Over a third of the parishes in Guildford Diocese have an employed worker (over 50 at last count!), and we offer training, support and advice to those in what can be a uniquely challenging role in the church. We offer three termly networking lunches and three training streams each year (extensively advertised in the monthly mailing – the best way to find out is to join our mailing list). We run an annual three-day retreat in rural Sussex (where the photo above was taken) and we try to offer each worker an annual visit in their parish, as well as ad hoc support and advice as needed. Get in touch with David in the first instance (some support is provided by others when more pastorally appropriate). The 2016-17 training dates can be found here.
Where a parish is looking to employ, we offer advice on best practice, help with drafting documents like job descriptions and person specifications, as well as advising on structural issues and line management, pay scales and best places to advertise. We help PCCs draw up a strategy to ensure the best chance of a successful employment. David will happily come to PCC meetings and sub-group meetings when they are considering employment. Generally we find the earlier we are involved the better.
We are also sometimes called upon by PCCs and workers to help when things aren't going so well or at particular times when more support is needed either for a worker or employer.
We also offer a year-long training programme to people taking up their first role as a youth or children’s worker. It is also suitable for those doing gap years for churches involving youth, children’s or family ministry. This First Timer Training runs every Monday for 35 weeks and provides an excellent foundation in ministry!