Vacancy: Ethnic Communities Enabler, Full Time

The Anglican Diocese of Wellington and NZ Church Missionary Society are seeking to appoint the first Ethnic Communities Enabler (ECE).

Rapid social, technological and political changes in the world have acted as catalysts for migration and movement. New Zealand has increasingly become a multi-cultural society. About 25% of those living in New Zealand were born in other nations, and our close proximity and cultural makeup means our nation can be seen as a strategic gateway to Asia and the Pacific.

The Anglican Diocese of Wellington is seeking to build on its growing reputation for innovative approaches to mission. The mission of the Anglican Diocese of Wellington is to be a transformative, Kingdom of God movement of local faith communities. We care for the last, the lost, and the least. We are seeking someone to be part of what God is doing in the diverse and exciting cultural environment of the Wellington Diocese in order to see more followers of Jesus in ethnic communities while also increasing their representation and full participation in all parts of the Diocese and beyond. This position aims to provide a tangible way of growing the Kingdom of God among ethnic communities in the Anglican Diocese of Wellington by identifying current communities and looking for opportunities for development and partnership. The creation of this new role of Ethnic Communities Enabler is the first step of this vision.

To see this vision fulfilled, the Diocese is partnering with the New Zealand Church Missionary Society. NZCMS is a mission organisation seeking to mobilise the Church of New Zealand for God’s mission. We partner with individuals and churches who share a common vision, particularly Anglican churches. NZCMS is recognising the opportunities for cross-cultural mission within New Zealand and seeks to support the Church in New Zealand in growing in its passion and engagement for cross-cultural mission both locally and globally.

The Purpose

The three year role’s primary focus is to:

  • increase the number of disciples of Jesus in ethnic communities
  • support leaders within existing churches as well as fresh expressions of church
  • develop closer mission partnerships with other ethnic congregations and explore opportunities for growth and partnership
  • help parishes and ministry units to better reflect the ethnic identity of their communities
  • help lay and ordained leadership in the Diocese to recognise the ethnic bias within themselves and their congregations in order to consciously engage with those at the fringes of their communities and help those groups to grow in culturally relevant ways

This is a full time position based in Wellington.

A fuller job description can be downloaded by clicking here. Please send your application to steve@nzcms.org.nz with a CV, and a statement about your faith and personal approach to ministry. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Candidates will be interviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.