Diocese of Worcester: Chair for our Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches (DAC)

We’re looking for a new volunteer Chair for our Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches (DAC); someone who can lead and steer our aim of enabling worship and mission in our churches and communities, whilst respecting the care and conservation of the historic buildings and churchyards in our charge.

The DAC requires an adept and experienced Chair, with proven ability to manage conflicting views, to find pathways to solutions and to take responsibility for decisions. This will take place in the regular meetings of the committee but also at site meetings and in general casework. At all times the Chair will help parishes appreciate the purpose of the faculty system and the role of the DAC in assisting them to maximise the effectiveness of their buildings and churchyards in mission and ministry. The Chair must be in sympathy with the mission of the Church of England and have an awareness of the issues involved in balancing worship and mission with care and conservation. Expertise in architectural history or conservation is not essential, but a good understanding of the development of ecclesiastical architecture and the liturgical use of church buildings would be helpful. Prior knowledge of the faculty system and experience of serving on a DAC or FAC (a Fabric Advisory Committee for a Cathedral) would be advantageous, as would knowledge of secular planning and funding issues. The Chair also needs to have an understanding of the history and ethos of the Church of England and an understanding of the challenges faced by those responsible for the care of church buildings.

The role is voluntary.

Please APPLY ONLINE where you can find further information and download the application pack.

Please send your CV to hrteam@cofe-worcester.org.uk together with a covering letter detailing how your skills and experience to date will equip you to fulfil the principal responsibilities of this role and details of two references who may be contacted.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Friday 21 February. 
Interviews will be held in Worcester in late February or early March.

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