The Diocese of Sheffield is called to grow a diverse network of Christ-like, lively and sustainable Christian communities in every place which are effective in making disciples and in seeking to transform our society and God’s world.
We are seeking people who can help us to be good stewards of our church buildings and to reimagine our church buildings for 21st century mission; who are excited by the prospect of helping churches to use their buildings in new and different ways to meet local needs and who will enjoy working with a range of stakeholders to develop innovative projects. The Diocese of Sheffield has secured funding to appoint a team of three Buildings Officers on fixed term contracts to December 2026. These roles will be centrally employed and locally deployed.
The three post holders will work together and with colleagues from the Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC), Property Team, Parish Support Team, Associate Archdeacons and others to support the implementation of the vision of the Diocese of Sheffield. Specifically, they will help congregations and local communities understand, maintain, value, and develop their church buildings to support accessible worship, sustainable mission, community activities and innovative new uses and income-generating ventures. They will help churches to identify and plan building projects and work with their professional advisers to deliver maintenance, repairs, improvements and adaptations to underpin mission and growth.
While all three of the roles require an understanding of historic church buildings, and an innovative and creative approach to securing their long-term sustainability, our aim is to create a team with a range of skills relating to buildings, conservation, the development of community assets, regeneration, business planning and income generation. It is not envisaged that any single person will possess all of these skills.
In order to support the 200+ churches in the diocese we have developed a system of tiered support that the Buildings Officers, through being centrally employed and locally deployed, will deliver:
- Tier 1 light-touch/short-term support available to all churches: this will include Quinquennial Inspection follow up visits, telephone/email/online consultations, developing and delivering training sessions on relevant topics and co-ordinating a peer-to-peer support network.
- Tier 2 short-term support available to targeted groups of churches: this will include bespoke planning and training sessions for selected groups of churches including deaneries and Mission Areas.
- Tier 3 intensive/long-term support available to churches identified as needing bespoke support: this will generally be in connection with major schemes of repair or re-ordering, developing new uses and partnerships, undertaking exemplar environmental schemes, dealing with catastrophic events (e.g. fire, flood, structural collapse) or working towards closure.
These are new and evolving roles and the successful candidates will need to be flexible, adaptable and proactive in seeking new ways of working and building relationships. All post holders will have previous experience of working with heritage buildings, a passion for sharing their knowledge with others to help them become better custodians, and more informed clients when commissioning work, and the vision and imagination to help churches and their local communities develop new and innovative ideas.
In addition to working directly with churches to deliver this tiered support, the Buildings Officers will also undertake desk-based tasks including updating entries on the Church Heritage Record, reviewing Quinquennial Inspection reports and updating information held on the condition of churches in the diocese and developing resources to continue to support churches beyond the fixed term of the posts.
Closing date: Wednesday 5th May 12 noon
Interviews will be held on: 20th May via zoom
For an informal conversation contact Michael Lindley (Michael.Lindley@sheffield.anglican.org) to arrange a suitable time.