget of just under £9 million, and assets of around £80 million. We’re looking for people to help us strengthen our financial governance and review how
Closing date:
Not specified

Volunteer Deanery Treasurer


Summary:
Could you help Redditch & Bromsgrove deanery as their Deanery Treasurer?
Closing date:
Not specified

Director / Trustee of DoWMAT


Summary:
The Diocese of Worcester Multi Academy Trust (DoWMAT) is seeking to appoint new Directors/ Trustees.
Closing date:
Not specified

Supporting Church Buildings - Can you help?


Summary:
We are looking for people with expertise in a number of different areas to support our Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches (DAC)
Closing date:
Not specified

Team Vicar Kidderminster East


Summary:
We are four churches, each with a distinctive style, set in and on the edge of the town of Kidderminster, committed to holding God at the centre of all we do, and communicating the love of Jesus, guided and transformed by the Holy Spirit.
Closing date:
23rd April, 2024 at 17:00

Operations Manager - Parish of Kingswinford


Summary:
We are two churches who are committed to growth and bringing more people to faith. We are looking for an Operations Manager to join us in that journey, ensuring that our buildings and systems are fit for purpose for the future.
Closing date:
3rd May, 2024 at 12:00

Youth and Children's Worker - St Peter's, Bengeworth


Summary:
Young people transform their Church and our world. Will you work with us to inspire them to take their next steps into the life of the Church?
Closing date:
3rd May, 2024 at 17:00

Youth and Children's Worker - Harvington Youth Project


Summary:
We are looking for a practising Christian with a passion for, and experience of, youth work.
Closing date:
7th May, 2024 at 09:00

Vicar in the Chase Team, Malvern


Summary:
We are seeking to appoint a full-time collaborative, authentic leader, committed to Word and Spirit to work across this team of three churches, each with its own distinct ministry and community.
Closing date:
10th May, 2024 at 17:00

Pioneer Priest in the parish of Kingswinford


Summary:
The parish of Kingswinford is seeking a Pioneer Priest and genuinely wants the person appointed to exercise the pioneer ministry which God has called them to, as they journey alongside them.
Closing date:
14th June, 2024 at 17:00
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