Julia Hill has joined the diocese in the newly created role of Lay Ministry Developer.
The aim of the role is to encourage people to explore their calling into lay ministries, gain a greater understanding of the range of formal and informal ministries that people can exercise and help them to own and live out their individual calling in the service of God and the mission of the church. The appointment was made possible following some creative thinking and discernment that saw the previous Assistant Director of Ordinands role reshaped and refocused.
Sue Rose, Vocations Team leader says, “I am so excited that Julia has joined the team with all her expertise enabling people to work well with volunteers in church contexts. She is bringing us a fresh impetus to explore and enable lay vocations in the diocese to complement the existing work around ordained vocations.”
Julia adds, “As a lay person, I am delighted to have the opportunity to encourage people to explore their calling, and take on lay ministries that will help them grow in faith support the mission of the church and enjoy using their gifts.”
Julia joins Bath and Wells from the Church Urban Fund where, in partnership with the Church of England she developed a set of online resources to help churches work effectively with volunteers. More recently she worked for the Fund’s subsidiary charity, Just Finance Foundation, developing resources around financial inclusion. Julia also freelances as a volunteer management specialist, helping organisations harness the power that can come from well engaged volunteers.